Grateful to receive Emerging Prairie’s Social Impact Award

Joe and Simone at 1 Million Thanks along with Kick-Ass Award winner (that's the award name and also an accurate description of Ashley), Ashley Morken, owner of Unglued.

Joe and Simone at 1 Million Thanks along with Kick-Ass Award winner (that's the award name and also an accurate description of Ashley), Ashley Morken, owner of Unglued.

Written by: Dane Johnson 

More than 200 folks from the Fargo-Moorhead region gathered in Fargo’s Sanctuary Events Center last month to celebrate the work accomplished by a handful of entrepreneurs, organizations, and community builders over the past year. 

Among those honored was Folkways. 

The event was hosted by Emerging Prairie, the area’s leading champion of creating entrepreneurial ecosystems that thrive, as a part of their third annual event called 1 Million Thanks.

“I’m grateful that we’re able to live in a community where there isn’t one organization building community, but multiple organizations – one of those being Emerging Prairie,” Folkways co-founder Joe Burgum shared. 

The awards (faux railroad spikes created by regional artists) represent Fargo's history.

The awards (faux railroad spikes created by regional artists) represent Fargo's history.

The crowd was full of people who can be identified as doers, those who are active and eager to implement new ways to improve their communities. These people were recognized with a variety of awards with titles like, Team Player, Kick-Ass Award, Rookie of the Year, and Belief Award. 

Folkways was given the Social Impact Award for creating a “business model that strives to solve social challenges.”

To be recognized for our work in creating the Red River Market, and even the more playful Log the Mobile Sauna, as positively impacting the community filled us with gratitude. 

As our co-founder Simone Wai shared upon receiving the award, we constantly remind ourselves of this quote by the Dalai Lama (mostly because it’s hung prominently in Folkways’ main restroom): 

“If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.”

With this perspective in mind, we look forward to continue making Fargo the greatest city on earth to live. This event showed us that we’re not alone in this pursuit.

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We highly recommend you check out Emerging Prairie’s write-up on the event to learn about all of the other amazing humans who are doing great work in the Fargo-Moorhead region. 
 

Posted on February 15, 2017 .