Positives in shaky starts

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Ruben Wills, Wiebke Ebeling, Leon Delpech and Jon Doust.
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Thinking differently and sparking creativity — that’s what The Week of Fathom is all about.

Creative Albany wants to get people in the Great Southern on board with innovation and show them how failure can be a stepping stone to success.

To do this they created FathomCo and The Week of Fathom, set to make its debut in Albany next week.

The Week of Fathom is a series of events designed to grab the interest and feed the curiosity of locals.

Coordinator Leon Delpech said the concept was a showcase of the kinds of thinking and events FathomCo wanted to support.

“If your creativity needs a bit of a nudge, then one of The Week of Fathom events might be just what you need to get moving again.

“The Week of Fathom and other activities through the year help stimulate people’s creativity and put them in places with others to feel supported and encouraged to pursue their ideas, whether for business or something they are passionate about.

“Like with our Shipwrecked evening, it’s not only about succeeding wildly, but it’s about understanding that failure can be just as valuable a tool in innovation.”

At the Shipwrecked event on Saturday, people will hear real stories of failing and floundering from locals Jon Doust, Wiebke Ebeling and Ruben Willis.

The trio will share their tales at the Vancouver Arts Centre to show that it is OK to stuff up and embrace vulnerability.

A screening of the film Maker at the Albany Public Library on Sunday will celebrate a DIY spirit of passion and technology.

On Monday at the Albany Business Centre, a group of aspiring entrepreneurs will pitch their micro projects at an event called Albany Soup. The winner will go home with funds to help bring their idea to life.

See events.fathomco.org.

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