Monday, June 22, 2020

Startup advice from 1st Christian:

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Socrates Cafes for YOU?

Socrates Café for Older Adults: Intergenerational Connectedness Through Facilitated Conversation

Christine Sorrell Dinkins, PhD


Opportunities for social connectedness are important for older adults' psychosocial well-being. Social connections through intergenerational engagement provide older adults benefits such as increased generativity, improved cognitive functioning, and a greater sense of self-worth. The facilitated discussion known as Socrates Café is ideally suited for bridging generation gaps and inviting self-expression. Socrates Cafés provide an alternative to more traditional social programming by promoting communal inquiry and substantive reflection on questions of value and meaning. In a study of an intergenerational Socrates Café with college students and low-income older adults, findings indicated reduced ageism and stereotyping from students, the formation of relationships between students and older adults, and a recognition from older adults that they had valuable insights to share with younger generations. Health professionals wishing to improve psychosocial health for older adults may consider setting up an intergenerational Socrates Café. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57(1), 11–15.]

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Five years out, one day at a time.

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Pop and every successful business owner I've ever known have big, big dreams and absolutely no written plan except what they may be forced to write for one reason or another.

After we sold Western Merchants to NMS Industries Pop went to a meeting of all the owner CEOs that NMS had bought to learn about the 5 year plans NMS was requiring them all to write.

As they walked out for lunch the owner CEO who had sat next to dad whispered to him, "they want me to tell them what's going to happen in 5 years? I hate to tell them this, but I have no idea what is going to happen next week!"

My dream for 5 years out? A healthy small group in every neighborhood, doing a plan for the day each morning.

Happy Father's Day Pop.

Part of why we were able to
sell for cash in the fall of 1969.

2305 S. Jackson. Mom often said
she wished we had never moved.

 40 years ago was the first Father's Day after the much too soon early death of Pop  Nov 15, 1979, when he was 55 years old.

The family Pop built.
Mamaw, Mom, and Pop.

For more about Pop see

Mom and Pop

John E. Wren, the reason Pop was called Junior, which he told
me he hated and that was the reason my middle name is Scott.

My son when he was about 8, the same age
as Pop when he lost his father, and John and
Meagan's then newborn daughter C.J. 

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Startups Try Harder.

I wrote this as a staff member of the' 65 Denver Thomas Jefferson High School yearbook, 5 years before Robert Townsend wrote the best selling "Up the Organization" about learning in 2nd place. "We try harder" is how CEO Townsend put it in the headlines of the ads for his #2 Avis (Hertz was #1 in market share.)

But throws fall short,
And scores come too late,
All teams can't finish first.
Learning is second place.

From TJ Yearbook, thanks

For more about my thinking about startup see my "Daring Mighty Things." 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Wikipedia Article: "Entrepreneurship."

Have you read the Wikipedia article "Entrepreneurship"?

It's a real mess. If there are now 6,000 professors of entrepreneurship across the US now, as Carl Schramm claims in his book "Burn the Business Plan," why hasn't something been done about this? What other industry is so poorly described on Wikipedia?

Here are the references for the statements, most statements, on the Wikipedia article. Which should be purged for one reason or another? What's missing? I'd be very, very interested in your thoughts on this. Thanks!

Entrepreneurship. doi:10.4135/9781446263433 ( 10.4135%2F9781446263433). ISBN 9781412934374. Baassiri, Raméz (2018). Interrupted Entrepreneurship: Embracing Change In The Further reading 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 106/111 Family Business. Forbes. ISBN 9781946633361. Bowman, Erik (July 2011). Entrepreneur Training Manual, Third Edition: Certified Entrepreneur Workbook. Guanzi Institute Press. ISBN 978-0-9837862-9-0. Bruder, Jessica (September 2013). "The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship." (htt ps:// ruder/psychological-price-of-entrepreneurship.html) Inc. (Winner 2014 Annual Awards Contest of the Deadline Club) Dana, Leo Paul (2010). "Nunavik, Arctic Quebec: Where Co-operatives Supplement Entrepreneurship". Global Business and Economics Review. 12 (1/2): 42–71. doi:10.1504/gber.2010.032317 (https://doi.or g/10.1504%2Fgber.2010.032317). Duening, Thomas N.; Hisrich, Robert A.; Lechter, Michael A. (21 October 2009). 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 107/111 Technology Entrepreneurship: Creating, Capturing, and Protecting Value. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0-08-092288-1. Foo, M.D. (2011). "Emotions and entrepreneurial opportunity evaluation". Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. 35 (2): 375–393. doi:10.1111/j.1540- 6520.2009.00357.x ( 2Fj.1540-6520.2009.00357.x). Folsom Jr., Burton W. The Myth of the Robber Barons (4th ed. 2003) James W. Halloran. (2014). Your Small Business Adventure: Finding Your Niche and Growing a Successful Business. ALA/Huron Street Press. ISBN 978-1-937589-44-8. Leitão, João; Baptista, Rui (10 June 2009). Public Policies for Fostering Entrepreneurship: A European Perspective. Springer Science Business Media. ISBN 978-1-4419-0249-8. 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 108/111 Lowe, Robin; Sue Marriott (June 2006). Enterprise: Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Concepts, Contexts and Commercialization. Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN 978- 0750669207. Lundstrom, Anders; Stevenson, Lois A. (30 March 2005). Entrepreneurship Policy: Theory and Practice. Springer. ISBN 978-0-387- 24140-1. McCormick, Blaine; Folsom, Burton W. (2003). "A survey of business historians on America's greatest entrepreneurs". Business History Review. 77 (4): 703–716. doi:10.2307/30041235 ( 7%2F30041235). JSTOR 30041235 (https://w Minniti, M.; Moren, L. (2010). "Entrepreneurial types and economic growth" (http://econpap a2010_3ai_3a3_3ap_3a305-314.htm). Journal 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 109/111 of Business Venturing. 25 (3): 305–314. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.10.002 (https://d Rea, Christopher; Volland, Nicolai (2015). The Business of Culture: Cultural Entrepreneurs in China and Southeast Asia, 1900-65. UBC Press. ISBN 9780774827829. Shane, S.; Venkataraman, S. (2000). "The Promise of Entrepreneurship as A Field of Research". Academy of Management Review. 25 (1): 217–226. doi:10.5465/amr.2000.2791611 (https://doi.or g/10.5465%2Famr.2000.2791611). JSTOR 259271 ( 59271). Shane, S. (2013). "The genetics of entrepreneurial performance". International Small Business Journal. 31 (5): 473–495. doi:10.1177/0266242613485767 (https://doi. org/10.1177%2F0266242613485767). 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 110/111 Thompson Heames, Joyce; Breland, Jacob W. (2010). "Management pioneer contributors: 30-year review" ( gement_pioneer.pdf) (PDF). Journal of Management History. 16 (4): 427–436. doi:10.1108/17511341011073915 (https://doi. org/10.1108%2F17511341011073915). Whaples, Robert. "Economic history and entrepreneurship." in The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History (Routledge, 2013). 84–94. Zahra, Shaker A. (2009). "A typology of social entrepreneurs: Motives, search processes and ethical challenges". Journal of Business Venturing. 24 (5): 519–532. doi:10.1016/j.jbusvent.2008.04.007 (https://d 6/1/2020 Entrepreneurship - Wikipedia 111/111 Zhang, S.X.; Cueto, J. (2015). "The Study of Bias in Entrepreneurship" (https://www.researc Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice.