We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Canosa and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Mind Bubble was designed to create a relaxed and inclusive environment for students to discover joy in the learning process. At the heart of Mind Bubble is a supportive learning community that fosters caring relationships where students and volunteers connect with each other on a human level, Our approach to education challenges the test-scores-first learning mindset that often leaves both students and educators feeling devalued. Through the individualized academic support we offer, the games we play together at tutoring, and the thought-provoking small group activities that students and volunteers engage in at workshops, Mind Bubble provides a wide range of social interactions that center positive attitudes and relationships and in turn create the positive learning mindsets that are so critical to our mission.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Mind Bubble is different because it’s fun. Students find many learning environments boring and oppressive, either because they aren’t getting enough individualized support to succeed, they’re not being challenged. or they don’t connect to the content of their lessons on a personal level. I’m proud of the relationships that form at Mind Bubble because students feel seen and valued, and of the confidence they gain after having positive learning experiences with us. The joy that people feel at Mind Bubble is what propels our business forward. We’re a non-profit, so our success isn’t measured by wealth but by the impact we’re having on the people we serve. And Mind Bubble is rich indeed in success stories about students who have come to enjoy learning by becoming a part of our community. It hasn’t been easy road to create this community, and there are certainly been obstacles to overcome. COVID-19 is a great example of a big challenge we faced as an organization that offered entirely in-person programming. But when we are faced with challenges, we put our community first and do our best to adapt and thrive. We spent a long time over the summer rethinking our approach to online tutoring for the fall semester and I couldn’t be prouder of how well we’ve managed to bring the feel of Mind Bubble’s learning community to life in an online format. I believe there’s no challenge we can’t overcome when we work in collaboration and with deep respect for our community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Taking friends around the city would be a lot trickier now in the age of COVID. I would definitely insist on getting takeout from some of my favorite spots – Chai Pani in Decatur (the kale pakoras are so good), Goldberg’s in Toco Hills, or Ziba’s Bistro in Grant Park. I might also take them east of the city for an outdoor excursion to Stone Mountain or to my favorite disc golf course in Redan. But once COVID subsides, I’m looking forward to going to concerts at The Loft in midtown, hanging out at cool watering holes in the Old Fourth Ward, or checking out places like the Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human rights.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my students, past and present, from whom I draw tremendous inspiration and joy.