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Now on to my guest for today Michelle Fishburne, who turned her job loss into an opportunity building Who We Are Now, a glimpse into the life of Americans in 2020.
Michelle started out professionally as a high-powered attorney, traveling around the world. When she started a family, she opted to stay home and delved into homeschooling. This led her to get curious about education and alternatives to traditional education.
Most recently she worked as an executive for the Brian Hamilton Foundation’s Inmates to Entrepreneurs program. Ever unconventional, when Michelle found herself out of a job and her children gone earlier this year, she opted to hit the road. Since July she’s been traveling the country, documenting and sharing stories and pictures of how people around the country are living and coping with the pandemic, sharing them at Who We Are Now online.
A recurring theme in Michelle’s stories and in our conversation was how vital the local community is, especially downtowns, and how people can really step up and find creative solutions to current challenges when they work together. Michelle’s stories attest to the power of ingenuity and compassion for others you can find all around the country, no matter your political stripe.
Now, let’s get better together.
Actions to Try or Advice to Take
- Looking for a dose of hope on a dark day? Check out Fishburne’s stories at WhoWeAreNow.com. Fishburne highlights some remarkable stories of people and businesses coming together to save and preserve their local communities.
- While big businesses have a place, local businesses help keep a community connected and can help foster a feeling of belonging. Whether you’re a consumer or an entrepreneur, look at your own local community. How can you help those who are struggling close by? Supporting just one business can have a ripple effect. (And if you have a story to share, Fishburne invites people to message her @ WhoWeAreNow2020@gmail.com.)
- Get curious. Fishburne says entrepreneurs are insatiably curious. Curiosity can be an antidote to fear and can help keep you going during your biggest challenges.