Creativity For Kids

20 Feb 19
Derick Rivas ICM506 Blog

While there is no “I” in team but if you’re a writer… “You are writing for yourself. Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person” – William Zinsser, On Writing Well Do you want to know what’s behind the success of some of the greatest writers […]

20 Feb 19
She's A Natural Dyer

In the last few weeks, there have been several incidents that seemed to be signs the universe was conspiring to help me. I wanted to listen to Brene Brown’s book Rising Strong while I quilted, and I got a notification that the library had automatically checked it out to me, after putting it on hold […]

20 Feb 19
An Inviting Piece of the Pie

As a 14-year-old kid, I watched helplessly as I witnessed a grown man violently assault his pregnant ex-girlfriend, until she lost both consciousness and their unborn child. That was just one of any number of destructive acts I have seen by people with whom I shared the same gender. I have witnessed some deeply disturbing actions from men who struggled to balance an innate physical strength with fragile mentalities…but […]

20 Feb 19
My connection with the world

Wether you are young or old, play is a very significant act. Usually when you get older you stop playing and start focusing on other things like school and start stressing more often. The act of Global School Play Day is highly important to do because there are many benefits to it. For example, Bedley, […]

20 Feb 19
Toronto Sun

The list is as long as it is depressing. Dany Heatley. Daniel Alfredsson. Jason Spezza. Kyle Turris. Erik Karlsson. Mike Hoffman. At one time, they were all Ottawa Senators. But one by one, they all wanted out or were pushed out by an organization that has done a great job of drafting and developing top-end […]

20 Feb 19
My Safe Writing Space

Cold cannot describe the breeze that socked me like a punch early one morning. I deigned to open my view to a sad world, and the brisk wind reminded me of the end of The Shining, but I have nothing on Jack Nicholson, I guess. I’d kill to watch that movie again. Frank Ocean was […]

20 Feb 19
The Denver Post
“Would you like to buy some golf balls?” For years, these eight words taught me the value of a dollar and the basics of running a business. Growing up a Sengenberger meant visiting “camp,” a cabin-like family gathering place in the Adirondack Village of Speculator, New York that my grandfather built. Camp is separated from the second hole at Speculator’s golf course by a thin layer of forest. For years my siblings, cousins, parents and I combed through the woods seeking used golf balls beneath the shrubs and leaves. We’d take the balls to camp, wash them in a bucket of soapy water and assess resale value: $0.25, 0.50 or $1.00. We’d box them in price-labeled egg cartons and quietly take our seats on the bench at the edge of the green. At the appropriate moment, we’d pop the question. Golfers would usually review our inventory. Whether they became customers or not, they were always polite and respectful. As were we, recognizing no one would buy from a rude and disrespectful kid. I suspect the golf course was aware, but we were hardly rivals. We never worried about the clubhouse shutting us down — or the government. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for Ben, Jonathan and William Knowles, three kid brothers who had their art fair lemonade stand shuttered by Denver police because they didn’t have a permit. Three little kids found a need — thirsty fair patrons — and met it. Illegally. I ran a golf ball stand every summer. We never had a permit — and didn’t go through the headache of getting one — but we learned invaluable lessons. It took time and effort to find the golf balls, wash them and sometimes answer, “Is this really worth $1.00, or is it a $0.25’er?”  Then we tried to sell them and handled the accounting — learning additional skill sets. The Knowles Brothers took it upon themselves to dive into the legislative process, getting the city council to change the ordinance and inspiring state Sen. Angela Williams to propose Senate Bill 103. The bill lets minors operate their own business on an “occasional basis” without being burdened by government red tape. Enter 13-year-old Coloradan Jack Bonneau, founder and CEO of Jack’s Stands & Marketplaces. Bonneau should be an inspiration to “kidpreneuers” everywhere, having started his own powerhouse lemonade stand that even secured $50,000 for 10 percent equity from ABC’s Shark Tank panel in 2016. Today, Bonneau has six Denver metro locations. Last summer Good Times featured his lemonade at all their restaurants. Plus, Bonneau’s business teaches kids how to run their own stands and hires kids to run his locations. Extraordinary. Bonneau opposes Senate Bill 103, even testifying against it. Consumer “health and safety” are at risk, he argues. Bonneau told Channel 7, “If we exempt kids from these laws, they aren’t getting the full experience of starting up their own business.” And he doesn’t “think it’s fair,” as he’s “gone through all the work just like all the other vendors above 18 to get the permits and licenses to operate my stand.” Bonneau has clearly achieved business success; he’s an inspiration. But he’s also learned a tried-and-true tenet of the most successful: regulate upstart competition with higher barriers to entry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Congress he favors “the right regulation” of social media. General Motors CEO Mary Barra endorsed greater regulation to benefit zero-emissions vehicles. Zuckerberg knows that expansive internet regulation can cut out nascent competitors (like Facebook before it eradicated MySpace). Barra knows the same thing will help GM fulfill its “all-electric” aspirations. Truthfully, the most successful businesses dislike regulation — except when it advantages them by stifling competition. Bonneau seems to be a Zuckerberg-Barra microcosm: all 8-year-old lemonade stand owners must deal with permits, licenses and taxes — no matter how casual the operation — because a successful market leader says so. Yet SB 103 is limited to “occasional,” minor-owned businesses and restricts where they can set up shop. If anything, Bonneau should be its staunchest advocate: the bill will unleash kidpreneur creativity and foster greater hands-on learning, not constrain their initiative like his at first. Then, the only question we’ll have to answer is, “Would you like to buy some lemonade?” Jimmy Sengenberger is the host of “Business for Breakfast” on KDMT 1690 AM and the President and CEO of the Millennial Policy Center in Denver. To send a letter to the editor about this article, submit online or check out our guidelines for how to submit by email or mail.
20 Feb 19
Escapesmith

