Meet the BLK SHP.
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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. As individuals, we also love to practice what we like to call "5% GSD," channeling a percentage of our time to positive social contribution. Anyone living these values can be part of the broader BLK SHP ecosystem. We plan to establish outposts of BLK SHP around the United States, as well as several globally, led by local “shepherds."
BLK SHP nickname - "Tornado" or "Eagle"
Position/Job Title - Founder & CEO, Parliament, Inc; Co-Founder, BLK SHP; 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.
Board Governance. The Foundation Board of Directors oversees the foundation’s activities. The Board of Directors includes: Peter Sims, Vikki Spruill, CEO of the New England Aquarium, and Georgiana Sims.