Market research with teenagers is showing that “the defining issue facing Gen Z is social equality.”
Beyond being just concerned about it, it is a real motivator in their actions. It is a defining issue that they believe they can solve to shape how the world works and how business is done.
In a few years, they are the voters and consumers. They genuinely have the capacity to make change happen to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their communities.
I’m finding when I chat to teenagers that there is a wonderful openness and inclusion around gender, race, sexuality; a hope for communities to be whole and a puzzlement that they are not. For some, the community spaces on the internet are real contributors for promoting this equality.
Ask your children and youth about their thoughts on equality – globally and in their community?
What does it mean to them? What do they want to see happen? What are the causes that they see occur most commonly in their community? Make a discussion wall.
The SDGs come to life when we recognise them at the most local of levels in the places that we live; opening up the opportunities to solve them.
You will also be opening up the spaces of empathy and compassion – key elements of the problem-solving mindset that we need to empower our young people with.
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The workshop empowers children (7 -12 years old) to be happy agents of change!
Every child's creativity counts in this inclusive, fun workshop where all ideas count. They bring their brilliant, beautiful, unique imaginations and we play with ideas to change the world.
It is a ‘change-maker space’ where we take on a Sustainable Development Goal, exploring how we can solve it with incredible inventions.
We dream big, mash-up all of our creativity, riff on innovative solutions to big challenges, build prototypes from trash, tell the story of our inventions – everything is possible when we play like this!
We empower children to make a positive impact on their communities, building their resilience, wellbeing and entrepreneurial mind-set, equipping them with the skills for solving real-world challenges now.
After the workshop, Elaine shares a montage of the prototypes to innovation experts such as Professor Jonathan Rossiter, Professor of Robotics at the University of Bristol.
Your kids will leave the workshop as happy, hopeful, confident adventurers, believing in their problem-solving creativity.
Playing, inventing and laughing: what better way to spend a Saturday as a kid?
Sign up via: https://ltmmeco.eventbrite.com
Looking for something fun for your kids to do on Saturday 2nd June? Get them signed up to this creativity and innovation workshop with me.
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Are you a social entrepreneur just starting to grow your team?
Learn powerful, practical skills to create a positive culture within your social business.
Make more social impact by developing a trusted team that is resilient and optimistic.
In the workshop you will explore a Resilience Toolkit to build relationships and increase collaboration, so that you trust everyone to pull in the same direction.
You will practice and build tools and strategies that you can use immediately. Learn how to:
Being a happy team that makes social change happen comes from actively building behaviours, skills and relationships so that you can evolve and flourish together.
Get started with this workshop!
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I’ve been digging into market research on Generation Z (13 -18 years) to understand more about what they care about, what makes them hopeful and what is fuelling their disengagement and rise in mental health issues.
There are some common themes in their views:
Not everyone needs to be an entrepreneur, but we do need to equip all our children and Gen Z’s with entrepreneurial mindset – the life skills, leadership skills and strategic thinking skills – that make them resilient, hopeful problem-solvers.
If you truly want to build their wellbeing and prepare them for today’s world, you need to build this mindset with them, drawing on everyone’s unique creativity.
Here’s how you can do it.
1. You can set up a learn to move mountains® hub in your school or organisation (think youth NGO, youth club, after-school club, library...)
It is designed to build the mindset and skills that Gen Z’s need by exploring the causes that they care about, making an inclusive space to engage all of them. Find out how here. Get signed up for the next online training course starting in June, so you can set it up.
2. Give them a voice by asking them to name the causes that they care about as a community. Are they the same as this list?
3. Discover what they think about equality and how to achieve it within their community. Use At My Best Strengths cards to aid the discussion through a celebration of strengths - you can get a set in the Flow In Action Shop.
Get all of your youth included and engaged as problem-solvers in the 21st Century.
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How do you pick the right partners?
Building good partnerships with other providers is directly connected to being part of strong, sustainable supply chains that make real social change happen.
If you are a social business – particularly a solopreneur, micro or SME – building these partnerships is a vital part of you being able to win business, secure income, flourish and achieve your social impact.
Not being in a good partnership is going to cost you time, money, credibility and wellbeing.
As with all relationships, it takes time to build them; you want and need to put your energy into building the right ones.
Speed up that process. Know your own criteria for who you want to partner with and why. Ask the right questions.
Wondering what those questions are? Come to the Partnering Checklist workshop on 23rd May at Soft-Space Geneva to find out and create your decision-making framework.
Last weekend I was at the Good Festival in Lausanne. I spoke on the Friday about how to create a Resilience Toolkit as a changemaker.
On the Saturday and Sunday, I had the pleasure and privilege to sit on the judging panel, listening to and feeding back on the ideas from the people pitching.
It was an incredible, humbling experience to hear so many ideas, in all stages of development, for doing good. People were using the things that they love to do, combined with their experiences and skills, to take action…not knowing if they would succeed and taking the risk on trying.
If you do one thing this week to build the resilience of the children and young people around you, make sure that you create a level-playing where everyone’s ideas for doing good count.
It’s so simple, that you may think it’s not worth doing. You will go into ‘Dragon’s Den’ mode and start applying judgements and making it a competition.
STOPPPP! Don’t do that.
Instead, open the space, make a ladder, invite the ideas and dreams of every kid as steps up it for doing good.
Before the businesses, before the solutions comes the risk-taking on the ideas.
As adults we need to remember not to inadvertently crush creativity because we’ve lost touch with our imagination and are bound by our rules.
Make a ladder!
…and also watch Anote’s Ark with them. This beautiful, moving film about the Kiribati Islands brings home why we all need to take action as changemakers.
#resilience #flowinaction #pureenergyofcreating #grit #wellbeing #innovators #weareallconnected