Lunar Mission by Maze Rooms 132 S Vermont Ave – Unit #204, Los Angeles, CA Website       The Backstory The crew based at the lunar station has suffered technical failures and is stuck on the moon with dwindling oxygen levels and supplies. As part of the maintenance team sent in for support, your […]

20 Feb 19
Confessions of a Sociopath

I had purpose when I started writing, that today would be the day I’d open up and talk about my shit. But instead I’m going to distract with humour and continue to obsess over the placement of plants in my bedroom and ignore the festering wounds which are opening up in my actual real life for realz.

20 Feb 19
Cosmopolitan Blog

My name is Vikk Dee and I have been a lover of the Cosmopolitan magazine since my younger days growing up as a kid in the early 2000’s. I grew up in the Sacramento area of California and always loved to write. It wasn’t just writing that struck my fancy however, it was the creativity, […]

20 Feb 19
Adventures of MindyLeuWho

A for Accra, Afienya, Ashaiman This past weekend, Brandon, another US volunteer, and I ventured to Ghana’s capital city, Accra, via TroTro (mini buses used for public transportation). To get there, we made some stops in Afienya and Ashaiman. Transitioning from one TroTro to another included lots of shouting, pushing through busy streets and shops, […]

20 Feb 19
Engagement, Leadership, Motivation

Keeping employees loyal to your company is becoming increasingly difficult.  No longer are people staying with the same company for 40+ years until they retire.  It is commonplace for a person to switch jobs and/or careers a minimum of 5 times over the lifetime of their working years. How can you create a company culture […]

20 Feb 19
THE NEXT RUSH MAGAZINE

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival kicked off  last Friday. 2019’s theme is FEARLESS, a poignant acknowledgment of the way LGBTQIA people across the globe courageously express who they are. Fearless honours the past and those LGBTQIA advocates, activists and individuals who have stood up for who they are and who they want […]

20 Feb 19
Taking the Rod to Topics!!!

I grew up in Louisiana before settling down in Washington state. During my younger years, my granny would always cook things for us that, to this day, filled our souls with good memories. My brothers and I developed our passion for cooking from my dad and my grandparents and to some extent, a lot of […]