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MEET Kim Campbell: FEED contributor, social enterprise guru and world traveler

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Kim is a current contributor to the FEED Atlanta. From helping us source new spaces for events to interviewing some awesome Atlantans, Kim is hard at work on this project.  Aside from her work with us, Kim has strong connections to social enterprise through her work at the Hub Atlanta and ifPeople.  Soon she will be embarking on a trip to Hydrabad, India to further her experience in social enterprise.  Before she jets off, we sat down for an interview to discover what feeds this girls soul.

Tell us about yourself and your projects.

My name is Kim Campbell. I’m a recent college grad with interests in communication and social entrepreneurship.  I’m preparing to embark on a 9 month adventure in Hyderabad India through the IDEX fellowship for Social Enterprise. I’ll be working with leaders of Affordable Private Schools to implement projects that improve the school’s sustainability.

Why are you going all the way to India?

I saw IDEX as an awesome opportunity to observe how entrepreneurs in the developing world could affect change in a sector that is traditionally seen as the government’s responsibility. My mother has been an educator for more than 25 years so education has always been something I’ve paid attention to. It’s interesting to think about how systems, institutions, and people approach the task of educating entire generations of children proactively. I’m curious to see if the challenges that are faced in low-income schools here are present in low-income communities in India, and how these independent entrepreneurs navigate problems and achieve results in both environments. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned on both sides.

What challenges do you think you will encounter?

There are 2 kinds of challenges I anticipate in this trip and every project I’ll take part in actually. One kind is the challenge presented by the conditions I’m trying to influence. I think there will be challenges in understanding how culture will shape people’s behavior and our understanding of one another. It will be hard to manage the full scope of poverty’s impact on the parents and children’s engagement with education. And it will be challenging to solve these problems with the school’s limited resources. Then there is the 2nd kind of challenge, the internal challenges of questioning your capacity to change any of the issues described above. Having worked through these kinds of obstacles in other projects, I’d say that faith, patience, persistence, listening, and authentic collaboration will be crucial in taking on the task at hand.

What inspires  you?

Possibility and progress. There was a time where as a black female daughter of Caribbean immigrants, my life options would be very limited both here and abroad. That’s not the case anymore. Knowing that things used to suck, but through the acts of a few dedicated passionate and deeply committed people, things are better reminds me that it’s worth it to be part of something bigger.

What are some Key Issues Facing Atlanta outside of project Area?

Transportation. The way the city is built just lends itself to how siloed and separate different people and communities are. I’d like to see more walkable, bike and pedestrian friendly neighborhoods in Atlanta. I think it would improve living experience for many Atlanta residents.

When and Where can readers Find me?

I like working at Condesa Coffee after work some evenings. Stop by Wed, or Thursday evening around 6 and say hi!

What FEED’s your soul?

I feed my soul with adventures, stories and dreams.

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