FORT (Resident Makers Program to help creatives start their own companies).

submission by iamjac

About Your Organization

Organization name(s):

FORT

Organization website:

http://fortgoods.com/

Organization Twitter handle:

https://twitter.com/fortgoods

Organization Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/FORTgoods

Organization Instagram:

http://instagram.com/fortgoods

Describe your organization (check only one):

Nonprofit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Individual

Please Describe Yourself (check only one):

Solo actor (just us on this project!)

Proposed collaboration (we want to work with partners!)

Collaboration (partners are signed up and ready to hit the ground running!)

IN ONE SENTENCE, PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT YOUR ORGANIZATION DOES.

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FORT is a scalable community workshop that organizes artists and community members to repurpose reclaimed materials into functional goods.

In one sentence, please describe your idea or project.

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FORT plans to expand its current operation and launch Resident Maker Programs (complete with DIY workshops, 3D Printing & Ted-like talks).

Please write a sample tweet to describe your submission.

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We are lighting up the significance of creative potential at FORT (@fortgoods). Tomorrow night's workshop: Wiring Lamps! Come by!

DOES YOUR PROJECT IMPACT LOS ANGELES COUNTY? Check only one.

Yes (benefits all of LA County)

Yes (benefits a region of LA County)

Yes (benefits a population of LA County)

No

Which area(s) of LA does your project benefit? Check all that apply.

Central LA

East LA

South LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South Bay

Westside

Other:

WHAT IS YOUR IDEA/PROJECT IN MORE DETAIL?

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At FORT we want to take the feeling of community, construction, creativity, and design, which we innately held in our adolescence (building forts), and use it to empower and reinvigorate the Los Angeles population as a whole. We have accomplished this on a small scale out of our workshop in DTLA, but are ready to take it to the broader community. Through our Resident Maker Program, local residents will learn from the best, refine their ideas, and launch their creative products through FORT. Resident Makers will agree to give workshops themselves a ‘pay it forward’ like fashion. Because of this crucial feature, the Maker community can be self-generating, viral, and scalable, thus increasing and magnifying its social impact.

WHAT WILL YOU DO TO IMPLEMENT THIS IDEA/PROJECT?

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Currently FORT operates as a company that leverages reclaimed materials to create beautiful pieces of furniture. We also host DIY workshops, where community members learn from prominent artists/makers, make goods from reclaimed materials, and organize monthly events focused on community and design. Our inventory is available through our website and by appointment. FORT would like to evolve this established base into a new creative paradigm for social impact, empowering Los Angeles and creative industries/businesses at large.

Implementation would consist of 5 integrated components:

• Rolling out our FORT Resident Maker Program. This unprecedented element would consist of selecting local makers each month and giving them the tools they need to launch their creative product. We would provide necessary allotted space for them to work in our workshop, required machinery including 3D printers, professional photography for their piece, space in our online marketplace, as well as the mentorship and resources needed to make it in the world as a newfound artisan entrepreneur.

• Acquisition and build-out of new location. FORT is currently housed out of a 1,650 sq loft in DTLA. A bigger space with more accessibility and visibility would be a great help to us in this endeavor.

• Fulfill already secured partnerships (elaborated upon in a subsequent question below). FORT has collaborated with some incredible organizations in our time of operation. In our efforts to make LA the best place to create in 2050 we will partner with the following:

o No Right Brain Left Behind
o Habitat for Humanity-
o Good Planet
o VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center)-
o Mentor Matchmaker

• Enhance our DIY WORKSHOPS by recruiting the most talented makers and designers from all over the world to share their craft with locals. We are modeling this after Restaurant 57 who takes visiting chefs in from all over. We will do the same by inviting worldly makers who come through LA.

• Establish Pop-up workshops and DIY seminars in various neighborhoods across LA to distribute the knowledge, skills, and a platform to Angelenos from all different economic levels.

HOW WILL YOUR IDEA/PROJECT HELP MAKE LA THE BEST PLACE TO CREATE TODAY? IN 2050?

