We envision pollinating a number of social enterprises over the coming years that will further our mission, have some positive impact in our communities, and help sustain our nonprofit financially.
They could be fully owned by Re>Think or partnerships with others. They could be businesses that start on the back of a napkin, or an existing one that we invest in.
What better way to begin that process than to collaborate with our community?
So we held a competition, of sorts, called Re>Think Community Business Collaboration (’cause we’re more about collaboration than competition) seeking specific ideas and that included prizes and the chance to partner with us on the venture.
After reviewing a number of solid submissions over several rounds, we awarded prizes to three ideas we thought were the best fit for us and had the best chance of having impact.
This quarterly festival aims to become the premiere event to spotlight the Hudson Valley’s finest makers (artisans/crafters/designers/vintage collectors), musicians, film makers and food entrepreneurs all in one location at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh — a place where people can come to enjoy local products and be immersed in a total Hudson Valley lifestyle experience.
The event will raise public awareness about localism and encourage more spending on local Hudson Valley businesses, obviously near and dear to our hearts. They expect to launch this holiday season.
This New Paltz-based company collects food scraps, produces compost and sells soil amendments. Their goals revolve around rethinking waste and resource management at the community and individual level, so that local self-reliance on recycled organics to sustain high quality soils becomes the norm in regenerative agriculture. Besides the Hudson Valley, they also serve the NYC area and northern New Jersey.
In its embryonic stage, the plan is to grow a multi-stakeholder cooperative in Beacon with a focus on individual and community wellness. The structure will be framed by community health workers who offer health coaching and members who’ll share ownership and democratic governance.
They plan to host classes and workshops related to wellness and to create a comprehensive wellness library for members.