You know, like the pioneers, settlers, and those dreaded old fashioned pilgrims who arrived at Plymouth Rock… Remember them? American innovation, creativity the American Way. We don’t have to revert to no plumbing, no electricity, or no transportation methods, to afford good old American ingenuity. So why don’t we toss in some creative thinking, solution-minded innovation now?
We’ve been caught up in these patterns of destruction for far too long, and it isn’t possible for this many people, who have access to so much to ALL be *stuck* at the same time. How about a brainstorm?
Creativity the American Way
Steve House posted on Facebook:
It’s been a week since the organizational meeting in which Jeff Hays was elected and I was no longer the State Party Chairman. I traveled some this week and got to talk to Republicans and Democrats from Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. Coming home tonight I wanted to capture the simple thoughts that were shared because I think they are relatively common across those states and maybe the US as a whole.
While everyone wanted to see problems solved such as the affordable care act and transportation as well as job creation and higher pay; most felt like something was missing. After discussion we came to the conclusion that we need to see more curiosity more exploration more creativity in America. I think 2018 is going to be an election about new ideas, new methods and new solutions. Over the next 18 months I’m going to find new ideas and potential solutions to some of our problems to satisfy my own curiosity and continue to grow. If you want to share in this process or journey let me know.
We just had an election with enormous consequences.
The bedrock of the American population spoke loud and clear that we’re sick to death of status quo, we want innovation, we want creative thinking, and we demand change that will bring back American Values.
American Values and Solutions
The people of this great nation have spoken, and they know they have a voice. They will not be silenced again. They will become louder and louder, above the roar of Hollywood, you will hear them, as they send out their message.
They’re doing it right now. The message they’re sending out is loud and clear.
We can’t count on the noise, we have to solve the problem. We the people, as it says in the constitution, just like in the days of pilgrims and pioneers, will have to think creatively outside the proverbial box, and come up with solutions. We can do this.
Yes. We can do this. We can bring life back into our working world, with people who come up with solutions that matter, answers that make a difference, and ideas that make America Great Again, because that’s what American’s do. We solve problems.
Get Off Your Couches
There are several keen ideas floating around on that discussion. Not the least of which includes getting teenagers and young adults off the couch into working groups serving their communities through entrepreneurial ventures and independent organizations that don’t rely on government subsidies and support. Below, I’ve listed a few of the many suggestions.
Dana Susan Beasley recommends:
Entrepreneurialism needs to be encouraged! That is my personal and professional endeavor as a curriculum author and entrepreneurial specialist.
Greg Goettsch says:
We need to tap the private sector for solutions. Protecting the public employees has not worked for 50 years…..
Casper Stockham offers:
That’s a great idea that’s why we started Project Purpose we are changing America one family at a time teaching them what it means to be an American. Www.projectpurposeco.org
Pull the neighbors together and brainstorm solutions for any unemployed folks in your neighborhood. Help them find jobs, or help them create a service that helps the community where they can be paid for what they do.
Ideas and Suggestions for Neighborhood Entrepreneurs
- Do you know someone with a big yard who is an incredible gardener? How about offering to help buy seeds and pay for water, then help sell produce that isn’t purchased by neighbors.
- A local geek who has specific computer expertise, might help older folks in the neighborhood with bill paying, or emailing pictures to loved ones?
- Need a resume? Almost anyone can typeset a resume using today’s applications. Bring together a few professionals in the community to review them, and help young adults become employable (start by teaching them how to pull up their pants).
- Yard care? Perhaps you know a young adult who needs work, and you have a lawn mower? Help them find neighborhood lawns to mow and charge for the use of your mower. He gets paid, and pays you a nominal fee for the mower until he can purchase his own.
- A driveway mechanic might teach a neighbor kid how to check fluids and tires, or change light bulbs for neighbors. Pass around a flyer – and be sure to help him find a place to recycle oil and other fluids.
- Babysitters during summer are a premium need for working parents. Perhaps teens in your neighborhood could start a babysitting co-op where they provide both references and backup in case they can’t show up for whatever reason?
- Outsourcing services? Look for a neighbor who might provide the services you need for your business?
American Innovation – Mastermind Groups
You don’t have to do this alone. Find groups of people in your neighborhood who want better jobs, more money, income on the side, a small business, or even just someone who wants to help others. Build a Mastermind Group, or a Round Table over coffee on Saturday morning and share ideas. Be innovative Americans and show each other support. Come together in small groups to fund local ventures, or to find ways to support a neighbor in need.
Perhaps once every two or three months you could even have a neighborhood event where you help a neighbor with a project?
Recently, after her husband died unexpectedly, churches in our community helped a young widow complete the deck her husband had been rebuilding, so she could sell her home.
An elderly gentleman had struggled to get in and out of his home, until his neighbor brought together some friends to build a ramp that ran from the street up to his front door.
A young boy’s father passed away shortly before his Eagle project was to be completed. Three neighbors got together with the boy scout leaders to help him complete his project. Without their help, he wouldn’t have been able to complete his Eagle project.
An elderly woman gathered cans on her walk to help make ends meet in a rural community, but when she lost her driver’s license, the neighbors took turns driving her to the recycle place. Within a few months, neighbors were not only driving her to the recycle place, but many of them were saving their cans to help her meet the increasing costs of living.
A broken faucet in January isn’t a huge problem for most of us, we call a plumber. But with Jack in the middle of cancer treatments and his wife dealing with the increased costs of caring and providing for a family without his income, they didn’t have the money to call a plumber. A plumber was called and neighbors picked up the tab.
There are many ways to meet the needs of people in our neighborhoods. We need to start finding those methods without leaning on government to cover the cost.
Innovation is an American concept that needs to return to our lives. Mastermind groups used to meet every morning at the local coffee shop. Isn’t it time to re-ignite those groups, and start solving our problems locally again?
If you’re reading this blog, have an email account, and spend any time at all on social media, you already have enough skills to run a basic online business… You just need some inspiration, maybe advice, and perhaps a mentor. Let’s talk over coffee?