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Are you in a time of transition?  Get unstuck and find your path forward.  We’ll support you to get to the right place before venturing into social entrepreneurship, self-employment, or a new life path. You’ll be clear on what you want to do and what skills you have to do it with, and we’ll give you new tools that are critical for anyone who wants to have more control over their life.

In this 3-week,  part time intensive program, you’ll uncover your confidence and kick start the momentum you need to take a serious step towards the future you want for yourself.  We meet you where you're at, and we'll treat you like you're already that best version of yourself, so that you can realize your dreams. Two workshops streams, Discovery and Habits,  run parallel with guest speakers adding extra special expertise to the program. 

Financial support applications can be found here.

2019 Dates

Fall : October 4 - October 19

  • May 16: Registration open

  • September 15: Financing Application Deadline (optional)

  • September 23: Registration Deadline

  • October 4: Explore starts!

    • Kick Off Weekend:

      • Friday, Oct 4, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

      • Saturday, Oct 5, 10am - 6pm

  • Oct 9 - 19

    • Wednesdays, 6pm - 8pm

    • Saturdays, 10am - 6pm

Ready to turn your idea into a social business in the fall Build program? You’ll get access to a monthly workshop until Build starts to keep you on track and kick start your process!

Explore Program Content

In the Discovery Workshops you will:

  • Map your lifeline to identify your patterns and triggers for failure and success.

  • Clarify your true strengths and weaknesses, and see which opportunities are in front of you through a personal SWOT analysis.

  • Explore the changing nature of work, your relationship to money, innovation and social entrepreneurship.

  • See where your passions and skills connect with the change you want to make in the world, and explore how you might create your own work from this. 

  • Connect with people just like you who have built their own self-employment or social business venture to learn and grow your network.

The Habits workshops are an opportunity for creating sustainable changes in your behaviour and empowering you to effectively reach your goals.

In the Habits Workshops you will:

  • Access to the most recent and cutting edge developments in neuroscience and cognitive psychology without having to immerse yourself in its literature. Theory

  • Engage in research-based tested activities and practices which give you the biggest leverage point to create and maintain new habits. Practice

  • Learn how to bring awareness to unconscious habits and strengthen your willpower, dramatically expanding your abilities to take new actions in your life.  Mindfulness

  • Unearth blindspots and integrate new knowledge with previous beliefs, giving you a brand new look at yourself and your life. Reflection

Meet the Facilitators

You will be guided by a team of experts in personal development and hands on learning. 

Gilad Babchuk developed and leads Explore's Discovery workshops to take you deep into your potential and connect you with the opportunities around you that can lead you to building the best version of yourself.  

Gilad has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded numerous schools, social enterprises and NGOs.  Both an educator and social entrepreneur, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the field of education in Israel (Ha’aretz, 2009). He consults several international companies and institutions in the fields of e-learning, progressive education, and doing business development for bio-tech company (in India, Germany, Singapore, and Israel).   

At Groundswell, Gilad is highly involved in all aspects of program development, delivery, and mentorship.

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Starting a business is the best personal development you can do. Test the waters in this course to find what you’ve already got within you, so can venture into a new path ahead. - Gilad


Cole Nakatani facilitates the Habits workshop stream and developed the curriculum with David Kohler.

Cole has a passion for designing and facilitating transformational learning experiences. He is the founder of Ideahack Creative, an innovative digital services agency. He helped launch two innovative courses for first year students and senior students at UBC, and instructed senior level courses on career fundamentals, and personal and professional development.

As a self-proclaimed ‘education hacker’, Cole has been exploring and testing alternative methods to education and learning that enable post-secondary students, and young professionals to thrive.

Elena Yugai is a cultural historian who turned to social entrepreneurship and impact investing to directly affect the social change she believes in. Elena is an advocate for women-led and women-serving businesses, especially immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs.




Financial Support

Bursaries are available for BIPOC, trans people, people with disabilities, and low-income inner city residents for all three of our social entrepreneurship programs: Explore, Build, and Test Market . Any remaining tuition that is not covered by a bursary is eligible for microfinancing through our partnership with Vancity.

We've created a microfinancing program with Vancity so that Groundswell program participants and alumni can access up to $50,000 to cover their tuition and start-up costs. 

Apply for financial support here.

Start Your Journey

Got a question?

If you have any questions about the program, please use this form to get in touch with us and we'll get right back to you. 

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This program is offered by Groundswell Education Society, a charitable organization providing personal development and entrepreneurial education.
Thank you to our funders and donors for keeping Groundswell programs accessible!