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Community Leaders vs. Those in Leadership Positions

Community Leaders vs. Those in Leadership Positions

Today Tom and I got into a conversation about what the definition of a “leader” is on a campus. We realized a distinction between two types of leaders: Those in Leadership Positions People with the title; hired, elected, etc to lead others Community Leaders Influencers in the community, whether or not they realize it. People who lead the culture in the way they conduct themselves within the community. Why is this important? Because when talking about creating an epic community and culture, we can’t forget about the Community Leaders. Think about it – here at the coworking space we work in, I am not in a position of leadership. I do not get paid by New Work City to run blender events or build community. But just by the type of person I am, and the type of work I do […]

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5 Ways Our Coworking Space Wins at Community Building

5 Ways Our Coworking Space Wins at Community Building

Swift Kick has the privilege of working out of a coworking space. Coworking is when a bunch of small companies, freelancers, and start ups work in an office together because it is way better than working from home. New Work City is an awesome place to be, not just because of the exposed brick, but because of the community building they have sewn into the fabric of the space. And of course, as community builders ourselves, we appreciate this. 1. Dry Erase Activities There’s a big dry erase board available for anyone’s use near the front, for brainstorming sessions and whatever else. Often, the space’s community manager or a member of the space will write a prompt, puzzle, or question and let people answer. Today, Space Captain Sarah asked the prompt shown here. A response to the question prompted someone […]

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Another Epic Retreat to Start 2015 Right

Another Epic Retreat to Start 2015 Right

On Tuesday, the Swift Kick Team (Tom, Sabina and Jay) got to meet and spend quality time with new interns Kate and Kevin. And like after all retreats, we are now a happy team, ready to Swift Kick it together. This year, Tom and Sabina did a lot of prior planning, that turned into an accidental 5 hour conversation about the company. As Tom said, we got to chat about the important, but not urgent stuff. It felt good to get out of our inboxes, plan the future, and plan the retreat! On Tuesday, Kate and Kevin walked into our office, unsure what to expect. They were surprised by how super cool and hip Tom and Sabina were (this may be embellished a little). We started off with a couple “get to know you” questions that were shockingly deep, and […]

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Welcoming the K-Team – Kevin & Kathryn Join Swift Kick

Welcoming the K-Team – Kevin & Kathryn Join Swift Kick

Ahhh, it’s that time of year again, new interns join our team, which means 2 new friends in 2015! First up is Kathryn Callahan.  A southern belle at heart, Kate has made New York her home since coming to Fordham University almost three years ago. As an active member and leader in the Fordham community, Kate has fallen in love with the fast pace and endless opportunities New York presents, but appreciates it for the many lifelong friendships and connections she has made. Scandal, T25, and being a Fordham Ambassador are a large part of Kate’s life, and she looks forward to making Swift Kick part of it, too.   Next up, we have Kevin Wright, who has already been an awesome member of the Student Leader Collective for a while! Kevin hails from Las Vegas, Nevada and currently resides […]

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It’s Time For One Last Meeting Between Swift Kick and Nat Attack

It’s Time For One Last Meeting Between Swift Kick and Nat Attack

And the day Sabina, Tom and myself have been avoiding is finally here (not Tom, he’s just a weird dude). My 6-month internship with Swift Kick is over and I’m sitting here writing this as I wrap-up my last day in office with these two awesome people. I’m not technically sad because even though I’ve been “joking” that I’ll always be stopping by, truth is… I’m not joking. haha I will need doses of Swift Kick once in a while. I mean how am I going to make it without Sabina saying weird (but totally okay) things like “you look sad… here, let me touch you” or Tom’s sound effects in meetings? Exactly… I just can’t. This may sound weird but when I thought of the things I would miss the most at Swift Kick, the first thing that popped […]

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The 2014 Granny Kicks Holiday Letter From Swift Kick

The 2014 Granny Kicks Holiday Letter From Swift Kick

Every year, Granny Kicks stops by the office to help us draft our annual holiday letter that goes out, along with a bunch of other goodies, to all the schools we worked with throughout the year. Because Granny Kicks has the ability to write holiday letters like no other, we thought it would be fun it to share her letter with everyone. Without further ado, here’s the 2014 Granny Kicks Holiday Letter.   “Oh Mylanta! I can’t believe it’s already been a whole dang year since my last year-end letter to everyone. A lot sure has happened since we spoke, so I’ll do my best to catch you up, but my memory isn’t the young whippersnapper it used to be back in the good ol’ days of Walter Cronkite and The Monster Mash. Let’s start with my adorable grandson Tom-E-Tom. I […]

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Get 10% off the SK Store – Because #FreeHugs are in Fashion

Get 10% off the SK Store – Because #FreeHugs are in Fashion

So you may have noticed the store has been revamped and made shiny. We are super excited about it! It’s got us making silly ads about it like these:   If you make a cool image like this and send it to sabina@swiftkickhq.com, we might just give you a 10% off coupon to the store! I bet you can do a better job than me at this. If you’re not the creative type, keep an eye out for contests on the SK facebook page for the same prize! What can you get at the store? Buttons Stickers Posters Tshirts and more! What is on that stuff? #FreeHugs #SLChat #SAChat Dance Floor Theory – Get your 5 on! So go check it out and thanks for reading this shameless plug!

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Make a Campus Food Service Person Smile, Change the Whole Campus Culture

Make a Campus Food Service Person Smile, Change the Whole Campus Culture

I occasionally glanced over to watch the school’s food service lady smile and laugh by herself, off to the side, throughout my Dance Floor Theory training at Queensborough Community College. Her smile and laugh both seemed so genuine. It almost felt like I was secretly looking into a moment she was having with her best friend over a glass of wine. Each time I saw her, it made my soul smile, but not for the obvious reason you might think. Campus food service people are present at almost every campus event. Where there are student events, there is free food. As the servers of this free food, the food service people get to, for better or worse, see a ton of guest speakers. Too much of any one thing diminishes the value. At some point, I assume these service people […]

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New Types of #FreeHugs I Learned About Today

New Types of #FreeHugs I Learned About Today

Over at the Student Leader Collective, the hashtag of the day is #FreeHugs, and it’s AWESOME. I wrote a post about my favorite things I noticed about what students are doing to make #FreeHugs their own. It’s so cool to see that our idea of doing a Free Hugs Day gets taken and made even better by the unique perspectives students have. Don’t believe me? Just check out the #FreeHugs hashtag on twitter. It’s filled with love. Besides the stuff I have noticed in the post I linked above, I have also learned about some NEW types of hugs. The Brug – the bro hug     There’s Normal Hugs…and then there’s Hershey Hugs (hahah get it? Hershey’s kiss…hug…)   The Don’t-Actually-Touch-Your-Brother-Hug   LOVE it How have you #freehugged today?

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#FreeHugs Day! Have YOU Pledged Yet?

#FreeHugs Day! Have YOU Pledged Yet?

Fall is here and the weather is just getting colder by the minute. Nothing like warm hugs to keep you going in these cold gloomy days. And that’s what I’m here for, to let you know you can start pledging to make people’s days a little better and warm because FREE HUGS DAY IS ONLY ONE WEEK AWAY! That’s right! Remember #FreeHugs Day last year? This year The Student Leader Collective (that’s us!) is hosting. After you get done jumping up and down of happiness you can start pledging your hugs and inviting your friends to join you in this heart warming movement. We already have over 24,0000 hugs pledged on our website. To do the same you can go to our #FREEHUGS page by clicking the bright orange button below. There you’re going to be able to sign up and pledge as […]

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