Mycelium offers programs for adults of all ages on a variety of topics, from strategic design, to crowdfunding, and from personal well-being to neuroscience. Below you will see descriptions of past workshops, courses, and conversations. 

Past Mycelium Events & Collaborations

The Power of Connecting (April 2016)


This class with Mycelium Catalyst Jacqueline Boone will teach you the power of genuinely connecting with people and how to build win-win relationships that last and continually bring you business.

Who this class is for:

  • Entrepreneurs, consultants, freelancers
  • Those looking to take their business and clientele to the next level
  • Those new to business who want to build a stellar clientele base and referral network

What you will learn:

  • The Do’s and Don’ts in creating referrals
  • The faux pas people often make and how to avoid them
  • How to genuinely connect with people anywhere in the world with integrity
  • How to create win-win referral partnerships
  • How to talk about your business in a way that’s worth sharing!

RSVP for Jacqueline’s event at her EventBrite HERE.

It’s important to us that this workshop is accessible to all who are called to participate. There are a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact if for more information.

What's Your Story? Crafting a Great Elevator Pitch (January 2016)

What’s Your Story? Crafting a Great Elevator Pitch with Marti Fischer.

Have you ever walked into a room and not known what to say, or attended a networking event and collected a lot of business cards but had no follow-up calls?

We have all been in situations where we KNOW we could have communicated more effectively. Actively building personal communication tools boosts your confidence and helps avoid the “I could have done better” moment. The foundational element is the elevator pitch. This webinar will help you craft an elevator pitch that will communicate your ideas with conviction and purpose.

    1. Learn the structure of an effective elevator pitch
    2. Craft a pitch that clearly and concisely represents you and your ideas
    3. Develop and practice an ‘ask’
    4. Get real time peer feedback

Art of Facilitation (June 2015)

3 PART SERIES: Venture Creation Curriculum (February 2015)

3 PART SERIES: Venture Creation Curriculum

Host: Ann Badillo

      • Session 1: Business Model – Friday, February 20 at 12:00-1:30 EST

      • Session 2: Stakeholders – Friday, March 13 at 12:00-1:30 EST

      • Session 3: Funding (Guest Panelist Whitney Smith) – Thursday, March 19 at 12:00-1:30 EST

Session 1: The Basics of Venture Creation – Fundamentals of Business Models and Theory of Change

Social entrepreneurs often develop strategic plans, but typically leave the business model out. This session will outline what a business model is, how it fits into a strategic planning process and why building a strong business model is vital to building a higher impact, sustainable nonprofit.

The module is intended for individual who are seeking to better understand the frameworks and approaches to helping nonprofits  and social innovation organizations become more performance-based and outcomes-driven.

You will learn how to develop three core components:

      • a compelling theory of change
      • sustainable business model
      • strong performance metrics

Homework/Fieldwork includes:

      • Draft your Theory of Change framework
      • First iteration of your Business Model–Revenue Mix + Business Model Canvas
      • Think about your outcomes and metrics  from the beginning of your venture


Session 2: The Importance of Ecosystem Building and Tools – Map Your Stakeholders and Mobilize the System

In this module we will define the various stakeholder factions relevant to your venture and identify their values, loyalties and potential behaviors. You will also brainstorm ways in which you may begin to mobilize these stakeholders in order to make progress with your venture. Use your Mycelium peer group to gain feedback on your stakeholder analysis.

You will learn how to:

      • Identify your stakeholders via Rainforest Canvas
      • Understand the visible social contract in your ecosystem
      • Grok the “Rules of the Rainforest”

Homework/Fieldwork includes:

      • Ecosystem Canvas


Session 3: Funding: Grants vs. Crowdfunding

Guest panelist Whitney Smith of Whit & Wisdom and Former CEO and Founder of Girls for a Change will be joining Matthew Abrams, Co-Founder of Mycelium

Funding is essential as you must determine how you will float your venture. There are traditional methods of securing grants from grant making foundations and new crowdfunding platforms. Nonprofits were early adopters of crowdfunding—NPR and PBS have hosted pledge drives for decades, and who can forget the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethons hosted by Jerry Lewis? But it wasn’t until websites Kickstarter and Indiegogo arrived on the scene that crowdfunding gained widespread popularity. The momentum hasn’t slowed, and today there are hundreds of crowdfunding platforms available.

We will explore these funding avenues via a panel discussion with three guest speakers as they share their successes and failures.  We will also take a look down the road into the future of philanthropy and crowdfunding.

