Since 2010 OMHG has been a gathering place for the open sharing of creativity, community and collaboration. We’ve worked together daily to gather and celebrate our diverse stories, talents and knowledge while asking important questions through our site, chats and events. What started out as a resource for the handmade community has grown into the first cooperatively owned social network, a community for the head + heart + hands. Here is how are are doing that:
OMHG is making a cooperative social network for the head + heart + hands. We are creating true community where we are citizens with a vote & not just members. Unplug from social media that disconnects and plug in to a community that fills you up with goodness, ready to make a difference, in your day and our world.
Since 2010 OMHG has published over 1200 posts sharing the stories, skills and talents of the creative community. Here everyone is an expert but no one is the expert-what a difference that has made! We explore making a life of meaning from all angles and are a welcoming place no matter where you might be at on your creative journey. Every month we take on a new theme from celebrations of awesomeness to living an ethical life, our diverse perspectives keeping things lovely & lively. We welcome thoughtfully crafted submissions on our themes, updates on community news & creative collaborations, or posts for the head, heart & hands at any time. These three things, or thinking, being, doing, are what make OMHG special and are the foundation of our community. Meet some of our contributor team or learn how to submit your first post here.
OMHG has been connecting makers & communities since 2010. The Marketplace was built to link up the best services, supplies & resources to help the creative community find their maker-matches! If you are a business or brand the best way to work with us is to become an annual marketplace member.
For 3+ years we have been meeting weekly on Twitter with the hashtag #OMHG, our connections started there and even though we’ve moved into a platform of our own we still gather every Thursday from 1-2pm EST. Click here to learn more about our chats and how to join us!
We’re gathering to make a movement this October at Hollyhock on Cortes Island to put all the principles of OMHG into action and lay the foundation for an annual open sourced, community led event where we can all be makers, experts, leaders, teachers, and founders. Learn more about the retreat or reserve your place here.
To learn more about where we’ve been & how we got here read cooperative director Jessika’s timeline of growing OMHG from a tiny seed into a community garden or visit her about page. Spend some time in our archives seeing how we’ve grown and finding food for the head, heart and hands.
Social media can be like fast food, it fills us up, but leaves us hungry for the goodness under the surface. OMHG is cultivating true, meaningful connections. The kind that lift you up, inspire confidence, and offer support for taking action on what you care about most whether it’s crafting a lovely life, creating a business, making positive change, or mixing up your own brand of special sauce.
In a world that encourages us to shout to be heard we listen carefully and work together instead of adding to the noise.
You don’t need to think you are a ‘maker’ to join us – we are not a club or a clique, everyone is welcome. OMHG is a friendly, respectful neighbourhood, we welcome and seek out diversity because true community is always inclusive. Whether you make art or make change if you want to make more goodness in your life, pull up a seat at our table, and bring something to share.