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The Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation Podcast

Oct 22, 2019

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Madeleine Shaw is the co-founder of Lunapads, a multiple-award-winning East Vancouver-based social enterprise that is dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for positive periods. With the help of their customers, Lunapads is responsible for diverting over 20 million disposable pads and tampons from North American landfills every year. But Madeleine is not involved in the day-to-day of Lunapads at this point. 

We dive deeper into Madeleine’s newest venture instead, NestWorks, a co-working space that lends itself to integrating a work/life balance between families. As this idea has been on her mind for a long time, she goes in-depth about her own experience with kids in the workplace, how work and life can be integrated, and advice she would have had for her younger self.

She is also working on a book that she considers a “manifesto of encouragement,” targeting potential social entrepreneurs who have either a small or big idea for how to impact the world through business but aren’t sure how to move forward. Through her own experience, she tells stories that she hopes will inspire more people to pursue entrepreneurialism and make their individual impacts to help make the world a better place.

In this episode, Madeleine shares many valuable insights from her journey in the purpose-driven space. We learn more about the motivation behind NestWorks and her own experiences as an entrepreneur trying to find balance between work and family, as well as tips for aspiring entrepreneurs and what she's doing to help inspire those seeking to make a difference.