Posts filed under ‘Attitude’
As social-venture entrepreneurs, OneSeventeen Media is in the idea business. Our friend Lucy Bernholz shared a “55 Ideas on Ideas” slideshow over on Philanthropy 2173, and I enjoyed getting to take a minute peruse the variety of perspectives in relevance to OneSeventeen Media’s work. Three that stand out for me:
“Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds.” Albert Einstein. [What I think Einstein might have had to say to those "mediocre minds" pictured above.]
“Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one’s thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.” Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” Victor Hugo
Life in the tech-start-up-fast-lane isn’t for wimps, and our team is convicted that the time has come to make relevant, social-emotional tools available to digital natives confronting the challenges of growing up.
I’m curious if any of our readers or anyone else on our team has some words of wisdom they turn to for inspiration? It’d be great if you’re willing to share them in the comments!
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“The biggest misconception is that teenagers don’t care. Parents and teens often get in a cycle where they see the worst in each other and teens tend to put on the ‘I-don’t-care-face’ and parents begin to believe that. Kids are just putting that on, parents need to understand that teens do care.”
Dr. Bradley’s comment echoes what our youth consistently tell us: kids care about many things, and adults often don’t “get it.”
“As a school, we’ve done a lot of work with human rights,” said Michael McDermott, the middle school principal. “But you can’t have kids saving Darfur and isolating a peer in the lunchroom. It all has to go together.”
Scarsdale Middle School has the right idea. They’ve launched a tremendous campaign to change their school culture by explicitly teaching students about empathy. This is a fantastic idea and central to combating the bullying epidemic. Direct, relevant information about exuding empathy towards others and examples of empathy in action are examples of the types of content PlumbBrain will provide kids everywhere. Kudos to the Scarsdale crew for starting the conversation about empathy at their school!
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At least according to this UK Telegraph story, the recession might be a great opportunity and change of pace for maturing tweens and teens everywhere.
“I think this recession is a good thing,” says Lee Ambrose-Brunskill, mother of 15-year-old Brandon. “People have had a wake-up call – children used to be given absolutely everything.”
With their disposable incomes drying up and fewer handouts from their parents, teens are turning into entrepreneurs as they generate revenue streams to find the flexible cash they crave.
OneSeventeen Media’s co-founders are all entrepreneurs themselves, and our team loves the idea of an an entrepreneurial wakening among youth. The world’s best ideas come from the type of innovative thinking required for successful entrepreneurs. I can’t think of any paradigm-shifting ideas that arose from “thinking inside the box.”
(Image by Clara Molden and found on the Telegraph website here)