ADVENT is NOT Over!
Well, not if
you spell it correctly.
As in ADVancing ENTrepreneurship! (You know I’m relentless on this… LOL)
coming up fast on 2014 and my New Years wish is for all of us to tap into our
inner entrepreneur and figure out something magnificent to do in
2014. Are you with me?
at 2013, I am amazed at two things:
2. How poorly I’ve been paid (LOL but…)
shaping up to be just as adventurous… maybe more [I have been invited to give a
keynote address at a major new entrepreneurship conference in…. Tehran! Gulp.]
but it is time for me to ask your advice
about getting paid.
that eminent philosopher and businessman Calvin Broadus, “Business isn’t in the
telling, business is in the selling.” [A cup of coffee or a beer to those of
you who know Mr. Broadus’s nom de plume…
Especially fun stuff from 2013…
from the World Entrepreneurship Forum where I got to do my ecosystem-building
workshop with an all-star cast. [You really should have me do this in your
community – powerful stuff and great fun!]
Got to help
launch the ICSB’s cool new Online Learning Excellence workshops – how do you
pull off deeply experiential entrepreneurial learning… online? (Got to lob a
few more hand grenades on that too… )
I won’t bore
you with more (for now…. Ha!) Instead I’ll close with some advice I got to
share with high school programs in Texas who want to “go big” entrepreneurially
but they are at Square One right now. Here’s what I shared. What would you add/change?
Great Things That High
School Students Can Do!
Ice House: World class
introduction to entrepreneurship
Have your students
identify and vet a local "Entrepreneurial Hero" and shoot a short
video with a phone on what makes them a true Entrepreneurial Hero. What is their special sauce to create vlaue? How did that business model evolve? Focus on substance not style. Good opportunity to
introduce them to business models!)
Speaking of business
models, look up Steve Blank's Lean Launchpad class on Udacity (free!) If
you go to www.steveblank.com (his blog) you'll see where they tried the Udacity class
in a Cleveland-area HS... and it worked without dumbing it down [except maybe
for the teachers? ;) ] Next, they tried it in a junior high. Still worked.
HUGE opportunity to
reach out to the entrepreneurial community - as speakers and especially
Ecosystem mapping -
SAOSW (Students Are Our Secret Weapon!)