Sunday, 8 September 2013


Problem – solving
Innovation and creative solutions are bi-products of the ability of the entrepreneurial mind to solve problems. Children should be able to use their “success attitude” to innovate solutions to social problems that they observe or face. When kids complain or are bothered about a problem, listen to them and encourage them to explore alternatives and solutions. When they complain about traffic, ask them.

What is a better way to deal with this problem?

When they complain about litter in the streets, encourage them to come up with better waste management solutions. Give them the mindset of Thomas Edison who said: “I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others. I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.”

M.A.D (make a Diff!)
Shirts make a statement
A group of witty “word smart” teenage girls and “picture smart” graphic artists came together to create a business venture they called M.A.D (Make A Diff!) shirts. They were bothered by many issues and wanted to express their options through “statement shirts”. They felt that teens should start “wearing their hearts on their sleeves” by wearing their M.A.D. Shirts. They advocated for fellow teens to make a statement and be part of the solutions instead of the problem!

Banker fro the poor
Muhammad Yunus
“I did something that challenged the banking world. Conventional banks look for the rich; we look for the absolutely poor. All people are entrepreneurs, but many don’t have the opportunity to find that out.”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus established Grameen Bank in Bangladesh in 1983. his goal was to help poor people to escape from poverty by providing them loadns and teaching them sound financial principles, so that they could help themselves. This innovation in banking principles came at a time when the poor had no access to credit. Grameen bank has become a model for the world movement toward eradicating poverty through microlending. 

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