Who we are and should be
Ryan Groves 

Some of the 250 students who went on a barefoot water walk for the Creativity World Forum

Some of the 250 students who went on a barefoot water walk for the Creativity World Forum

For the last 8 years I have had the incredible honor of serving Wishing Well as CEO. In that time, God has allowed me to see the miraculous as students across the nation took up the banner of clean water. College students in Portland and Hawaii put on community driven art shows. High school students in the mid-west walked barefoot through downtown Oklahoma City by the hundreds carrying water. From bake sales to film premieres in Times Square, we became a family that used creativity to change the world. All in all, about 40 different colleges and high schools united to give clean water to tens of thousands of people in ten developing nations. 

In the last 10 years, the non-profit sector has exploded. Social causes went from a fringe movement of activist, to the main work of society. We couldn't be happier, but this comes with a new set of challenges.

In an age inundated with messages, it can be hard to find our identity. And if we don't know who we are and how we have been uniquely gifted it will be nearly impossible to work together. We no longer compare ourselves locally, but globally and with the click of a button. As my mother used to tell her sons, "comparison is the thief of joy." If we're not careful, comparison can cripple us and rob us of our identity and potential.

This generation is weary of transactions. We want relationships because they have the power to change the world. Relationships require knowing and being known. So let us reintroduce ourselves...

Wishing Well empowers communities to transform their world by giving clean water to those in need.

Our primary job is to explode the cultural imagination of this generation.

Ending the water crisis is not a matter of money. It would take about 40 billion a year to give everyone water on the planet. The U.S. alone spends 22 billion a year on ice cream, 11 billion on dog food, 40 billion on drugs, and over 50 billion on pornography. We have the cash. This is a question of what we believe about the world. It is a question of heart, love and action.

Wishing Well is a community of future leaders who, by changing what people believe, will end the world water crisis. We are a community, a movement, and a mouthpiece. 

If you are young, passionate, creative, and looking for family to chase after purpose  - we want you. 

To get involved, click on the "contact" tab and shoot us a message. We will be excitedly waiting to change the world with you. 

 "Actions reveal beliefs. If you desire to change action, you must challenge what people believe" - Nathan Mellor (President of Strata Leadership, Character First, and Board Member)

 

Six of the original Wishing Well crew during the documentary filming in Rwanda. All of us were college students.  (pictured: Ryan Groves, Whitney Parker, Josh Burgin, Chase Layman, Travis Hughes, Taylor Walling) Photo by Esther Havens

Six of the original Wishing Well crew during the documentary filming in Rwanda. All of us were college students. 

(pictured: Ryan Groves, Whitney Parker, Josh Burgin, Chase Layman, Travis Hughes, Taylor Walling) Photo by Esther Havens

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