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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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Mr. D over at I Want To Teacher Forever has been running a cool project called 52 Teachers, 52 Lessons for several months now. This week’s lesson comes from yours truly, and I appreciate Mr. D’s kind words about what OneSeventeen Media is up to! His blog has great information for educators and parents; it’s worth checking out.
“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.”
I saw this CNN article about the contagious nature of happiness amongst social groups, via Steve Hargadon’s blog.
I first thought of my experience as a teacher. Particularly in a classroom setting, I saw the impact of my attitude and demeanor on my student. We definitely had the most productive learning days when I was in a positive mood or made the choice to be in a positive mood because I knew it was what was best for my students. Students generally responded to my enthusiasm and excitement with their own, greatly improving the quality of our limited time together.
Hargadon applied the study to online social networks, and I think he’s accurate in identifying the overlapping influences of attitude in both on and offline social networks. As continue the push to make PlumbBrain a reality, this is another great reminder about the power of a few people to positively impact others.
I once questioned one of my fellow camp counselors on her unwavering compassion and cheerfulness. She turn to me and said, “well you know Amy, attitude is a choice.” Such a simple concept, but it is reflective of her profound understanding of her ability to impact the experience of our young campers by choosing to look on the bright side of things. *cue Spamalot’s “Always look on the bright side of life,” because I couldn’t resist!*
This isn’t to encourage readers to approach all aspects of their lives as they would sunshine and puppy dogs (or kittens for you non-canine adoring), but there is an important take home message about the power we have to affect the lives of others by how we choose to perceive our own. Consider making a choice to reflect a positive attitude the next time you’re feeling less than chipper before an in-person meeting or online posting. You never know how many people you might infect!
Vicki Davis at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog often has great resources centered around learning, technology and kids. An example of the great content she shares is below from her post A Little Digital Citizenship Parent Brainstorming: Share Your Thoughts. I really appreciate her comprehensive approach to teaching digital citizenship and urging parents to keep up with their tech-savvy kids. Be sure you check out the blog to see the diagram in its entirety.