Gifts from our community to yours

Oona Eager
December 1st, 2017
Article by: Oona Eager
Gifts from our community to yours

Oona Eager is Head of Community Engagement at THNK. Her role is to create platforms through which THNK’s community of Executive Program alumni can connect and further their journey toward positive impact

 

This holiday gift ideas list features thoughtful products developed by our global community of creative leaders.

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Like many people I know, I felt a little uneasy about last week's Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I was caught somewhere at the intersection of #FOMO (fearing I did not buy enough … or of not having bought anything at all!) and a slightly nauseous feeling in the face of such rampant consumerism.

 

If the cycle of holiday gift giving isn’t slowing down, I hope the adage of ‘vote with your dollar/euro/yen/pound/peso’ still does ring true for many of you. In talking with other THNKers, I’ve surfaced five gift ideas that support these creative leaders’ journeys to make the world better and your desire to put a smile on the face of the people you love.

 

 

1. WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED IMPACT?

THNKer Michael Radke is on a quest to help entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and leaders of NGOs design impact into their models and projects. But how? Behold Impact Kit.

 

Michael: “... it's a workshop in a box, designed to help change makers see the big picture. The kit provides three resources you need to explore, explain, and move to act: a deck of cards to tangibly manipulate the basic methods of social impact, a set of activities to guide your exploration, and an online resource to put your ideas into motion.”

 

$95USD. Order online.

 

2. GET CIRCULAR...WITH YOUR TREE

Take a minute to consider what happens to your dear Christmas tree once the lights come down, your gym membership gets renewed, and your mind-boggling post-gift-buying-frenzy credit card bill arrives in your inbox.

 

Designer, artist, and THNKer Liat Azulay decided that these carbon-eating beauties deserve a second life after their month of glory. So she launched MerreXMas: tree decorations, made from Christmas trees!

 

Prices Vary. Order online.

Give your Christmas tree a second life after its month of glory with these #circular gifts. Click To Tweet

3. LIFELONG LEARNING

The THNK Community is made up of global practitioners from diverse backgrounds, many of whom are authors, too. This holiday season, choose from books that will not only keep you well informed in 2018, but will help shift your mindset.

 

4. KEEP HEARTS - AND FEET - WARM

For many families, Alzheimer’s disease is a tragic reality that THNKer Genevieve Ho Sam Sooi is drawing attention to with Alzheimers Socks. The mismatched patterns on these socks symbolize the confusion that people with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia have to deal with on a daily basis. Purchasing these socks directly supports research at the VUmc Alzheimer Center.

 

€6.99/pair. Order online

 

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The mismatched patterns on these socks symbolize the confusion of people with dementia Click To Tweet

5. CONSCIOUS GIFT-GIVING GOES META

THNKer Akshai Sarin saw consumers’ desire to support craftsmanship and independent producers, so he created a marketplace and support system for non-profit made products. Find your next gift (or treat yourself!) on www.blessdbuy.com

 

WHO BELONGS TO THE THNK COMMUNITY?

Interested in learning more about THNK’s community of Executive Program alumni? Learn more at thnk.org/community

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