3 PART SERIES: Designing For Living Systems (March 2015)

3 PART SERIES: Designing For Living Systems

Host: Michelle Holliday of Cambium Consulting

      • Session 1: Leading the Living Organization: Implications of a Living Systems Lens – Wednesday, February 4 at 4:00-5:30 EST

      • Session 2: Bringing Living Systems Thinking into Organizational and Project Design – Monday, February 9 at 1:00-2:30 EST

      • Session 3: The Practice of Stewardship – Tuesday, March 17 at 2:00-3:30 EST


Session 1: Leading the Living Organization: Implications of a Living Systems Lens

In this offering, we’ll learn how applying the lens of Living Systems or Nature’s Principles can support the health and vitality for individuals, collectives, organizations and societies.

More and more people are embracing the need for concepts like resilience, emergence, collective intelligence and self-organization – living systems concepts, all of them.  Indeed, there is increasing recognition that only with living systems approaches – with their holistic lens and the sense of stewardship they invite – can we meet society’s most urgent challenges. And only with ecological thinking – with its inherent inclusivity and its focus on learning and feedback – can we cultivate a healthy society in harmony with nature.

But what does all that mean for YOU? What are the implications for your project or organization? What changes when you see your organization as a living system? How does your role shift? Does this perspective influence the very purpose of your project?

In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll discuss the core characteristics or conditions that are common to all living systems, including organizations. Then, through case studies and conversation, we’ll explore the important shifts that happen when we see our organizations through this lens.

You will leave this webinar with:

      • A clearer understanding of how your project or organization exhibits the characteristics of living systems;
      • Stories of leadership that is intentionally aligned with life;
      • Examples of actions you can take to steward the life in your project or organization;
      • Hope for the future of humanity!


Session 2: Bringing Living Systems Thinking into Organizational and Project Design

In this offering, we’ll learn about what it really means to think in systems and how to apply this thinking to your projects and organizations.

It’s clear that we’re moving away from a purely mechanistic view of the organization, instead embracing a more organic understanding. But it’s less clear what that new perspective means for organizational design. What structures and systems make the most sense? What roles and responsibilities are most aligned with life? What patterns of relationship should be cultivated, internally and externally?

In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll touch on the core characteristics common to all living systems, including organizations. Then we’ll dig a little deeper to see how they show up specifically in an organizational context – and to see what it means for you as you design and manage your project. To get there, Michelle Holliday will describe the framework she uses to accompany clients, sharing stories of how it has guided their actions and what outcomes resulted.

You will leave this webinar with:

      • A clearer understanding of the living nature of your project or organization;
      • Examples of organizational design that is explicitly aligned with life;
      • A straightforward guiding framework that you can use to shape your project or organization, now and into the future;
      • A heavy dose of inspiration!


Session 3: The Practice of Stewardship

In this offering, we’ll learn how by viewing systems as “alive”, a reverence in developed which grows a deeper sense of stewardship, responsibility and care.

When we recognize our organizations as living systems, exciting new possibilities come into view – new strategies, new tactics, new goals. But beyond this surface level of usefulness, there are profound implications to this view of the living organization.

“There’s a certain amount of reverence that comes when you see something – really see it – as alive. When you recognize that it has a life of its own. That it exists for its own ends. That it has potential that can’t fully be known and that may or may not be completely realized, depending on countless influences and interactions. There’s mystery and magic in something that’s alive….

With reverence, then, comes an invitation to care. We are wired with compassion for living things, with a sense of kinship and responsibility – even the most hardened among us.

And when reverence and responsibility are ignited together within us, the result is a personal call to stewardship. – from The Age of Thrivability: Perspectives and Practices for a Thriving World

In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore the concept of stewardship, using stories and conversation to examine what it means to live and work from that stance.

You will leave this webinar with:

      • A clearer understanding of stewardship and how it differs from leadership and management;
      • Awareness of when and why stewardship is the most appropriate stance;
      • Knowledge of why the practice of stewardship is important and what it involves;
      • A meaningful way of seeing your role in work and in life.

3 PART SERIES: Vision to Reality (February & March 2015)

Host: Tirza Hollenhorst

This series is designed to support leaders with a vivid vision of a possible future to create from nothing, by aligning their own creative energy and the power of disciplined work. It is recommended that participants commit to all three sessions. There will be a worksheet to complete before each session and a set of resources that can be utilized after. Each session will be fast-paced and packed with tools. Come ready to engage with the material and make it your own.

      • Session 1: Fundamental Habits – Developing the systems that are central to balanced productivity.

        It is easy to let our life be driven by our inbox and thus spend the whole day doing and get nothing done. Whole areas of our life can be ignored for weeks. How do we “make time” for everything? How do we keep track of tasks and manage our focus while doing more than ever? In this session, we will go over the habits central to making each day count and maintaining a balanced and productive life.

        Creating your path to success.

