“A sense of playfulness is at the heart of creativity, and creativity at the root of the sort of innovation needed to tackle the complex social issues of our times. So it was a huge pleasure to welcome the BLKSHP to No.10 Downing Street. We discussed ways in which policymakers can recast approaches to designing services, and draw upon powerful models of entrepreneurship to better address public need. With both spontaneity and charm, the BLKSHP’s contribution was helpful, impressive and the start of many further investigations.”
— Kieron J. Boyle, Head of Social Investment at the U.K. Cabinet Office

Meet the BLK SHP.

 


Artists IN RESIDENCe

 

Social Entrepreneurs in Residence


The following individuals have been selected as BLK SHP Social Entrepreneurs in Residence for 2015.


NOMInATE A BLK SHP IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Our raison d'etre is to inspire and support people who want to unlock their own powerful voices and creative potential for the benefit of society, with the understanding that being a BLK SHP doesn’t happen without the support and collaboration of others.  And, we might as well have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.

 

How do you become part of BLK SHP?

BLK SHP has five core guiding values: curiosity, conviction (to stand for something and your voice), courage (to pursue paths less travelled by), collaboration (a generous spirit), and contribution.  We’re so determined to see BLK SHP serve as a vehicle for positive social contribution that we have one rule: “The 5% Rule”.  Anyone who is living these values can be a part of the broader BLK SHP ecosystem, so long as they are also giving 5% of their time to social good causes. We plan to establish outposts of BLK SHP around America led by local “shepherds”, as well as several globally, such as in London, Barcelona, and Singapore.


FOUNDER

PETER SIMS
BLK SHP nickname - "Tornado" or "Eagle"
Position/Job Title - Co-Founder & Managing Director, The Silicon Guild; Founder, The BLK SHP Foundation; Co-Founder, Fuse Corps
BLK SHP origin story - I grew up in a small Northern California town of the Sierra Nevada foothills, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe. My father was a judge, from a family of public servants, while my mother was a photographer, from a family of mostly artists. I never thought of myself as creative until I discovered the Stanford d.school, which teaches methods for creative thinking, and a community and collaborations with many entrepreneurs, artists, and social entrepreneurs to support that journey.
BLK SHP mission statement - My calling is to unlock inherent creative and leadership potential in others and, through greater humanity and collaboration, to develop more creative approaches to the institutional and social challenges confronting the world today.
BLK SHP traits - I often write down the last part first, when writing a sentence, then return to the first part.  Thus, I spend a lot of time editing. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
BLK SHP skills - what unique skills do you have? My mind is wired to connect countless dots — people, problems, ideas, and solutions  great for creativity and entrepreneurship, not so great when I wake in the middle of the night with an insight, and can't get back to sleep! 
What advice do you have for other BLK SHP?  If you bet on good people, and find rich ecosystems of like-minds, you will never need to interview for a job again, and will always be able invent your future.

www.siliconguild.com
www.petersims.com
www.fusecorps.org


Board Governance. The Foundation Board of Directors oversees the foundation’s activities. The Board of Directors includes: Akshata Murty, Director of Catamaran Ventures, Peter Sims, Vikki Spruill, CEO of the Council of Foundations, and Georgiana Sims.

PARTNERS

blkshp partners + media partners

the concept of BLKSHP

 Gareth Kay / 2013


HUMAN ELEMENT

George Kembel / 2013

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