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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Ringbeller: Teaching Kids Creativity & Kindness


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Hi, I’m CJ. I’m an author, media producer, and dad. For the past few years, I’ve been noticing a problem:

  • By 2020, jobs that once seemed like safe bets (office workers, admin, and manufacturing) will be hard to find, while skills like collaboration, caregiving, and social intelligence will grow in demand.
  • According to The Washington Post, Google employees (and by implication other top tech companies) need soft skills (such as empathy, creativity, and emotional acumen) in order to be successful. These are the skills the next generation will need to develop in order to compete in the modern workplace.

And yet…

  • 92% of students aren’t being prepared for this kind of environment after they graduate.
  • 80% of U.S. school districts have had their Arts & Humanities funds cut since 2008.
  • 25% students report being bullied.

That’s why I decided to create Ringbeller: fun, interactive lessons classrooms can use to teach kids just what can happen when you use your imagination to make a difference.

How Ringbeller Works

  1. Watch an Interview: Each lesson gives kids access to a remarkable leader using their imagination to make a difference. Sample guests (folks I’ve interviewed in the past) include New York Times Bestselling authors like Brad Montague and Krista Tippet; Shakespeare in Detroit Founder, Samantha White; Grammy Award Winner Jon Foreman of Switchfoot; Cellist, Okorie Johnson; and Charity:Water founder, Scott Harrison.
  2. Talk about It: Next, discussion questions pop up on screen helping kids connect the dots to their own creative potential.
  3. Make Stuff Happen: Finally, another video walks kids through a collaborative exercise that transforms imagination into action.

We have the opportunity to pilot our initial lesson series for 3rd & 4th graders in multiple schools next year in California, Tennessee, and the New York City area. We are raising $10K to help with production of the videos with some additional stretch goals.

As of November 12th, this project has raised $3,000 of their $10,000 goal. This project has 30 days left to raise the $10,000 or it will not be funded. For a pledge of $10, you will get a digital wallpaper pack.  For a pledge of $75, you will get one coffee mug.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ringbeller-teaching-kids-creativity-kindness#/

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