        • Weekly rhythms and daily rituals. Having a morning ritual sets your day up for success, we will cover types of rituals and how create the habit.  A weekly rhythm prevents burnout and will help you keep abreast of all areas of your life.
        • Habits for focused creation.  How can we use tools like the Pomodoro Method to define focused work blocks and remove resistance.
        • Getting a bigger plate. They say, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”  We will talk about how mindset, energy management, and systems can enable you to get more done, while maintaining your well-being.
        • Tools for success. Busy, successful people use tools that work for them. We will look at how to pick tools and build the habit of use.


Session 2: Balance and Honor – Understanding where your personal power comes from and how to use it.

In the second session, we will look at how we create and practice several tools for developing and maintaining creative output.  We begin by understanding the source of your power and how to direct your energy. We will then look at the creative spiral, a cultural framework that was used at Disney to maintain a creative culture and examine how the spiral applies to the entrepreneurial process. Finally, we will learn to leverage all aspects of ourselves to get the hard work done and tap into our own genius.

      • Your honor. Your word. Your Power. Why it matters when you are 2 minutes late.
      • Ownership. How to see yourself as the source of everything in your life. Why taking ownership for every breakdown will make you a more powerful creator.
      • The steps on the path, understanding the creative spiral. What are the repeating concrete actions that will continuously bring you closer to your goal? How do listen for no and follow yes?
      • Polyphrenia. Getting your whole team on board, how to be a diverse person, successfully managing many different roles.


Session 3: Going the Distance – Learning to use both setbacks and success as fuel.

In this final session we will look at how we maintain our focus over time. In the beginning, projects are shiny, new and fascinating. Once we begin to create, the path becomes littered with challenges, failures, and comfortable, small successes. All of these are signs that we are actually in the creative process. How do we use the path of building to help maintain our commitment to continuous development?

      • You’re doing it! Building on success. How to celebrate success and stay focused on the path not the goal.
      • Enrolling support. You cannot do it all alone. How to discover what support you need and build the team that leads to success.
      • Managing setbacks. What do you do during a big breakdown to turn it into a big breakthrough? Using the tool of ownership to create breakthrough learning.
      • Re-establishing your vision.  How do you renew your vision so it’s always compelling and energizing?

Working Across Differences and Getting Unstuck (February 25, 2015)

Host: Tuesday Ryan-Hart

When working with departments, teams, organizations, and communities (and human beings in general!) we often come up against a core tension: how do we share work with others who are different from us? This session will share some perspectives and practices that can help us get good work done and stay together over time.

The Cynefin Framework: A Powerful Framework to Manage Complexity (February 10, 2015)

Host: Chris Corrigan

In this offering, we’ll learn about what the Cynefin Framework is and how we can apply it to our work and lives to gain clarity and effectively address complex systems. Cynefin is a useful decision making framework that helps us manage in complexity. We will explore this framework and its implications for strategy and evaluation, especially in addressing complex and intractable challenges. To learn more about the framework, click HERE.

Visioning & Strategizing the Next 6 Months (February 6, 2015)

Host: Matthew Abrams

work-hard-in-silenceIn this offering, you’ll learn how to gain clarity on your desired future and develop a 6-month strategy to get there. In this 90-minute session, Matthew will walk you through a creative free write designed to gain clarity on the future you’re calling in. This aspirational future will become rooted through the application of a strategic framework that will help you distill your key priorities and frame out the process of grounding your priorities in clearly defined action steps.

Welcome, Orientation and Crafting Powerful Questions for Your 12 week Learning Journey (January 8, 2015)
Hosts: Roshanda Cummings, IMPACT HUB Oakland | Dana Pearlman, Mycelium | Ashley Cooper, MyceliumMycelium 042014-202danapearlman.cr_roe-picture

Supporting you as a self-directed learner, Mycelium offers the minimum amount of structure and maximum amount of support to help you manifest what is calling your attention. Please join this session to get a clearer sense of the resources available to you on the Mycelium Learning Journey. We will have a guest Learning Catalyst, Roshanda Cummings from Impact HUB Oakland, offer a teaching on how to craft powerful questions, a cornerstone to the Mycelium Learning Journey. Powerful questions help us unlock potential when we don’t yet know the answers.