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It is the age-old adage, “Give a man a fish…teach a man to fish...” Through the reverberating effects of our Resident Makers selling their products and acquiring the tools to become entrepreneurs themselves, FORT will facilitate an environment in which creatives can flourish in Los Angeles for years to come. In exchange for the platform to learn, refine, and launch their creative products through FORT, Makers will agree to give workshops themselves in a ‘pay it forward’ like fashion. Many of such workshops will be given in a pop-up like fashion in underserved areas of LA. This feature will grant children from struggling communities activities that will allow them to explore creative potentials. We will show them that through the usage of reclaimed materials they too can build and create things with very little to start.
As for the future, 2050 will become a year in which all people in LA have the community resources to make financial means through their own creative endeavors. Given the community that we are building with the workshops and events centered around design, it will be much more commonplace for Angelenos to congregate on these common grounds. The divide of East LA and West LA will blur as we all gather mid-point in DTLA to remember that young, playful spirit of building forts. In addition to the social impact FORT will have, we will also have an environmental impact as the increased usage of reclaimed materials will correspondingly decrease the waste accumulating in landfills. In the year 2050, building with all new materials will become a thing of the past. Our population will have made the realization that most of what we need to build with, both intellect and material, is already here…just waiting for us to behold. That by reclaiming the goods and materials we already have readily available, we can make anew through great design and ingenuity. Expanding the current operations of FORT would be an incredible step towards such a reality.

WHOM WILL YOUR PROJECT BENEFIT? PLEASE BE SPECIFIC.

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• The children of the Salamander Project (last year's recipient of LA 2050) as well as youth from other underserved communities will learn skills and explore their creative potentials through free workshops from FORT.

• Creatives who are chosen for the FORT Resident Maker Program will launch their product and be given resources to embark on their businesses.

• Adult participants of the DIY WORKSHOPS given at FORT will build connections as well as pieces they get to take home with them.

• Audiences of the FORT ‘Ted’-like talks from great creative thinkers and designers will leave inspired and excited about new perspectives.

• Participants of our monthly round table dinner party will enjoy one another and provocative questions/table discussions about how to foster a better LA culture.

• Older generations (as we will seek out retired craftsmen and makers to give talks and workshops) will pass on their incredibly valuable knowledge and experience the joy of knowing they are a necessary component of our society.

• Local colleges, Jacqueline Sharp (FORT founder) through speaking engagements will give talks about entrepreneurialism and creating your own job in this new economy.

Overall however FORT (Resident Makers Program) will help the LA community at large because it incredibly integrated with all of the 5 categories of LA2050.

• LEARN- Education of the arts for all ages through the DIY workshops and lectures given at FORT.

• CONNECT- FORT hosts community events, dinners, talks, and a monthly event that features a creative elderly who has much to share…bridging the gap between the young and the old.

• LIVE- The environmental impact that FORT would have would come from diverting materials away from the landfills through the primary use of reclaimed materials.

• PLAY- What better way to play than to build with new friends?

How will your project impact the LA2050 "CREATE" metrics?

Employment in creative industries

Arts establishments per capita

Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA

Federal research grant funding

Patents per capita

Jobs per capita

Minority- and women-owned firms

Gini coefficient

Number of high-growth startups

Venture capital investment

Measures of cultural and global economic influence (“soft power”) (Dream Metric)

Recruiting and retention rates at local higher education institutions (Dream Metric)

Percentage of graduates from local higher education institutions that remain in LA County 5 years after graduating (Dream Metric)

Unemployment rates (and opportunities) for the formerly incarcerated (Dream Metric)

Other:

Please elaborate on how your project will impact the above metrics.:

FORT (Resident Makers Program) will impact several of the above metrics and below we have highlighted a few:

- Increase employment opportunities in creative industries. Project Fort will have an exponential impact on job employment in creative industries by providing emerging artists and makers with: (i) workshops to design and build; (ii) a marketplace to sell their product; and (iii) business education, mentorship support and networking opportunities. This project will create sustainable local owned and operated businesses which will directly increase employment opportunities for artists, makers and their employees.

