Ringing in the new year: To bring in 2012, we wanted to continue our tradition of "change for good." It's a chance for us to share our personal perspectives from the team, tell you a little bit more about who we are, and what we’re passionate about.
Lisa Taylor - Inside/Corpoate Sales
2011 was a magnificent year. It began with an inspiring new year's resolution: I challenged myself in learning about the sourcing of materials, the way something is manufactured, grown or gathered for my consumption. I researched where items come from and supported companies and organizations that adhere to my beliefs and the good of the greater community.
Further, I asked myself what would come of each purchase I made- was this item necessary to my everyday life? This helped me to really understand motivations behind spending money and take more ownership on which entities are receiving my cash. I felt confident every month in achieving what I set out to do. Along the way, I did have some hiccups. I went to a few weddings and shopped from the registry. I had to purchase things I knew the couple would like!
I purchased new shoes several times. Until I learn the craft of molding leather into boots, which I would love to do, I will support those awesome designers sold at local shops and feel good about this.
Which leads me to my 2012 resolution. This year, I resolve to do my part in the circle of life by eating more animals. Learning what I have and knowing what I know, I'm feeling good about being meat-curious and this year, I challenge myself to try the new, extraordinary and out of the norm. I've been afraid in the past, but no longer. 2012 is the year!
Christy - Retail/Wholesale
In 2012, I'll be building on the foundations that I laid for myself in 2011. This time last year, I resolved to live by my PCQ's (passion, craft, quality) by treating others with the caring and understanding that I wanted for myself, paying attention to the details of my consumerism, and by accepting and appreciating the quality that others put into their own crafts. Needless to say, I learned a lot, so this year I'll be putting work into making my own "stuff."
I've done research on frame-building classes, and am set to start classes next month. This process includes learning about frame theory and geometry, sketching, TIG welding, and eventually crafting my own frame. I already love doing all the repairs and adjustments needed on my own bicycles, and this next step will allow me to build on my passion for the bicycle. Other endeavors of building and making include a resolve to cook more, completing home fix-it projects, and FISHING! Here's to 2012!
Kati - Production Manage
This year has been a great year for learning and growing, both at work and in my personal life. I was able to travel to Spain and France with my boyfriend and his family. He surprised me by proposing and we are now engaged to be married next year. I’ve learned so much more about how to increase our efficiency in the factory in order to make the operations runner smoother and therefore reduce the about of stress I would otherwise encounter. My plan is to continue to increase our efficiency with the help of a very good teacher, double the output of product and to continue the spread the Rickshaw story worldwide. As far as getting married, well my resolution is that I will not become a bridezilla.
Chris - Marketing Manager
What a year! This year I was able to focus on continuing my entrenchment in "Urban Mobility" in San Francisco. I'm proud to report thanks to consistent urban biking I didn't have to buy a single muni pass this year and I'm still in love with my 2009 Fuji Feather, a lightweight single speed track bike that has done me well even against a year in SF. Beyond a few bumps (Market Street muni black-eye, stolen seat, 6 flats and grip-less handlebars) it's held up, gotten better over time, and become a part of me.
Optimism Not Resolutions by Crystal Considering the world as we know it is going to implode, or explode, or come to some other amazing Hollywood worthy end, I feel rather optimistic about 2012.
My name is Joe and I'm our Media Coordinator here at Rickshaw. Last year at this time, I resolved to Change for Good and aspired to travel to Japan in order to influence my knowledge of minimal design -- a key element of the Rickshaw design philosophy. And although I unfortunately never made it all the way to Tokyo, I did have the opportunity to read a great deal about design and execute my first bag design here at Rickshaw.
In November of this year, I used some really awesome Noun Project icons (thenounproject.com -- I'm obsessed) to create our holiday ornaments. It was the first project that I got to learn how to operate our laser cutter, and inspired us to take it one step further to make holiday stockings for the SF mayors office using scrap fabric.
Finally, I'm an avid Kindle reader. Launching our Kindle sleeve this fall was an exhilarating experience. Since our sleeves are built from scratch right here in our SF factory the day we got the new Kindles we went right to work. In 24 hours, Mark (our CEO) had made our very first prototype. Only 2 days later, they were in the laser cutter, online and ready to take home.
It's projects like these that make me feel so inspired to be at Rickshaw. Everyday I am overwhelmed with our serious passion to making great things, and I can't wait to be part of new year's line-up of new cool gear.
For 2012, I hope to continue to learn more about design. At Rickshaw we are obsessed with making our customers part of the experience, therefore I'm excited to help create Media to help our customers feel included and contribute to the process of bag design. Happy New Year!
Hey all! My goals for the coming year are to commit myself more fully to the areas of my life which sustain me. I am passionate about so many things, its easy to become overwhelmed and feel as though there isn't enough time in the day to give attention to all that might want it. However, I find that some things ignite me and I can become immersed for hours, and feel rejuvenated afterwards. One of those things is community building, as I live in a co-operative housing community, and I am in love with the process of constant communicating and maneuvering that contributes to that space. Another is the democratic education @ Cal, (DECal) program at UC Berkeley that I am a part of, which is another community-building environment that serves women at Berkeley. My students there are always teaching me so much, and it's some of the hardest and most rewarding work I've ever done. I would also like to be more actively contributing to my own education, since my very recent graduation.
Adam - Customer Service
My name is Adam and i'm glad to be a new addition to Team Human-Powered. As part of the Rickshaw Crew I will be building on our past as a small, generous business that values sustainability in the things the we make and the relationships that truly support being Human Powered. To us, customer service requires passion, craft and quality - just like our bags.
I'm Spencer and I split my time between the retail side of Rickshaw and working with Joe on the website and photography.