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How the City of Albuquerque Grows Entrepreneurial Thinking From the Inside Out

January 25, 2022

  Many cities have worked to attract entrepreneurs over the past decade. Albuquerque, New Mexico, is among them—but in an innovative twist, the fast-growing Southwestern city also worked to foster an entrepreneurial mindset from the inside out.  City leaders aren’t looking for municipal employees to start their own businesses. Instead, they’re following the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative’s definition of entrepreneurship as the self-director pursuit of opportunities to create value for others.  Here’s the story of how…

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Categories: Employee Engagement, Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurial Workforce, How to Think and Act Like an Entrepreneur, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Learning & Development, Workforce Development

The Untapped Potential of Unlikely Entrepreneurs

November 16, 2021

This post was originally published by the Independence Daily Reporter in the November 10th, 2021 issue. Read the text online here, the article is on page 3. What does the future hold for those who do not do well in school? Each year more than a million high school students drop out of high school. That’s nearly 7,000 per day. And in many cases, they do so not because they are incapable but because they…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Partner News, Student Engagement

Tackling Social Injustice Through an Entrepreneurial Mindset

October 27, 2021

  The opportunities and resources for Black entrepreneurs and minority-led startups often presuppose a skill set that people who grew up in poverty don’t have.  “A lot of the circles of support are for middle-class Black people,” explained Pastor Myron Pierce. Pierce serves as the pastor of the Mission Church in North Omaha, Nebraska. “There’s a language you have to speak, systems and structures and culture you need to know about—and that makes it hard…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship Training, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Partner News, Workforce Development

Walking Across the Bridge to High School with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

August 18, 2021

  At Perry Middle School in Perry, Ohio, students’ transition to high school is marked by a unique ceremony: They walk across the bridge between the two buildings to symbolize their advancement from one learning environment to the next.  The district of 1,800 students started implementing entrepreneurship courses at the high school level six years ago. A group of teachers and administrators soon realized that younger students could benefit from a similar program.  “We talked…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

Applying an Entrepreneurial Approach in Our Daily Lives

June 28, 2021

The Ice House program takes its name from an everyday problem facing the residents of Mississippi: summer heat. Today, getting ice is as easy as walking over to the dispenser in our kitchens. In the early 1900s though, customers made frequent trips to their local ice houses to buy ice in 25- or 50-pound blocks. Solving the problem of keeping food cold during sweltering Southern summers didn’t take a degree in rocket science—or much formal…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Mindset, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Summertime Lessons in Early Entrepreneurship

June 23, 2021

  Driving through residential streets at the height of summer, you’ll often see the hallmarks of youth entrepreneurship. These could be a lemonade stand, a lawn mowing crew, a babysitter at a playground.  For tweens and teens looking to earn extra money over the summer, these classic pursuits may not seem like anything special. But all it takes is a little reframing for them to start to realize that they’re engaged in the form of…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Student Engagement, Student Success

What Is Self-Directed Learning (and Why Do We Need It)?

June 16, 2021

  Children are innately curious—sometimes to the point where they overwhelm the adults around them with their constant questions. One can easily imagine that the old expression “Curiosity killed the cat” was first spoken by a parent who was tired of being asked “Why?” for the millionth time by a curious preschooler. This curiosity implies a drive towards self-directed learning. The desire to learn and explore is the driving force behind human development. It manifests…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Learning, Entrepreneurship Education, Human Potential, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset on the Path to Recovery

May 14, 2021

    Judy Raper never saw herself as someone whose entrepreneurial mindset would make an impact on her community. She might have pointed to her younger sister, a CEO, as the mover and shaker in the family.  Then Raper learned a new definition of entrepreneurship as the self-directed pursuit of opportunities to create value for others. She realized that by creating value for others, we empower ourselves. She realized that the Ice House training she…

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Categories: Entrepreneurial Culture, Entrepreneurial Leadership, Human Flourishing, Human Potential, Partner News, Redefining Entrepreneurship

Graduating as an Underdog Can Be a Good Thing

May 11, 2021

  Students earning their college diplomas this year face a sea of uncertainty. While hiring predictions are up from where they were in 2020, they are still not back to pre-pandemic levels. Hands-on internships were (and still are) limited. Job searches and interviews are virtual. It’s enough to make a new college graduate feel like an underdog — and that can be a powerful secret weapon. Over the past 25 years, ELI Founder & CEO, Gary…

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Categories: Human Flourishing, Human Potential