- Increase Arts establishments per capita. Through providing a platform for artists and makers to design and build their own products and start their own business the Resident Maker Program will directly increase the amount of design workshops, art and furniture galleries and other arts establishments per capita in LA.

- Concentration of manufacturing activity in LA. All design and manufacturing of products created through the Resident Makers Program will be done in workshops in LA and products will be made with reclaimed materials which are sourced locally through Habitat for Humanity, Good Planet and other local suppliers.

- Patents per capita. Through innovative and cutting edge designs created through the Residents Maker Program and through collaborative partnerships with innovative company's such as Changing Environments http://www.changing-environments.com/ this project has the potential to generate 10 patents in the first year. With exponential growth every year thereafter this project will directly increase the amount of patents per capita in LA in 2050.

- Minority and women-owned firms
FORT's owner (Jacqueline Sharp) is both a woman and minority and FORT understands and appreciates the obstacles woman and minorities often face in launching their own business. Through FORT's success it has served as a strong example to the community of the opportunities available to both minorities and woman. While FORT seeks to directly increase the amount of minority owned firms in LA by 2050, FORT's vision is to empower and support artists and makers of all genders, races and economic backgrounds to turn their creative passions into successful businesses.

-In addition to these we will impact the environment by diverting raw materials away from the landfills and encouraging others to do so at home.

PLEASE IDENTIFY ANY PARTNERS OR COLLABORATORS WHO WILL WORK WITH YOU ON THIS PROJECT.

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Yes, all of the following mentioned collaborators are confirmed:

• No Right Brain Left Behind- FORT will build up and off of the success of past and future recipients of LA2050. We are partnering with NRBLB by giving free DIY workshops to kids of the Salamander Project who struggle with challenging circumstances. Such workshops will go hand in hand with their educational curriculum (ie if they are learning about electricity/Thomas Edison FORT will give a workshop to them on wiring lamps).

• Habitat for Humanity- will help supply us with reclaimed materials from which we build in return we help build homes and give workshops.

• Good Planet- will also provide FORT with building materials. The supply from Good Planet comes directly from recycling the wasted wood, rope, metal, ect. that is ever flowing from commercial and movie set productions.

• VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center)- will take special care of our FORT Resident Makers with one on one sessions with expert professionals who will help them start their own business after launching their product through FORT.

• Mentor Matchmaker- will provide our FORT Resident Makers with experienced mentors to guide them in their journey of creating a career out of their creative passion.

PLEASE SELECT WHICH OTHER LA2050 GOALS ARE RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT OR ORGANIZATION (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY):

LA is the best place to LEARN

LA is the best place to CONNECT

LA is the healthiest place to LIVE

LA is the best place to PLAY

PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW YOU WILL EVALUATE YOUR PROJECT.

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As a growing business it is critical to have a strategic plan to measure success. FORT uses a well-known tool: OKRs. The system made famous first by Intel and now by Google asks all employees to outline their major objectives and the quantifiable actions it'll take to achieve them. It’s a technique designed for accountability and enforced with scores.

OKRs are made up of a high level objective, a more detailed description of why that objective is important, a summary of how the objective aligns with the broader goals of both the person’s team and the company, and the three to five key results that will help them achieve that goal (see below for examples).

When personal objectives are directly and clearly connected to the broader goals of the company, they’re suddenly more inspiring, less myopic. FORT will make them public so everyone can see what’s on their co-workers’ plates and see how other Resident Makers are doing with their objectives and key results. That way, OKRs become a built-in way for people to ask for resources, or easily spot where they can come to their colleagues' aid or collaborate with other Resident Makers.

FORT's OKR systems will include the following components:
-The ability to track results on a quantitative basis. Key results are not general or subjective actions you plan to take. They should always include numbers to make it clear how much has been achieved. For example, how many Resident Makers have successfully gone through the program each quarter.

-Make it something people look at, every quarter, every week, every day. This consistency turns goal-setting into a habit and changes how people think about their work and approach their everyday to-dos. FORT will require specific milestones from it's employees and Resident Makers to help ensure that they are meeting up to the standards of the program and achieving their personal objectives. For example we will be charting revenue.

