Purpose

At Ideagarden, we study and observe nature and apply her lessons to entrepreneurial, systems innovation. We invite inspired, committed leaders to partner on creative projects that generate flourishing. Rooted in the Greek concept of “Eudaimonia,” the human state of goodness and wellbeing, our philosophy of flourishing manifests itself by investing in visionary people who aim to positively and urgently address our greatest challenges. 

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Alice Waters enjoying the koi fish on an Edible Schoolyard retreat 

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The Ideagarden’s roses in full bloom

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Drawing upon the expertise and energy of a rich ecosystem of collaborators and community members, Ideagarden Institute has developed uncommon expertise in transforming ideas into potent and enduring enterprises.

We seek to accelerate the heartiness and growth of emerging leaders and organizations who share our intention of flourishing in our society, environment, and environment. Ideagarden Institute offers an evolving curriculum of entrepreneurial lessons to facilitate motivated individuals to imagine new solutions and deliver results that are resource aware and balanced. By encouraging collaborators’ own agency, Ideagarden Institute hopes to germinate the potential of each entrepreneur to impact positive change on the world. We call these people "Pragmatic Visionaries".

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An entrepreneur with a collaborating partner picking stone fruit 

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What is ecological entrepreneurship?

By drawing inspiration from our world’s natural systems, where species exist in interdependent collaborative relationships, Ideagarden Institute invests in impact-intentional enterprises and people who act as respectful stewards to our shared environment. 

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What can we learn from the garden?

We may draw entrepreneurial lessons from the physical and metaphorical garden, as individuals become stewards embedded with care and adaptability — using our surrounding resources to imagine new solutions to issues that threaten the survival of the food system and our wider social wellbeing.

We may draw entrepreneurial lessons from the physical and metaphorical garden, as individuals become stewards embedded with care and adaptability — using our surrounding resources to imagine new solutions to issues that threaten the survival of the food system and our wider social wellbeing.

We may draw entrepreneurial lessons from the physical and metaphorical garden, as individuals become stewards embedded with care and adaptability — using our surrounding resources to imagine new solutions to issues that threaten the survival of the food system and our wider social wellbeing.

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How do gardening and entrepreneurship reflect each other?

When we think of a garden, we step into its threshold with intentions for growth, applying our skills and tools to build a flourishing landscape of both bounty and beauty. Entrepreneurial investment is a practice akin to the cultivation to grow a seed to sapling. Through cultivation, both gardening and entrepreneurship transform visionary ideas to pragmatic execution.