This week Mark Ostrom, founder and executive director of Joy Collaborative, tells me about his work bringing people together to create enriching spaces for youth – and how you can apply those methods and principles to your own home.

In this episode, you will discover…….

– That designing with accessibility in mind is good for everyone.

– What kind of accommodations can make the most difference to someone with life limiting conditions.

– How to make creative and stimulating spaces on a budget.

About our guest

With nearly three decades in the architecture and design industry Mark took the bold step of combining his love for design and his passion for helping others into Joy Collaborative.

Founded in 2019 on a shoestring budget and a career filled with colleagues, Mark officially launched Joy Collaborative. Joy Collaborative is a group of impassioned doers and volunteers who help create spaces for kids with life-limiting conditions. The first Joy Collaborative space “Brave Bear” was created for Kodiak a Twin Cities child with a rare genetic disorder. The spaces are created through partnerships with the architecture & interior design community and financial donations from the corporate community. The Twin Cities 501©(3) expects to create up to 10 projects in 2021. The organization is enriched by partnerships with Lifetime Fitness, the Minnesota United, Twin Cities Orthopedics, and other generous organizations contributing to the well-being and advancement of youth.

Learn more about Mark Ostrom

Website: Joy Collaborative

Instagram: Joy Collaborative

LinkedIn: Mark Ostrom


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