-OKR's have to be a stretch. Most people wouldn’t consider 70% to be a good grade, but for OKRs that’s just about perfect due to the ambitiousness of the goal set in place. FORT wants its employees and Resident Makers objectives to be lofty enough to push them beyond their limits. It forces the tough conversations about what's truly needed to beat expectations and make a difference that will materially impact LA in the year 2050. With this, we will chart number of workshops given and numbers of participants from all over the city.

WHAT TWO LESSONS HAVE INFORMED YOUR SOLUTION OR PROJECT?

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When Jacqueline Sharp (FORT founder) started her business she did so with very little. It seemed daunting at times, but she quickly learned how to get better with each step, "I started with a Craigslist ad for a $50 table saw and a ton of YouTube clips. I’ve been learning every day since. Whenever I can, I surround myself with people who are more skilled, more knowledgeable, and I ask a lot of questions. I have found that if you are pleasant and genuine, people who love their craft often love to share it with others." (quote from recent Darling interview http://darlingmagazine.org/the-dreamer-embodied-fort/) From this experience she realized a need for mixing the experienced with the inexperienced. The experienced makers will lead the workshops teaching those less knowledgable, and the inexperienced workshopper's excitement will fuel the instructors reminding them of the joys of their craft. Both parties have so much to offer one another.

She also learned that the "barriers are only as strong as you make them. I’ve been asked if it is difficult being a girl, a minority, not having an MBA, not having had start-up funding, not having had necessary skill sets, the list goes on! Fortunately, I rarely pay notice to such things. I was busy working and too excited to feel these things were a hindrance. In time, because I was comfortable with who I was and where I was in life, all of those ‘obstacles’ ultimately became assets. For others, the fact that I was a woman was interesting; a minority, memorable; undereducated, atypical; underfunded, resourceful; and under skilled, teachable. It is all about perspective and working towards the fulfillment of your own potential." (quote from recent Darling interview http://darlingmagazine.org/the-dreamer-embodied-fort/) From this experience Sharp realized that a lot of people focus on the things that can hold them back from incredible ventures when all they really need is to look at themselves from another perspective. This has led to Jacqueline Sharp's excitement in working with entrepreneur makers and wanting to give them a space they feel powerful coming from.

Read more about her story in a Forbes.com feature: http://www.forbes.com/sites/sarahmckinney/2014/01/06/creating-beautiful-furniture-from-reclaimed-materials-the-inspiring-story-of-jacqueline-sharps-fort/

EXPLAIN HOW IMPLEMENTING YOUR PROJECT WITHIN THE NEXT TWELVE MONTHS IS AN ACHIEVABLE GOAL.

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Because FORT is already an existing workshop/retail we already have that side of the model in place. That is a huge foundation to begin from. We plan to launch the Resident Maker's Program and that we have extensive networks and social media outlets to garner support from. Jacqueline Sharp (FORT founder) is a part of AMEX's CEO Bootcamp network, a Tory Burch Foundation Alumni, a Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses Alumni and has many other local organizations she's worked with as well. These networks will assist in the marketing of this program and recruitment of entreprenuers. Build out of a space will take a relatively short amount of time as a workshop takes little glitz, glam, or cosmetic transforming. We mostly need machines and shelving for materials. Building out this new and improved website which includes a Marketplace for our Resident Makers will take an estimated 3 months. Recruiting various community organizers from all over the city will take a few months and a lot of planning. We want to collaborate with local community organizers to optimize the benefits of 'Popping' in to give our workshops. All in all the project will be fully operational with in 8 months time.

PLEASE LIST AT LEAST TWO MAJOR BARRIERS/CHALLENGES YOU ANTICIPATE. WHAT IS YOUR STRATEGY FOR ENSURING A SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION?

