The Community Launchpad

Modern day barn-raising

The "CoLaunchpad" is a network of individuals, parents and professionals, working together to build and grow enterprises in a way that serves our communities, our families, and ourselves. Located in downtown Palo Alto, the UnaMesa Association for Community Engagement serves as the home base for the Colaunchpad.

Community Collage

Power of a circle of women

Innovation and Parenting

Each week have a check-in session hosted by community members. Most sessions take place on Thursday mornings and provide a structured way to come together, tell our stories, strengthen our community and support each other. Details

Thur Nov 10, Rebecca Bitner - Strengthening the Commons in Education
Thur Nov 17, Member Checkin - Where do we go from here

Launch Lunches

Two Fridays a month we hold a potluck lunch. Breaking bread together provides the time and space necessary to share challenges in a safe setting and help each other overcome barriers.

Fri Nov 18, 12-2
654 Gilman
Palo Alto, CA 94301
market picture

Community Conversations

On Saturday mornings, we invite the community to engage in small conversations about what matters to them. Situated next to the downtown Farmer's market we turn our courtyard into an impromptu outdoor cafe and invite folks to sit, eat, and share a moment of reflection.

Special Event

Reynold Lewke
Wed Nov 16, 2016 7pm
CoLaunchpad 654 Gilman St, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Taking Charge of Your Career

Reynold Lewke, author of "Hired for Youth, Fired for Age," will share his insights into better ways of finding meaningful work that both pays the bills and utilizes your talents and training. Here's a statement of the challenge (from one of Reynold's posts on the subject:

Poor job market knowledge has caused literally thousands of competent people to become frustrated in their professional lives, particularly after age 50. They often ultimately settle for something that does not really fit what they are capable of personally and professionally, nor does it correspond to what they would really like to do for themselves, their families, and society as a whole. The microeconomic result is great people who are under employed, under compensated, and not happy at work. The macroeconomic result is that immense amounts of highly qualified human capital are grossly wasted on a global basis.