We might sound a bit like a broken record, but once again, the people we have met along the way working on Maker City KC continue to blow our minds!
Yesterday we took a field trip to an amazing place called Southeast Enterprises. The sheltered workshop in southeast Kansas City works with makers of all sorts, including Hallmark and Mr. LongArm, assisting in their production and packaging while at the same time offering a sense of fulfillment to 150 hardworking adults with disabilities.
Their mission: To provide a safe work environment and challenging employment opportunities for Jackson County citizens who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
You’ll be hearing more about them soon from us and I promise you will be moved by what’s happening there and perhaps you have a business that could use their help and you can start changing lives, together with them!
This week’s newsletter is packed with great stories:
- We have a feature on Crown & Heart, a thriving jewelry business that started as a hobby for a local art teacher
- Our meet the maker feature is about Liv + Work, a Wichita maker who will be on display at Boulevardia in KC on June 14 and 15
- We’ve got a recap of the impressive and recent ESHIP Summit, put on by Kauffman Foundation, where we learned a whole lot about entrepreneurial ecosystem building
- We’ve got some highlighted events to catch this week
- And make sure you’re following us on social for updates through the week: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
A note from Maker City KC
If you’re opening up this newsletter for the first time or you’re reading through stories on the web, you’ve stumbled across a new project called Maker City KC. Thanks for finding us. Maker City KC highlights the city’s many makers and entrepreneurs, creating an audience for the city’s maker spaces and the spirit of innovation in our city.
We depict and discuss the many dimensions of the 4th Industrial Revolution and the opportunities it creates for Kansas City. And, as part of increasing civic engagement, we want to give voice to the many forms of civic innovation and place-making that are making our city a smarter city from the bottom up.
Our platform is a center of engagement devoted to bringing together makers and change agents from all over Kansas City. By having this centralized platform, makers and future makers can discover others from around the city — not just in their own neighborhoods.
This is a place for people to come together and develop synergy across their many diverse efforts to build a more creative and inclusive Kansas City.
If you like what we’re doing, please share these stories with your friends.
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