Or was it the Conversation
After settling in to a booth and arranging my stuff I was on the lookout for the person I was to meet. Rob Burbank walked into the Caribou on East Blvd and I hailed him over. We talked for a bit to learn how each of us had arrived at this particular place our lives and then got down to “business”.
Rob started telling about his role at Speak-Up Magazine a nonprofit based in Charlotte, NC. He talked about how their purpose is to give a voice to those without one, speak up for the voiceless and educate the public about the marginalized among us.
Our conversation went all over the place and the energy was palpable because there was a shared understanding and appreciation between us of how helping our less fortunate brothers and sisters needs to change. Admittedly, neither of us are an authority on the topic of the hungry and homeless but we both have participated in outreach programs that while not the “answer” provides comfort.
Speak Up Magazine has mobilized a forgotten but effective way for some of our proud citizens to create their own future. They get to realize self-worth and a sense of accomplishment once thought to be reserved for someone else.
Speak Up Magazine is endeavoring to change how these unique and special people view themselves through the process of becoming a relevant and necessary part of the fabric of our community.
It’s a unique and worthwhile effort that will change lives. To learn more click on the link above!
Rob will be at Launching Carolina Learning Connection on Tuesday May 1 at Atherton Market 6:30
A Beautiful Spring Evening Event
Wow, what a ride, I can’t believe we’re here. When we started putting all this together back in November 2011 there was no way to anticipate all the parts and pieces that needed to be in place to make this work. There will be time to recognize and thank those that encouraged and cheered us on but for now we have an event to announce.
Join us Tuesday, May 1st at 6:30 in the newly renovated Atherton Market in lovely South End.
- Come and learn about Charlotte’s newest alternative to personal enrichment
- Meet some of the wonderful teachers
- Music by the Tsunami Waveriders
- Enjoy tasty local creations from the dedicated vendors at the Market
- A chance to win a $75.00 gift certificate
- Enroll in a class and we’ll waive the $5.00 registration fee
- Fabulous Prizes
May June Semester Class Highlights
- Political Conventions: What Every American Should Know. With the Democratic Convention coming to Charlotte, this will be a fun and entertaining look at this rich slice of American history.
- Improvisational Theater: Introduction to that zany unpredictable acting and see a side of you unseen before.
- Considering Selling Your Home? Attend one of our workshops that will give you ideas and examples that you can immediately use to impress potential buyers.
A Couple of Thoughts
Listen, I need to be perfectly upfront here. Never in my wildest hallucinations did I ever picture myself here. Not here Charlotte, but here, blogging about a lifelong learning platform that was inspired by another lifelong learning platform. My wife has been unbelievably supportive, my 8 year old daughter wants to start her own learning platform for kids and has thought up some pretty cool classes. I’m a builder, I’ve used my hands all my life to make things for other people not a lifelong learning guy. Maybe that’s why I’ve completely enjoyed going from nothing to this on an idea that the good people of Charlotte would like it.
I’ve taken a vision and put 100% of what I know, which isn’t a lot, into something that if the good Lord see’s fit, will be something special. I may be living in a dream, but it beats the alternative.
So come to our Launch Event and say hello, I’d love to meet you and say “thank you” personally for spending some time with us.
Chasing the dream… Marc