Amble - Sabbaticals for Creative Professionals

Time away with purpose—creatives exchange skills for unique lodging in beautiful places and provide nonprofits with access to good design.

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Project Description

 

Amble provides time away with purpose through one-month sabbaticals in beautiful places.

 

We partner with nonprofits, conservancies and small towns to provide affordable and unique lodging to top-notch creative professionals in exchange for their skills and expertise.

 

Amble is launching a pilot program in Yosemite National Park this upcoming November 2018. We are partnering with Yosemite Conservancy and Mariposa Arts Council as our community hosts to provide lodging in Wawona and Mariposa. 

 

 

Why?

Creative professionals often find themselves burned out or in a creative rut.
Not every individual is in a position to take an extended leave or interested in leaving their jobs. Sometimes we just need time away. Travel and new experiences are essential in gaining perspective, inspiring new ideas and recharging. An exchange of time and skills for exploration and rejuvenation in a new location makes this more accessible, and provides professional development by applying existing skills to new projects or clients.

Nonprofit and purpose-driven organizations are often in need of creative services that are limited or inaccessible to them.
Whether financially or geographically, good design and creative talent can be inaccessible for many. In exchange for creative services, these organizations can offer a place to stay and explore, in beautiful natural places across the USA.

Companies don’t want to lose valuable employees and want to offer benefits that attract good talent.
They see value in team members growing and strengthening their craft by applying their skills in new ways. They may offer professional development and educational opportunities, and see this as an opportunity to reach underserved communities or further their mission to do purpose-driven work.

 

What is the market size/opportunity?
The creative industry is huge and evergrowing. Our community hosts – nonprofits, conservancies and small towns across the USA – have no shortage of creative needs they need support with to help them more effectively serve their mission.

We currently are seeking the following creative talent to support our community hosts:

  • Visual Designers & Illustrators

  • UX Designers & Strategists

  • Content Strategists & Copywriters

  • Photographers & Videographers

  • Project Managers & Producers

  • Web Developers

 

 

What does this experience offer? 

Purpose-Driven Work

  • Support mission-driven nonprofit organizations who otherwise have limited access to creative resources.
  • Work on meaningful and exciting projects with project stakeholders.
  • Directly support and impact the community and physical environment around you.

 

Professional Development

  • Flex your creative muscles and apply your skills & expertise in a new way.
  • Gain confidence, new experiences and projects you can add to your portfolio.
  • Lead a project from start to finish and collaborate with stakeholders.

 

Experience

  • Extended stays in unique or exclusive lodging located in beautiful places.
  • Get an authentic view into each destination—the region, the community, and culture.
  • A built-in community—access to people who love and live in each place, and who can provide insider tips on things to do and explore.

 

For Employers

  • Opportunity to offer a unique benefit to help attract and retain good talent.
  • Avoid employee burnout and frustration of the hiring process by offering an alternative.
  • Provide Amble as an option for employees to use within their educational and professional development budget.

 

Why are you seeking funding and how will you spend the funding?

We are bootstrapping Amble and need support making the first pilot a huge success to ensure our long-term vision for Amble.

The best advice I’ve gotten from my tribe of bad add business ladies (aka advisors) is to just do it and to start small. We’ve decided to pilot the program in one location—Yosemite National Park—at discount for up to 5 participants and two community hosts, Yosemite Conservancy and Mariposa Arts Council. 

We will be present during the course of the month to facilitate the experience and bear witness to ensure a successful exchange and experience for all participants. This will help us iron out the kinks, learn about what was great, what can improve and how to refine the program going forward.

In addition to ensuring the best possible launch and pilot of Amble, the funds raised through iFundWomen will go into building a brand and visual identity for Amble, materials for participants, rewards for backers, and supplies to help bring this program to life.
 

Who are you?

Ilyssa Kyu is the founder of Amble. She is a design researcher, strategist and UX designer based in Philadelphia, and has worked in the creative industry for 10+ years. She recently published a book called Campfire Stories with her husband, Dave Kyu—who is an arts administrator and ran an artist residency for the Mural Arts Program called Neighborhood Time Exchange.

Several years ago, Ilyssa went on her own sabbatical in Mariposa trading visual design work and facilitating a community workshop, for lodging. Through her own sabbatical and her experience working in the creative industry, she understands the needs and desires of creative professionals, as well as the benefits and complications inherent in taking this time away, for both the creative professional and their employers.

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09/06/2018
Feedback on Project from Panel of Creative Professionals
$150
09/05/2018
Monetary Contribution
$550
09/03/2018
Design(s) from Amble participants
$100
09/03/2018
High Five
$15
Alexis Rosenzweig
09/01/2018
'Yosemite at Night' 8x10 print
$50
Sarah Low
08/31/2018
Design(s) from Amble participants
$100
08/31/2018
Monetary Contribution
$20
Allie Kiphuth
08/31/2018
'Yosemite at Night' 8x10 print
$50
Phil A
08/31/2018
Design(s) from Amble participants
$100
08/31/2018
High Five
$15
Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

15 Supporters
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$15
High Five

You love this idea and want to support it with a small but mighty gift!