“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” Albert Einstein

The Art of Learning Together in Asheville, NC (November 11-13, 2014)
alt copyThis is a 3 day intensive with highly experienced facilitators where participants will learn practices, methodologies and concrete skills to help them facilitate environments where people can learn across differences and design for wise action. There will be a focus on creating strong leadership teams that enable large scale participation. It is based on the Art of Hosting. Learn more about Art of Learning Together here.
Summer 2014 Learning Journey
Mycelium LJ 072814-40 In July of 2014, the 2nd collective of participants took off on their 12-week Learning Journey. The group gathered together in person for a 4-day retreat in Highland Lake, North Carolina and past participants, coaches, learning catalysts and local members of the Mycelium community joined for parts of the retreat. The 17 Learning Journey participants will continue to meet virtually and in-person. The collective is from San Francisco area, Asheville, St. Louis, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Santa Fe, Connecticut & Guatemala.
Mycelium Rising Start Some Good Campaign
Upon the completion of the Beta Learning Journey, the Mycelium team launched a Community Raising and Crowdfunding Campaign on Start Some Good. They successfully raised $36,000, recruited participants for the Summer 2014 Learning Journey and discovered many new allies and partners. Below is the video from this campaign.
Monthly Google Hangouts: Talk Purpose
TalkPurpose StillAspiring social entrepreneurs and successful social entrepreneurs have a lot to learn from one another. Mycelium, SoCap and Hub Bay Area team up to host a virtual platform bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners so they can share ideas, ask questions and conspire around what it takes to create social action. Covering a broad range of expertise, experience and age, the panelists engage in meaningful conversations while others watch the livestream, ask questions and take away hot ideas for stimulating positive action. Learn from and with thought leaders such as Carol Sanford (Author of The Responsible Business), Jack Andraka (Teen Genius Who Discovered New Way To Detect Cancer), Jeffrey Hollander (Founder of Seventh Generation), and Bob Patillo (Founder of Gray Ghost Ventures).
Asheville-Based Practice Groups
In the coming months Mycelium Co-Founder, Ashley Cooper, will organize and lightly facilitate practice groups – a  place and space for community to come together and support one another in their work and in their life. The first Practice Group Series is by invitation-only and focuses on Self and Social Awareness. The group creates an environment where people feel connected and able to explore and get real with each other, maintaining momentum towards learning and transforming positively, and having a diverse group of ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds and genders. Mycelium plans to launch other practice groups as well. If you have an idea or suggestion around a topic, give us a shout!
The Compass Project - 1 week Intensive (June 2013)
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One week dedicated to supporting you in realizing your potential, discovering your path and designing a life of meaning.

SMS moundJoin us for summertime in Asheville June 16th-21st to develop a strategy for living a life of meaning and intention for the coming months and years of your life. You will learn from and with several thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and other advisers that will support you to uncover your passions, realize your opportunities and help you bring your calling to the world in a way that’s meaningful, intentional and viable. Learn more…

Ideas That Move Youth Challenge (March 2013)

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we-can-change-the-world-1024x908Mycelium teams up with a local public school, private school and community college to create opportunities for youth 21 and under to dive deep into areas of passion and generate innovative solutions that can have a positive influence. On March 9th, ten Asheville-based youth will present their ideas on how to address pressing issues in their community. Challenge entrants are awarded with prizes made up of community services and support that will help them move their ideas into action. Watch a video from the Challenge and see the presentations from the 10 finalists.

Educate 20/20 Road Tour (February 2013)
January 31st 2013, Matthew Abrams from Team Mycelium will load into an RV and hit the road with seven other pioneers to document the future of education. They’ll be traveling from Pennsylvania to San Diego, visiting 15 cities across the country and highlighting, capturing, and sharing innovations in education. The Educate 20/20 Road Tour is intended to shift the focus from what’s wrong in education to what’s possible. Roadtour Travelers will:

          • Connect and share the stories of the innovators we find through a blog
          • Capture footage from innovative educational communities across the United States. Watch now!
          • Create a documentary and toolkit to help others replicate and create their own. innovations

Igniting Impact Conversation Series: Marrying Meaning and Money (October 2012)
Venture Asheville partnered with Mycelium and Mojo Coworking to offer the first of a series of conversations designed to activate our potential here in Asheville around Social Entrepreneurship. In these conversations, participants networked, learned and collectively supported one another in realizing individual and collective potential here in Asheville.

          • Week 1 10/10: How do we do we do good socially and do well financially?
          • Week 2 10/17: How do we incorporate SocEnt principles into our for or non profit organizations?
          • Week 3 10/24: How can we support each other? What do we need?

Notes from the events can be viewed at the links above.

Unleashing Impact: The Why of Social Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing (September 2012)
Mycelium and Venture Asheville teamed up with a packed audience at the Masonic Temple. The event featured 2012 Unreasonable Fellow, Michael Wilkerson who shared the incredible story behind his social venture, Own Your Own Boda, as well as his time at the Unreasonable Institute, a social entrepreneurship accelerator in Boulder, CO. Additionally, NC Investors Circle’s Justin Desrosier joined the stage to share insight into “the why” behind impact investing along with local Asheville based entrepreneur ventures making an impact. Watch the videos from this event that were produced by American Green Media Productions.
DIY Economy Retreat (July 2012)
Ashoka, Mycelium and Rebuild the Dream jointly hosted a “DIY Economy” 3 day retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. Thought leaders, social entrepreneurs, designers, community leaders and funders converged to create a powerful movement for increased citizen engagement in new economy. U.S. News and Matador Network report on the event.