Collaboration, connection and community have never been more important. And, in greater Milwaukee, where we thrive on gathering, caring all with our collective lack of pretense, itâ€™s vital that we converge to move the greater good forward.
Iâ€™ve said it forever: A city is only as good as the stories it tells. Tell and shout your Milwaukee story, but anchor it in action, optimism and purpose. So, days after this health crisis hit, as we were all digging in and finding ways to help each other, it was energizing to get a call from Todd McLees and Matt Cordio. Both are not only great human beings but thoughtful, smart big picture thinkers. So, when Todd and Matt connect and convene a group of people, big things emerge â€“ or, in this case, converge.
Today, I'm excited to provide more information on one of Todd and Matt's collaborative ideas:Â Converge Milwaukee. It's anchored in the resilience of the Milwaukee region and built to last beyond the current crisis.
Converge Milwaukee, the brainchild of a collaborative group of Milwaukee-area leaders and entrepreneurs, believes every crisis brings out our best. Thatâ€™s why the group banded together to help sustain local Milwaukee area innovators, entrepreneurs and artisans with a new online marketplace for care packages.
"Our mission is simple: to support community efforts to help individuals, families and businesses solve their grand challenges," said McLees, principal at Pendio Group, a Milwaukee-based management consulting firm.
In a few short weeks, Converge Milwaukee has gone from two entrepreneurs and an idea for a bag of coffee to more than a dozen community leaders, ten small businesses and nine students from the Elmbrook school district. Itâ€™s a growing effort thatâ€™s powered with the values of collaboration. And it is just getting started.
"The Artisan Marketplace is just a starting point," said Cordio. "Itâ€™s a simple example of what can be accomplished in a matter of days. And we are looking forward to…Read more...