LiveKen – Understanding, Inspiring and Empowering the community

Welcome everyone to LiveKen’s brand new blog. LiveKen Website Banner This blog is the first step in the creation of a business that will work with you as a clients to create and find the knowledge and tools necessary to live sustainable and fulfilling lives, even with a chronic illness.

Megan Schartner

My name’s Megan and I’m the creative mind behind the LiveKen concept.

I believe that if we work together we can create a world where people respect their needs, each other, and the environment they live in. 

Our Story so far…

In October 2013, I built up enough courage to share my story about living with invisible chronic illnesses. Fast forward to March 2014 and, with input and support from the community, we raised enough money through Kickstarter to publish a picture book to explain chronic illness, Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang, the invisible characters that keep me and many others company every day. The book will be available on this site from late 2014/early 2015. The success of the Kickstarter campaign, and my lifelong passion in sustainability and community engagement led to where we are today. The start of LiveKen!

What do we do?

At LiveKen, we aim to provide the knowledge, understanding, awareness and support necessary to achieve a fulfilling, sustainable lifestyle where you have a positive impact on your health, the people around you, and the planet we live on. We are business working with the community for the community. All of our products have been, and will be, developed through an open and transparent method that (like with the picture book) allows the community to be involved from the very beginning of development so that the products and services fit their needs.

Why do we do it?

A strong passion for sustainable living and community engagement, combined with a deep understanding and awareness of the issues faced by those of us with invisible chronic illnesses. Without knowing how and why we should act, we won’t. We want to make sure people have the understanding and awareness to make their own decisions about life, and we want to help them reach their goals once they understand what is involved.

What does LiveKen mean?

LiveKen is the combination of two separate words, ‘live’ and ‘ken’. Live is the process by which we act or do things to create our own future. Ken is our understanding and awareness of what is happening in the world around us and what we can do about it.

Why the frog?

Foggy Frog Full size The frog was our very first concept drawing of Foggy Frog. As the illustrations progressed the image used in the book evolved. This simplified frog not only reminds us of the invisible symptoms faced by those with chronic illnesses, but also reminds us that frogs are a great indicator of the health and wellbeing of our environment.

How can you get involved?

You can get involved in our communal effort to help people live sustainable and fulfilling lives by:

  1. Sign up for our newsletter. Since beginning the Foggy Frog and the Pain Gang Campaign I have been sending out a monthly newsletter with updates on the project and links to other relevant and useful information. By signing up to our newsletter you will get access to up-to-date relevant information, previews of new product and service ideas, and the opportunity to participate in the community development of the products and services available.
  2. Let us know how you’d like to help us. Use the contact form below to get in touch and let us know how you’d like to help us. This could be through writing guest posts, being part of our creative board of community members, or by donating your time, skills or funds to help progress our cause.
  3. Spreading the word. Share our posts and spread the word about our cause so that others can get involved. The more people who know about what we are trying to do, the more people we can reach.

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Over the next few weeks we will provide more information on our people, our values and what they mean for you as a customer. We will begin providing informative posts with simple actions people can do to improve their life, whether you live with a chronic illness or are looking for a way to live a more sustainable and simple life.