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Teaching our kids to be leaders, contributors and global citizens can start with a lemonade stand or a bake sale.
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Yes it can and what a great place to start.
 
That can also start with any number of activities that do not demand selling something to someone else as a guage of success. Leaders and global citizens do not have to be in profit-making and marketing  in order to be leaders and global citizens. Teach kids how to work with other people, not how to sell to them.
 
Elaine, totally agree. Its not about selling to them, but giving them to tools, experiences, connections, space, etc. to shape their vision for the future and world they want to live in and giving them the agency to be the change, whether that is organizing their friends, connecting with other leaders, or running a lemonade stand to raise money for a cause they believe in.
 
Yes. but why make them raise money? Why not organize friends, work together, to do something else, like helping a neighborhood with projects? Cleaning up a beach, planting trees, helping with a local public garden, helping with an annual bird count? Why is the only way to learn those things--which we all need in all categories of our lives not just "work"--necessarily obeying the for-profit business model? That's the point I'm trying to make.
 
Why restrict them at all? Why not let them do all of the above?
 
The initial post I responded to said to start with a lemonade stand or a bake sale. Teaching kids to think in terms of profit and marketing, and to see people as potential customers is teaching restricted relationships. Better to teach them how to manage money and what accrued interest is first. ;-) 
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