AWESOME CERTIFIED: The Analogue Laboratory

Awesome Adelaide is proud to announce as the recipients of the March 2015 funding round the incredibly awesome Alex Bishop-Thorpe and Aurelia Carbone from The Analogue Laboratory (housed at The Mill) for their project to “Make Better Magic”.

Over the past 2+ years Alex and Aurelia have undertaken the enormous task of setting up and establishing a working public darkroom for budding and established analogue enthusiasts.

The duo run a series of highly successful photography and development training workshops, providing the tools and chemistry to rent for those who just like them, like to make things – especially those kinds of things that are best created under the soft hues and acrid smells of a blackened out darkroom.

The funding awarded by the Awesome Foundation will allow them to bolster their not-for-profit creative space by enabling the purchasing of a much needed ventilator so they can Continue reading

Here’s your exclusive invitation

Well. It’s safe to say ‘blown away’ is an understatement when it comes to the positive response we’ve had to Awesome Adelaide opening it’s doors earlier this month.

The trustees and myself are thrilled and proud – we knew that Adelaide had a lot of closet Awesome wanting to bust out, but dayyyuuum we’ve seen some top-notch Awesome pop up. And it’s only been a couple weeks!

Anyhow, we thought with all this buzz building up it was high time to get together for a meeting of the minds, Awesome style. Here be the plan:

  1. Fill a room with Awesome change-makers
  2. Make sure everyone is comfortable and happy, put a little music on
  3. Open the floor to discussion
  4. Be titillated by the bold, ridiculously ingenious ideas you all come up with

And before you start up saying ‘ohhhh but I’m not a change maker, so I probs wouldn’t, like, fit in there…’ we would like to point out that you are definitely a change-maker.

The way we define change-maker is someone who wants to make a difference, someone who loves to encourage the Awesome in others, and wants to connect with other like minded folks. Someone just like you who ‘gets’ that support and possibility make for an excellent combination.

If you weren’t a change-maker you’d be reading some other boring blog and it’s likely the Awesome Foundation wouldn’t even be on your radar. But since Awesome is on your radar, and you are a change-maker, you absolutely belong at our jam session!

Right. Details.

Date: 6th November 2014 (it’s a Thursday, calendar that it in now)
Place: The Hub, Peel Street, Awesome Adelaide
Time: 6:15PM
What to bring: Your fine self. Optional/Encouraged – friend/s and delicious snacks.Looking forward to meeting you all! And I know I keep saying it but you seriously do have permission to be Awesome.

Lucinda Roberts
Your Dean
Awesome Foundation – Adelaide Chapter

This is seriously inspiring

Did you see the last grant the Melbourne Chapter awarded to Long Street Coffee? Wow, talk about inspiring community action.

LSC are a social enterprise cafe who employ and train young people from refugee backgrounds in hospitality, giving them really tangible working skills so that they can be independent. They ran a couple of pop-ups and then decided to go all in and open a cafe to expand the opportunities for their baristas in training!

Isn’t that Awesome? Check out the full story here.

It’s projects like LSC that make our Awesome team so thrilled to have opened the doors for Adelaide to engage the same sort of game-changing ventures. Because that’s what these $1000 grants are all about.

Imagine an Adelaide where the innovators with ideas just as brilliant as Melbourne’s LSC get the support and resources they need to get off the ground… it would start a ripple effect of Awesome service that really connects us as a community. And yeah, that sounds a bit wishy washy, but the truth is we can achieve so much more as a community than as individuals.

When we pool our strengths, experiences, and resources, we extend our reach and seriously Awesome things happen. You only need to think of the difference LSC have made to the lives of their trainees to know that Adelaide’s first ever Awesome Foundation grant has the potential to really shake things up for the better.

Plus it’s super easy to apply. We know you think grants are hard work but we’ve done the hard work already so change-makers can focus all their energy on just making that Awesome happen. Click here to see how simple it is if you don’t believe us yet.

Trust us, you have permission to be Awesome.

It’s time! Let’s get Awesome.

You’ve been so patient in the lead up to Awesome Adelaide’s first grant launch, but you don’t have to wait anymore!

The Adelaide Chapter of the Awesome Foundation has officially opened it’s bright shiny doors to grant applicants.  We know that you’ve been bubbling with a cool idea (or three) that would positively shake things up around this town – now is the time to come forward so we can help you make it real!  Even if you’ve been bubbling away in secret but just know that you can make Adelaide brighter, we want to hear from you.

The process of applying is really, really easy.  For real.  We’ve been conscious to make the application process as simple as possible so there is little as possible standing in the way between you and your Awesome idea.  Click here to find out just how easy it is to be Awesome.

But if you’re still a little unsure, we get it because we’ve all been there.  Putting your hand up to try something new can be uncomfortable but we want you to know that we’re here to support you the whole way!  Our dean, and all our trustees have been exactly where you are, asking themselves ‘is this even a good idea?’.  Trust us when we say it is, it really is. And we’re looking forward to helping you make it a reality!

If you have any questions at all get in touch, and remember…

Never forget that you are one of a kind.  Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all of your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place.  And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world.  In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about.  So be that one person.

Buckminister Fuller
P.S. Don’t forget to come say hi on Facebook and Twitter!

You don’t want to miss this! Seriously.

You heard it first.

Remember that awesome opportunity to give your brilliant idea a boost with a $1000 mico-grant? Of course you do. You’ve probably been thinking about it every day since you discovered the Adelaide Chapter of Awesome Foundation existed.

We will be offering a grant every month to the most awesome, engaging ideas, with entries for the first ever grant opening October 1st, 2014. That’s right, this coming Wednesday we will open the doors to you and your cool idea.

SAVE THE DATE. That’s literally all you need to do. How easy is that? Heaps easy.

Unless of course you’ve changed your mind about making your idea happen. Then do whatever it is you normally do on Wednesdays.

Once again, the Adelaide Chapter of the Awesome Foundation officially launches Wednesday 1st of October.