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FORT currently operates as a small business with a smaller customer base. We anticipate some growing pains especially in the operations department of scaling up. We have already connected with operations management consultants and found one that would be perfect for the job! She has ten years of experience in both non-profit and for profit. She loves the concept behind FORT and is excited to work with us if given the opportunity. We would hire her for the onset of this new operation so that she could give us her expertise in this area.

Often times there is a lot of excitement generated in the beginning of a project and then that energy tends to fizzle out. We want to ensure that this project will be one that will carry us into the future of LA making it the best place to Create. In order to do so we will use the aforementioned OKR's to track everyones progress as well as create individual and dynamic operational goals. This will generate a continuous excitement. There will also be new Makers coming in every month, with new ideas and designs keeping everything fresh and full of life.

WHAT RESOURCES DOES YOUR PROJECT NEED? (CHECK ALL THAT APPLY)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Discussion
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I voted for FORT because it provides an invaluable space that encourages community members to pursue their passions, which I believe will foster community growth. I hope y'all win!!! This project looks like it has the potential to move LA in a positive direction, which I think LA desperately needs.

by stickypen
over 1 year ago

I think this is an incredible project that the LA community needs! I'm glad that someone is trying to make this city a healthier, more creative, and more sustainable place to be through active community engagement.

by yamei
over 1 year ago

We at Schkapf are supporting you wholeheartedly. Even thought we are running in the same category, we feel that LA needs FORT (Schkapf needs FORT), as well as a great number of other projects who submitted for this grant! Keep it up! See you on October 8, we hope!

by olyapetrakova
over 1 year ago

GREAT presentation of what you do and how you do it. Very impressed. Good luck! Let us know if we can help with future media needs and please have your producer/editor contact me! Thanks. Ben Caswell. Earthstream Media.com

by ben.caswell
over 1 year ago

Great!

by roselineafolabi
over 1 year ago

I just watched the video and didn't realize until now that the leather workshop was in it! What a great workshop! I use my handmade leather wallet everyday and it is a constant reminder of a simple yet inspiring concept Jac has created with Fort. Kudos to Jac's vision. Vote for Fort!!

by jnwong
over 1 year ago

Creative entrepreneurs of all stripes would benefit from more ubiquitous customer access to online services and communications. We should all work together on getting our best customers and new businesses connected together!
http://myla2050connect.maker.good.is/projects/All_LA_online_faster

by jaredhardy
over 1 year ago

Stoked to see such an important concept as reuse up for this award. Thanks for doing what you do.

by alexeaves
over 1 year ago

You guys have to win!!!! LA needs this!

by Anthonychenian
over 1 year ago

I love this...truly profound.

by cal1mr
over 1 year ago

Amazing project. Let's make this happen!

by cal1mr
over 1 year ago

Rock on Jacqueline! Voted and wish you best of luck!

by nirvan
over 1 year ago

Creativity oozes out of you, Jacqueline. You are the perfect person to steam roll this out. Good luck! If anyone can change the world, it would be you. Best to you, Heidi

by heidichara
over 1 year ago

Love this company and founder! They will make big things happen with this grant!!!

by mentormatchmaker
over 1 year ago

I'm excited to see this come into fruition!

by pythagorean
over 1 year ago

I love this quote from FORT founder 'jac', "I think your barriers are only as strong as you make them." She has proven this true and has a passion for giving others the tools to help them see the same. If you love your creative side, FORT is the place to be!

by RICraig
over 1 year ago

Voted !!!! =)

by Lauren Anatolia
over 1 year ago

I can't say enough wonderful things about FORT and Jacqueline. Such a unique space for people to collaborate, connect and commune!

by anoaman
over 1 year ago

FORT is such a breathe of fresh air. A hidden gem in Downtown Los Angeles. You walk in and immediately feel the burst of creativity. There's just no escaping it.. So grateful for what it's work•shop has been for the artist, creator & entrepreneur and even more excited about how this grant will truly allow FORT to expand it's reach! Get ready!!! I'll Definitely Be There! Will YOU?

