Changing the world is no easy task. It takes time, endless commitment, and above all else, a passion to work and fight for what you believe in. Just ask Rebecca Peragine, owner and founder of Children Inspire Design and Fresh Words Market. Both businesses are driven by socially responsive purposes and they both seek to inspire and encourage others to think outside the box and adopt a more worldly view of things.
So how’d it all get started?
Children Inspire Design and Fresh Words Market
Rebecca, an artist, entrepreneur, and mother, decided to start Children Inspire Designs back in 2006. After the birth of her second son, she found herself in a full, multicultural family. She wanted to express the values behind her family onto her children, but in a subtle way that in turn allowed them to express their own creativity and have their own ideas.
The core of her mission was to promote a holistic worldview, teach respect of the environment, and facilitate an expression of creativity. Being an artist, she was able to epitomize this in her own expression, and Children Inspire Design was born.
With the inspiration and purpose to start the business, Rebecca began creating the art behind CID. Each piece carries the philosophy of the business, paying homage to a respectful sense of cosmopolitanism. To make it even better, each print, wall card, poster, mobile, and ornament is made from post-consumer products like old magazines.
As Peragine explained, parents and children have responded enthusiastically to the project; not only does it resonate with the older generation, but it is also attractive to young children, being both drawn to the art and the ideas presented.
Fresh Words Market was soon to follow. Geared toward a more adult audience, Fresh Words Market carries the same philosophy of sustainable business and social responsibility. Made up of a team of four – a grassroots activist, a business mind, a tech guru, and Rebecca, the artist – Fresh Words Markets helps develop inspirational and positive environments both home and abroad.
With both businesses, there is an emphasis on social responsibility and building a movement. Both Children Inspire Design and Fresh Words Market work with PEACE, an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged community members in Mexico. Some projects include planting sustainable gardens and providing healthy food for work. With 20 percent of all purchases going to global women and children initiatives at Fresh Words Market, as well as Children Inspire Design participating in ambassador programs where individuals and organizations work to raise funds via selling the business’ products (where 50 percent of sales are donated) there is no denying these are purpose-driven businesses making a difference.
Check out CID and FWM
After exploring both businesses and talking to Rebecca over the phone, I can tell there is passion, drive, and purpose behind these businesses. It seems as if she sees it a moral imperative that this mission be undertaken, and I have to say I agree with her.
We at Organic Soul wholeheartedly suggest you follow the businesses on Facebook, check them out on the web, sign up their newsletter, and connect in any ways you can. With both businesses, you’re able to enjoy beautiful art and still make a difference in the world.
Also, keep an eye out for her up-and-coming projects like “One Mother to Another,” which is launching in June.
Special Update: Currently Organic Soul is running an offer with Fresh Words Market: $15 for $30 to spend on Inspirational Modern Art!