SunDrum Economy tells the story of the economy our ancestors built and the one many people are now striving to forge, balancing respect for nature and our current needs with the interests of future generations.
Many youth across Canada and the US inspired SunDrum. We want to particularly honour the insights, artistic and horse woman gifts of Marie Williams, Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, that the world lost in May 2013. Marie Williams, left, Kaleena Tanis and youth from California in the background.
Art releases genius. SunDrum believes that the best businesses are built through artistry, that creativity solves problems, and that teaching art, story and celebrating creativity is the key to building healthy and innovative economies. A SunDrum camp workshop at Chawathil Frist Nation, near Hope BC, gave 6 to 16-year-olds a chance to connect art, energy and empowerment, July 2012.
Social entrepreneurship can be taught, must be taught; the best people to teach it know the art and craft of social purpose business from the inside. Students from a social entrepreneurship project at the University of the Pacific in California joined us for the first March 2012 spring break project at a Tsilqot’in First Nation. We did a day program that introduced social entrepreneurship and created the content that would become the backbone of our daylong program and game.
SunDrum is a social entrepreneurship education project that uses art, story, culture and games. We believe that youth living in inner cities and on reservations hold the creative genius to build social purpose businesses that change the world. Youth need access to inspiring stories about social entrepreneurs, hands on experience, mentors and access to capital, we build those tools.