by KrystolLartey
over 1 year ago

FORT is such a breathe of fresh air. A hidden gem in Downtown Los Angeles. You walk in and immediately feel the burst of creativity. There's just no escaping it.. So grateful for what it's work•shop has been for the artist, creator & entrepreneur and even more excited about how this grant will truly allow FORT to expand it's reach! Get ready!!! I'll Definitely Be There! Will YOU?

by KrystolLartey
over 1 year ago

I love FORT!
I had the privledge of attending one of the first-ever FORT workshops. Not only was it a great time, but I left completely inspired. I hope FORT continues to have the opportunity to ignite similar passions with my fellow Angelenos. Great work, Jac!

by megleightonquinn
over 1 year ago

I was there last night for a dinner. Truly something special. The people and level of discussion were incredible. I love making these connections and just being there overall. They would rock this town if they won! Vote FORT!!!

by alissa93
over 1 year ago

This is a great concept and the products look incredibly professional and creative. The idea of up-cycling furniture while dealing with humanitarian issues of waste and global/local environmental degradation is very innovative and stylish approach to something we should all get involved with.

by stickypen
over 1 year ago

The fact that they are not only going to do things within FORT's space as well as take it to the streets, I think is pretty phenomenal. Read the whole submission! It's good stuff. I love this idea!

by lexbug2
over 1 year ago

That video is amazing. It brings so much home for the creative community in LA. Thank you FORT for your handwork and brilliance! Shine on!

by garrettt
over 1 year ago

I can' think of a better way to make LA the best place to CREATE by 2050. It is fresh, fun, and self sustainable. Three days til the polls open. Let's get out there and help them campaign!

by michellest
over 1 year ago

I am very interested in this product line and how it will affect the community, very interesting and compelling

by stickypen
over 1 year ago

In a world of supply chain driven retail like Amazon and Walmart, FORT offers a refreshing reversal. As a harbinger of the local, reclaimed, community-based entrepreneurship trend to come, FORT curates a lifestyle that we all should aspire to.

by jon.callard
over 1 year ago

I was at a workshop last week. Will from LuRosa taught us how to make fine leather goods from reclaimed scrap leather. This place is pretty awesome. It was really nice to come into a creative space after sitting at my 9-5 all day. It would be amazing for FORT to win this and take their efforts to a bigger audience especially with the outreach. I think it would really help to shape a creative future for LA.

by dbwilly
over 1 year ago

This is a fantastic idea and will give so much to the city of LA. We need something like this and Jacqueline is absolutely the person who can make this a success!

by tracy.hiner
over 1 year ago

A beautiful idea! Empowering others to make something of their creativity and passion.

by melodyf92
over 1 year ago

This is awesome! Let me know how Coolhaus and Ludlows Cocktail Co. can help further.

by freyaestreller
over 1 year ago

Jacqueline, This is so cool... I love your purpose, passion and persistence to bring your dream and FORT alive and to others. You deserve this and so do the creative minds of L.A. I can't wait to take a class!

by scoates
over 1 year ago

I just got chills watching this video and reading this submission. LA NEEDS this. I'd be proud to live in a city that supports long lasting solutions like this one.

by gailerz
over 1 year ago

As an owner of an event company that is constantly building, tearing down and discarding it is refreshing to see a company like Fort that is reusing and creating better!

by amberblancato
over 1 year ago

You are killing it Jac!!! FORT has my full support, keep shining bright like a diamond!!

by travis.gotthardt
over 1 year ago

Yes ! So excited for this, Jacqueline Is one of the best at what she does. Her best tool is Love! everything she does is with love and she deserves this 100%!! Proud of you Jac!

by willdelarosa
over 1 year ago

You my dear are doing wonderful things. YES to this.

by glegan
over 1 year ago

Fort is an amazing company that not only is innovative and fresh but brings purpose back to once lost items. Jacqueline and Fort are assets to Los Angeles with their passion, drive and conscious efforts and projects. Workshops will bring artists, green conscious and Los Angeles community looking for a change to come together to share ideas, visions and passions.