8 Supporters
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$35
Individual Portfolio Feedback via Slack

For our fellow creatives, we are offering a quick review of your portfolio and feedback via Slack. Just send us a link to your website or a PDF and let your work shine!

5 Supporters
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$50
'Yosemite at Night' 8x10 print

Get your hands on this gorgeous print of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park!

13 Supporters
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$75
'Yosemite at Night' 8x12 Metal Print

Supersize it! Get your hands on this gorgeous print of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park printed on metal.

2 Supporters
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$150
Feedback on Project from Panel of Creative Professionals

A panel of creative professionals will review your portfolio, creative project or website. You will be provided with a 1-2 page report outlining specific feedback and recommendations.

This panel includes professionals each individually with 10+ years in the creative industry and bring expertise in: Design Strategy, UX Design, Content Strategy, Copywriting, Visual Design, Arts Management, Busines Strategy, Sales, and Marketing.

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$250
1-Hour UX Review & Recommendations (for Creatives)

We will conduct a UX review of your website and/or project to provide feedback and suggestions for tweaks and additions. These recommendations can be provided in the form of a 1-2 page written document.

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$750
Squarespace Website

We will design visually impactful basic Squarespace website customized just for you! This includes recommendations for your site architecture and the creation of up to 5 pages utilizing an existing template that works best for your website goals, shows off your brand and highlights your existing creative assets and content. This doesn't include the cost of the Squarespace website, which you can find more information on pricing here: https://www.squarespace.com/pricing

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$1,000
UX Review & Recommendations (Enterprise Level for Organizations)

We will provide a total of 10-hours to review your current website and provide a 2-3 page report outlining specific UX feedback and recommendations that will help improve the user experience of your website, as well as a 30-minute call to discuss goals in the beginning and another 30-minutes at the end to discuss findings and recommendations.

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$1,500
Sponsorship

Be one of the first sponsors for Amble and help us make this a special experience! We will include your logo and information along with any materials we produce for Amble, including the website and collateral for participants.

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$2,500
Scholarship for Creative (w/ All Rewards)

For the do good-ers, this one is for you! Help support a creative to take time away with purpose by funding their sabbatical. Heck, if you do this–we'll throw in a few more goodies to thank you for your gift: a Yosemite at Night print, designs from Amble participants, feedback on website and/or project from panel of creative professionals, and sponsorship!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Just Because I Care

15 Supporters
Contribute
$15
High Five

You love this idea and want to support it with a small but mighty gift!

8 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Individual Portfolio Feedback via Slack

For our fellow creatives, we are offering a quick review of your portfolio and feedback via Slack. Just send us a link to your website or a PDF and let your work shine!

5 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
'Yosemite at Night' 8x10 print

Get your hands on this gorgeous print of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park!

13 Supporters
Select this reward
$75
'Yosemite at Night' 8x12 Metal Print

Supersize it! Get your hands on this gorgeous print of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park printed on metal.

2 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Feedback on Project from Panel of Creative Professionals

A panel of creative professionals will review your portfolio, creative project or website. You will be provided with a 1-2 page report outlining specific feedback and recommendations.

This panel includes professionals each individually with 10+ years in the creative industry and bring expertise in: Design Strategy, UX Design, Content Strategy, Copywriting, Visual Design, Arts Management, Busines Strategy, Sales, and Marketing.

4 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$250
1-Hour UX Review & Recommendations (for Creatives)

We will conduct a UX review of your website and/or project to provide feedback and suggestions for tweaks and additions. These recommendations can be provided in the form of a 1-2 page written document.

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$750
Squarespace Website

We will design visually impactful basic Squarespace website customized just for you! This includes recommendations for your site architecture and the creation of up to 5 pages utilizing an existing template that works best for your website goals, shows off your brand and highlights your existing creative assets and content. This doesn't include the cost of the Squarespace website, which you can find more information on pricing here: https://www.squarespace.com/pricing

3 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
UX Review & Recommendations (Enterprise Level for Organizations)

We will provide a total of 10-hours to review your current website and provide a 2-3 page report outlining specific UX feedback and recommendations that will help improve the user experience of your website, as well as a 30-minute call to discuss goals in the beginning and another 30-minutes at the end to discuss findings and recommendations.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,500
Sponsorship

Be one of the first sponsors for Amble and help us make this a special experience! We will include your logo and information along with any materials we produce for Amble, including the website and collateral for participants.

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
$2,500
Scholarship for Creative (w/ All Rewards)

For the do good-ers, this one is for you! Help support a creative to take time away with purpose by funding their sabbatical. Heck, if you do this–we'll throw in a few more goodies to thank you for your gift: a Yosemite at Night print, designs from Amble participants, feedback on website and/or project from panel of creative professionals, and sponsorship!

0 Supporters
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