“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead
BLANKSPACES Member, Nicole áBeckett, is a busy woman. Not only is she a business owner, wife, mother, world traveler, political activist, and International Business teacher, but she is also a true leader (she actually was named the John Wooden Global Leadership Fellow from the UCLA Anderson School of Management).
Nicole has always been interested in civic engagement, and now she has successfully turned her passion into her career. After the 2016 election, Nicole and her brother, David, noticed a divide in our country and knew they needed to take action. With a mission to promote political awareness and engagement through new and meaningful experiences, they co-founded SameSide. “We all have a lot more in common than what draws us a part.” Nicole says, “We’re all on the SameSide.”
SameSide is an experience marketplace that provides local, authentic adventures that bring people together to do something productive for a cause they care about. All of their experiences incorporate specific types of political action to move the needle in sustained engagement and influencer exposure. Says Nicole, “from calling your mayor for more funding for an arts programs to calling your senator to advocate for the protections of Obamacare, it’s a fun way for people to get civically involved.”
SameSide’s goal is to reach the millions of people who want to get involved and do good but aren’t sure where to begin, or feel like they just don’t have time. “At SameSide, we believe that getting involved doesn’t necessarily mean marching in a protest or attending a fundraiser,” says Nicole. “There are lots of other ways to make a positive contribution. We want to show people hundreds of options they hadn’t considered before. Our core mission is to inspire people to get up and do something. Big, small, close to home, or across the country…just find something that excites you and do it.”
Upcoming SameSide Experiences:
Sat. 9/23 @2-6pm– Do Stunts with #KickAssWomen at Couer de Lion Martial Arts Gym- Associated Cause: Secure Economic Opportunity for All Women
Sun. 9/24 @11:30am-12:45pm– Bollywood for Hollywood- Associated Cause: Gender and Racial Equality in Hollywood
Sun. 9/24 @2pm-3:30pm– Dance Workout for Trans Troops- Associated Cause: Support Transgender Troops
Sat. 9/30 @ 7-10:30pm– Music, Comedy & Art Show in a Private Hollywood Backyard- Associated Cause: MWALIMU Men- Increase the African American male, grade-school teaching population in the U.S.A.
Tues. 10/3 @7:30pm-9:30pm– Dinners for DACA at Sawyer – Associated Cause- Dreamers FWD
So what are you waiting for? Make plans. Make memories. Make a difference.
Check out the SameSide website to see if there are events near you paired with a cause you’re passionate about. If not, you can create your own experience!
Profile/interview by Gabrielle Corse, BLANKSPACES Community Experience Supervisor. Want to be featured in a future member spotlight? Contact her on Bailiwik.