by gigi.pascual.7
over 1 year ago

It is without any hesitation that I support FORT. As a native LA person who has lived here all of her life. I am extremely excited about the possibilities of what this company offers and can bring to our lives. I watched her video twice and each time, it brought chills to my body and lifted by spirits knowing that LA has something very special coming and its called FORT. I work with the elderly and I can't wait to tell them that the generations to follow will be touched by the creativity and inspiration of a company that desired to not only make a difference, but a significant impact. I can't wait to take a class - sign me up!

by wandakidd
over 1 year ago

I love FORT's vision and truly believe that by enabling this project to bloom it will inspire creativity, mindfulness for the environment while giving a boost to the economy. FORT is the vanguard way to do business.

by LauraCapitanio
over 1 year ago

FORT is an incredibly fresh, creative company. I think in an age of commercialization, her company does a great job focusing instead on authenticity and artistry. I think that these days there is a strong movement in the US of people who really appreciate others that actually make things. I love this idea of the workshops, and I can't wait to take a class. I have so many friends who would be interested in this type of interactive experience with FORT too. Jacqueline is dynamic and engaging, and her passion is completely contagious. She has that "it" factor, and FORT is onto a very insightful brilliant idea.

by JJ_NUMBER_8_INC
over 1 year ago

FORT is a great young company, with an enthusiastic and altruistic leader who has the skills to use this platform to help Los Angeles residents. I believe that FORT will help to grow and unite the local artists and budding artists as well. So excited to watch FORT grow!

by jamie_cia
over 1 year ago

Jac is such an incredible creator in the LA scene. She is collaborative, insightful and so inspiring! Fort has the potential to really create and cultivate community in Los Angeles. She is passionate and intentional- LA needs more of FORT!!

by karaelise3
over 1 year ago

Love FORT's story and can't wait to take a workshop. Jacqueline is quite deserving of this grant. She's a CEO with purpose and passion and she'll put the funds to great use!

by sheenatahilramani
over 1 year ago

FORT is a company with a soul, and has already created a loyal community around it. I love the pieces FORT sells and their workshops and think everyone would benefit from FORT getting a booster to enhance resources and grow more.

by shanicekamminga
over 1 year ago

This kind of project is what i hear people in LA asking for. They want to get involved, learn skills, and start their own creative companies.

by jill yee
over 1 year ago

A company that doesn't just sell things to you, but teaches you how to create? If every company were like so, we would have a pretty smart planet to say the least. I LOVE THAT SHE UPCYCLES on top of educating.

by understandiam
over 1 year ago

I love the how this entire project is scalable and growable in each community that affects the environment in such a positive way. Hope this comes through!!!

by uclakayvan
over 1 year ago

Jac is a visionary and her mission to upcycle and educate so on point, lets make sure FORT gets funded!

by elips
over 1 year ago

FORT will have a substantial impact on our community when they receive this grant. I am a big fan, supporter, follower and advocate for this organization and its founder. Whenever I attend a FORT workshop, or when I speak with Jac, I leave inspired to practice sustaonability. I also appreciate the workshops because they give me an opportunity to be creatove in a hands on medium, at an affordable price.

by brianfrankel
over 1 year ago

FORT is such a great concept! The vision is really inspiring and it's a much needed business service for LA.

by kstring
over 1 year ago

I've known FORT from it's conception. It's been amazing to watch it grow and the impact it is making. I can't imagine a better vehicle for LA2050 to fulfill it's mission! Go FORT, go!!! :)))

by Pargoinham
over 1 year ago

A young woman launches her own company in a male dominated soace? What's not to love. Especially when she has a solid business plan and a means and desire to succeed.

by georgemag14
over 1 year ago

Support Fort and the sustainable maker movement!

by aaronvanholland
over 1 year ago

I love FORT. Giving people the opportunity to learn new skills and build a stronger community is a wonderful idea to get behind. With a little know-how and support people can build some amazing things.

by jeffearhart
over 1 year ago

I love the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Vote FORT!

by pam.s.johnson.90
over 1 year ago

FORT is a solution to our modern day cravings to return to our original state of childlike creativity and simplicity. Would love to see LA changed by this!!

