May 10, 2022Liked by John Onwuchekwa

I appreciate the thought process you walked us through. With experience working in corporate retail, protecting the bottom line through strategies of limiting shrink is the goal.

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Having changed careers to software engineering and finding myself in a fascinating entrepreneurial startup/business world, it is very clear that the money exists for this to happen but the heart to give, without the spotlight on the companies 'service' is more difficult to navigate.

But I wonder what potential solutions would look like.

Thoughts I have are:

Starting with prayer and taking heart in Paul's prayer, 'To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.'

1) a non-profit that is subscription based and whatever is received goes to buying these basic items and having centers in cities that distribute them.

2) a Christian startup/business network that joins the model of building a business that is acquired in 4-7 years and distributes that acquired money to these places to make basic standard of living not a cycle that works against itself.

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Tell me more about what you do! Sounds interesting man! Software engineering and entrepreneurial startup?

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Yeah, so I am currently a software engineer a few years into the new career. I work at a company that is very entrepreneurial at heart. But the gears are always going for ideas and ways to get things going. I generally have a ton of ideas and can help connect people to others who can get things done but Im not the finisher haha.

Since changing careers and know that people can increase their quality of life through 'skilling up' I've had the burden to try to figure out a way for to help others learn software development/engineering.

The wild thing is that you can learn completely free across a broad range of software engineering skills and be employable within 3-6 months depending on the situation.

Its a whole thing ๐Ÿ˜…. But I have a plan for getting anyone interested from no skills to job within 6months, give or take based off of networking and so on. The tech bubble is an interesting world to be in. Resources and online communities abound.

There are also routes for this to happen where people can become no-code developers using tools like webflow and other website builders. I have a friend who would also be able to give a lot of advice in that area.

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Another idea after listening to the podcast episode of Faith Work & Rest you were on.

I don't know if it could fit into plans for the Portrait Coffee but learning Web Development/Software Engineering can be 100% free. Following the heart of 'Pouring a New Narrative' there are so many people changing careers for free or relatively nothing compared to going to college and there are those who are willing to teach as well.

I guess the thought is potentially having a time at Portrait where someone can teach or be available to those who are interested in learning. Also, it doesn't have to be @ Portrait I love how Pouring a New Narrative can/does speak to helping people gain skills to move out of a system that draws borders on all of life and it being done in a place that is serving and writing new narratives because of the gospel.

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