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September 25, 8:30am • Your Home or Office | Zoom • part of a series on Spectrum

Jon Rhodes AKA legup.social has spent the last three years helping hundreds of small businesses, charities and social enterprises with digital, for free.

Established in 2019, legup.social brings together digital experts to support those who need help with the digital side of their business. By pairing the challenges of their mentees with skills of mentors Jon has helped people from all walks of life learn the skills they need to progress their business.

After noticing the digital industry was becoming less inclusive and more expensive, Jon wanted to remove barriers for people and help them learn new skills. He begin to sign up digital mentors and now more than 50 people are signed up to help those who need it.

And mentees aren’t the only ones learning. In the last three years Jon has been adapting and developing events each time to make sure they’re as accessible and inclusive to all. Evening out the gender split and making sure venues didn’t exclude people who didn’t drink – the pub was quickly swapped for co-working spaces and libraries – are just a few of the small changes made along the way to make sure legup can give everyone the legup they need.

Established in Sheffield with a second event in Manchester, legup’s most recent challenge has been navigating through the coronavirus pandemic. In-person events were out and the atmosphere and relationships that build in those face-to-face sessions is hard to replicate, but Jon is determined to re-imagine legup to suit the strange times we find ourselves living in.

Legup is always on the lookout for new mentors. If you work in digital or have relevant expertise and experience, Jon will be more than happy to chat – just drop him a line on join@legup.social.Words by Molly McGreevy.

July is Underdog 

“An underdog questions and expands what’s considered possible.”

July’s theme is #CMunderdog presented by Mailchimp. It was selected by CreativeMornings/Edinburgh and illustrated by Astrid Jaekel - Artist / Illustrator.

“Think like a belonger, not an imposter.

Lauren Kelly is a psychologist and designer. In 2014 she started BehaviourStudio, a behavioural design studio, working with and training teams at Microsoft, Coop Digital, The British Government, The Estonian Government, Hyper Island and more.Lauren is trained to recognise countless syndromes and conditions. But there’s a difference between studying something and living it.70% of us experience imposter syndrome. Maya Angelou and Einstein to name two. And Lauren is part of that 70%. She’s one of millions of people who doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.People have Zoomed in to Lauren’s talk from across the world. People who live thousands of miles apart have come together, many admitting to experiencing imposter syndrome themselves.Lauren works in behavioural design and uses behavioural science and design for positive behaviour change. By looking at imposter syndrome as a behavioural challenge, she can apply behavioural design tools.“Your imposter syndrome means you overestimate people’s ability and underestimate your own. They are no better. You are at the table. You deserve to be there.”Negative thoughts are the driving force behind imposter syndrome. If left unseen to, they can turn from a cloud of doubt into a dark, damaging shadow.“Instead of an imposter. You need to think like a belonger.”To think like a belonger. You need a belong statement. Something everyone can write and keep to hand for next time imposter syndrome creeps in.

A) ‘I’m great at…’ List three things you are great at.

B) ‘I feel imposter syndrome when…’ Pinpoint when you feel imposter syndrome,  not your triggers.

C) ‘It makes me feel…’ Note how your triggers make you feel. To be aware is the first step towards change.


Then bring the three together to create you belong statement:

The next time (B)…. And I feel ©…
I will say to myself, I belong because (A).


“You aren’t alone. Other people aren’t more capable. Identify your ‘imposter’ triggers. And start to change them with your belong statement.”Words by Molly McGreevy.

May is NATURE

“What can nature teach us about living with strength, vulnerability, and grace during these challenging times?”

May’s theme is #CMnature. It was picked by our Salt Lake City chapter, illustrated by David Habben (habbenink.com), and is presented by WordPress.

April is PURPOSE

“When in doubt, take the steps you need to follow the path of your own joy. This path is your purpose.”April is #CMpurpose. This month’s theme was chosen by the Indianapolis chapter and illustrated by Jason Ratliff.

March is IDENTITY 

“The most unique care and love you can give to your creative identity is to craft it with your own hands.”

It was chosen by our Jakarta chapter and illustrated by Nadya Noor.

“I have always been a champion for creative arts as a solution”


For #cminvest Sheffield’s creatives are in the eaves of Jaywing’s city centre office. But Deborah Bullivant AKA Grimm & Co is used to somewhere a little more magical…in the centre of Rotherham.An apothecary to the magical, Grimm & Co’s shelves are stacked with traditional and unconventional remedies, curses, hexes, tonics, potions, cures, spells and elixirs. It’s a magical shop for magical beings, but humans are allowed in too.“The most important thing is we take fun seriously. We’ve never strayed from that”As well as being the place to pick up ‘Luck of The Irish’, ‘Condensed Enthusiasm’ and ‘Extract of Genius’ Grimm & Co is a place where children can unleash their imaginations. The apothecary doubles up as a place for literacy, where children can learn and be creative.“Writing is a really good tool for resilience. We do it in lots of unusual ways”In Rotheram, children’s literacy levels are 5% lower than the national average and 28% of adults struggle with literacy . Through Grimm & Co, Deborah wanted to give children a place to be playful and create an environment where children could have the courage to try without fear of being wrong.“In the hidden writing room you’re in the middle of the story.”By immersing themselves in the magical world of Grimm & Co, children are taken away from their everyday chaos. In a place for magical beings, their imaginations are provoked and they can learn in an authentic, creative way.“The emphasis is on teachers but its important that community and parents and everything around them gives children the things they need to learn.”As well as the shop, Grimm & Co’s mobile classroom brings the magic of the apothecary to school halls. In five years, almost 10,000 children have visited the shop or been visited at school.With the impact of Deborah and her team (including previous CM Sheffield speakers Side by Side!) being felt across the town, Grimm & Co doesn’t need a magical praise potion.“In the three hour visit I saw faces light up as children went from disengaged writers to published authors of a collaborative text. It’s an amazing experience that EVERY child should have.” – Laura Atkinson at St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary SchoolWords by Molly McGreevy.

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