by heidiburkey
over 1 year ago

FORT is a place like no other and Ms. Sharp is a pioneer and a visionary. There really is something special happening and FORT is a model that many should look to. The right thing at the right time for Los Angeles and the world!

by jimmcgee
over 1 year ago

Let's make this HAPPEN!!! Vote FORT!

by jzsaks
over 1 year ago

I've made all kinds of things at FORT! Really cool space, really cool people. It feels good to create amongst fellow makers and jac really goes the extra mile to encourage you in your endeavors.

by JClyde88
over 1 year ago

There is no better place for creatives to go for direction, inspiration, or collaboration. FORT has my vote for sure!

by DabneyT
over 1 year ago

This is by far the most incredible company i have ever worked with! I am in love with FORT!!!

by rachelleferreira
over 1 year ago

To see more of what happens at FORT, check out the instagram.com/fortgoods

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Amazing! Thank you Lauren!:)

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Thank you RICraig! Please share on twitter and facebook to help us bring home the win!

by sharp83
over 1 year ago

Totally:). And it's sustainable. A lot of the projects that have been submitted are for a single project. This one brings people in and disperses them back out into the population creating a bigger social impact. In addition it generates funds that will help it grow into the future. Let's do our best to help FORT win!

by alissasharp14
over 1 year ago

Awe thanks Meg! You have been here from the beginning! It's been a lovely journey that we would love to vastly build upon with this grant. Thank you kindly for your undying support!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

We will be having another communal dinner coming up. Please email us at jsharp@fortgoods.com for details and to be added to the newsletter!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Thank you stickypen! Please let us know if you are interested in helping us with our campaign efforts! We love your enthusiasm!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Thank you garrettt! Help us get out the vote, starting tomorrow!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

I couldn't agree more and the video is SOOOOO good! I hope it goes viral:)))

by alissasharp14
over 1 year ago

Thank you Michellest! We are completely committed to the creative community of LA and seeing entrepreneurs actualize their dreams. Thank you kindly for your help in this endeavor. See you at the "polls!"

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

I completely agree!

by melodyf92
over 1 year ago

AMAZING! We love you Coolhaus and Ludlows Cocktail Co! We will definitely take you up on that offer! til then....keep 'Cool'.

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

I couldn't agree more! This is what the creative sector of LA has been waiting for! FORT 2050!!!

by dbwilly
over 1 year ago

Precisely! This project came out of the overwhelming requests we've gotten to help other creatives start their own companies. To be able to give people a space and the resources to do so, would be a dream come true! Thank you for your support Jill!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

The feeling is mutual! Thanks Brian! Looking forward to working together on this!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Agree with your last statement. And thanks for introducing me to FORT!

by brianfrankel
over 1 year ago

Glad you enjoyed it! Next workshop is ceramics!
Hope to see you there.

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Thank you Aaron! We love what you are doing over at M.F.E.O. Your Ojai photoshoot looks great! Keep up the good work:)!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

Thanks Jeff! Looking forward to seeing you back at FORT soon!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

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by sharp83
over 1 year ago

Thanks Alissa, yes, we think that is one of the incredible and distinct characteristics of our submission. This initiative is something that is scalable and has beneficiaries of all ages, income brackets, and educational backgrounds.

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

I couldn't agree more! This is exactly what the creative sector in LA has been missing.

by djbayer
over 1 year ago

Thank you Brian! Really looking forward to working with you and Mentor Matchmaker!!!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

How do we find out about the next workshops?

by melodyf92
over 1 year ago

We send out a monthly journal, and in that we include an invite to our workshops. Email your email to more@fortgoods and we will put you on the list! You can also find out about upcoming workshops through our instagram.com/fortgoods. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Thanks for your support!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

We send out a monthly journal, and in that we include an invite to our workshops. Email your email to more@fortgoods and we will put you on the list! You can also find out about upcoming workshops through our instagram.com/fortgoods. Looking forward to seeing you soon! Thanks for your support!

by iamjac
over 1 year ago

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Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
at 07:00 PM UTC

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Winner Announced
Tuesday, September 30, 2014