Weeks ago, I was in a discussion regarding the topic of children and their ability to develop inner strength. This Resilience Guide for Parents and Teachers from American Psychological Association recently landed in my inbox, and includes 10 tips for building resilience in children and teens. The article also explores the journey from the perspective of pre-school up through high school, and provides some very useful information.
Of particular interest was the importance of the roles teachers and parents play in helping students feel safe and navigate as they adjust to social cliques and efforts to belong. In my opinion, the all-too-common suggestion that they just "toughen up" doesn't adequately address the issues involved. Nor does it nurture an ecology where acknowledging and moving through fears breeds confidence due to one's honed adaptability. Though well-intentioned, it can discount instead of using the opportunity to help a child keep perspective and truly acquire healthy coping mechanisms.
Read the article here and let me know what you think.
As a long time community and business leader, I'd also given time and money to too many causes to name, many of them struggling despite annual fundraisers, donations, and campaigns to help populations which slipped through the cracks. So I started thinking...what if everyone in the world (who could, of course) gave one dollar?
That's it. Just $1. And what if, after millions were raised in this manner, the community voted on causes - big or small - that we wanted to assist? It's not a novel idea, but an interesting social experiment I decided to create on IndieGoGo: The Power of a Dollar.
We'll see what happens.
UPDATE: Our Indiegogo campaign was removed for "suspicious activity". When we contacted them to learn more, we were asked to send information (they could have found on the internet about us) from our "suspicious" email address to confirm who we are.
That's just dumb. If you don't trust who we are, why would sending you an email about our very public legal mailing address change anything? It's like being asked to write a check for $0. No thanks; I don't play games.
Instead, I chose to search for another crowdfunding site with a bit more intelligent policy and process. We'll keep you posted....