The End

I am so relieved to say I am done with this class! I have taken my final exam and just finished the book review quiz. Now I am just waiting for my final grades to be put in and then I will be able to relax a little more. Cant wait for summer break!

2 Best Posts

The first post I have picked as my best is my post “Scarcity”. I really feel like I covered all my bases on this post. It is full of details and info. I just liked writing it to… The next post I have picked and would like graded is my “Inequality” one. This was definitely one of my longest posts I have had. It also was more thought out than all the rest. It was an interesting topic to cover.

Self Reflection

This semester I feel like I have changed a lot. Not just in an educational realm but all around. I have matured a ton and see things very differently. I learned a lot about economics that I didn’t know before. However I wish I could have gotten more out of it. My work ethic has increased a ton lately. My perspective about college has also changed for the better. I am excited to see wha my future has to come. Good luck everyone

Course Feedback

This course wasn’t my favorite. I think it need a lot more work and structure. I am not 100% it has potential. I wouldn’t repeat it. I liked the online aspect and the freedom but I didn’t enjoy the blogging. I would change the Blogging aspect for sure. I was frustrated with the late posts for each unit because I like to know stuff way ahead of time.

The Goal

Money isn’t the source of all happiness. Money however does help stress to be relieved when you don’t have to worry about paying your bills, but just having tons of money does not truly make you happy. Plenty of free things can make you the happiest person alive. If the goal of having more stuff than everyone changes I will be super happy and I think more  people will be too. Being pressured to have the most stuff changes a person, they become resentful and it is not healthy.

Genetic Engineering

To me I don’t see genetic engineering playing a big role for atlas the next 30 years. I have not heard of any new magnificent finds in that division. But I believe that when they do find the technology for that it will lengthen our lives by at least ten years. I think we will be able to support longer lives the same way we support our lives right now. For most people they will hit 100 and will be just like anyone who is 100 right now, its not much different. It would be worth living longer, I mean who doesn’t want that chance? Monsanto may control all of the agricultural seed supply because of their patents or or by the time the info emerges they may not have these patents any longer, who knows!

Global Warming

I feel like global warming will happen, just not in our lifetime. The forecasts seem pretty accurate and I think that there isn’t a clear answer on how we will have to face the consequences. Hopefully the next generation will come up with some great ideas to help reduce global warming all together but I fear they will not and it is inevitable. If global warming becomes an even bigger issue I think we will see an increase in global friend car dealerships, factories start to take cutting back on pollution way more serious, and more people turning towards solar and wind power to run their everyday activities.

The Aftermath

Writing that book report took tons of time and effort. I thought that I could take my time and write it closer to the due date. BAD CHOICE. I was stressed way more than I should have been. If I was smart I would have gotten it done last week. Good thing its over with now. 🙂 Now to enjoy my Sunday night!

Book Review: How to Change the World

I book I decided to read for this assignment was “How to Change the World“. The author of the book is David Bornstein, an author as well as a journalist who mainly focuses on social innovation. Oxford University Press published this book in 2003 and David Borstein copyrighted it in 2007. To learn more about the publishers go to www.oup.com. The ISBN belonging to this book is 978-0-19-533476-0.

This book describes many stories of social entrepreneurship. For example it tells the stories of a teacher named Gloria de Souza, a nurse named Florence Nightingale, and the story of Bill Drayton. It also gives detailed information to the qualities that people who are social entrepreneurs posses but that aren’t required to be one. This book explains the values and practices of successful organizations and entrepreneurs. “How to Change the World” creates an insight of how people’s view are completely different but diversity is good when it is for a cause you believe in. Bernstein writes about how one little spark can turn an idea into a reality. He tells about all of the hardships all of these people had to overcome that made them stronger and more passionate about their ventures. 

One of Borstein’s main points is that anyone no matter what kind of background, education, and amount of economic opportunity someone has they can still achieve their goals if they are inspired enough. One example of this is an elementary teacher from India named Gloria de Souza. She was a teacher at a small grade school who wanted to change the way the kids were taught. De Souza believed that students should be taught with real life, local materials. She took her students on field trips around the city and showed them physical objects of the curriculum they had. By giving them visuals of the projects her students tested in the higher ranges of the school. Gloria tried to spread this way of teaching to her fellow colleagues yet all of them turned her down many times saying “It wasn’t right for them right now”. Yet she never gave up hope nor did her passion for this way of teaching ever quiver. After years of proposing her teaching style the other teachers finally gave in and they noticed an increase in test scores and learning progress. In a few years this small idea turned into a massive educational change. Soon after, de Souza’s Environmental Education became the standard curriculum in all Indian schools.

The second main point is that the author is trying to prove is that the biggest difference between average and highly successful entrepreneurs is the amount of motivation they possess. Bornstein explains that there is six qualities that help make the entrepreneurs successful. The first is the willingness to correct themselves, he says that without having high levels of motivation they would not be able to tell themselves the way they chose is not working and that they need to start over. The second quality is being willing to share the credit they receive. The author’s opinion is that if the person is motivated enough to focus on making the change they won’t care who gets what credit, as long as the change occurs. Also, successful entrepreneurs are willing to break the established structures. They need high motivation to integrate changes into their lesson plans even if they face opposition. The next one is having a willingness to challenge disciplinary boundaries. These people need to create new ways to bring others ideas, skills and resources together in different ways than socially acceptable. Another quality is working quietly for your change, meaning that it could take years to be recognized after the fact and they just have to be motivated enough to just keep pushing through. Lastly, they need to have a strong ethical strength to create the movement. This takes the most motivation because the entrepreneur doesn’t always have a clear way to start their project but they just have to push through to get it going.

Bornstein I think had insights of many of the particular topics that we studied this semester. Most of them fall into the topic of standards of living, including but not limited to: electricity for the poor, education, and cutting back on factory pollution (of course there were more but these really stood out to me as big in this topic). The author also lightly touched on healthcare as well as intergenerational issues such as discrimination of african americans. Bornstein told the story of Florence Nightingale, a women who grew up in a rich and prestige family who looked down on nursing as a profession. Nightingale’s father would not allow her to become a nurse until after the many years of her passionately bugging him to let her train. Finally he permitted her to go to training school to be a nurse, after that she accepted an administration position for a hospital where she was well recognized. During the British war one of her friends wrote to her asking if she could round up some nurses to come help take care of the British soldiers wounded in battle. The rest of the story i’ll leave for you to read! The author helped me understand some of these topics more by demonstrating that it takes tons of time, huge effort, and a strong commitment to make the change.

I didn’t really know what a social entrepreneur was until I read this book. I learned that they have to pretty much dedicate their whole lives to making a change. I also thought they the person had to have money to fund the change in order for it to happen. I also found out that there are businesses like Ashoka that go out in search for the next upcoming entrepreneur and that they pay the person to be part of there huge company to change the world.

I wish that the other would have like almost have provided after the story details. Like where these people were five or ten years later. I feel like that would have added a lot more to the big picture. What if these people were not successful? Did they have to change anything about their approach to change? Were they successful, but still have to keep changing along the way? To me it would have made the story a lot better.

This book has taught me that there are social entrepreneurs everywhere around me in the world. I had no clue that so many people did this kind of stuff. It has changed my mind set to if i want to make a change I need to fully jump into it, I can’t just half believe in something. It blows my mind that people can take the smallest idea/want and turn it into a huge, worldwide change, thats just crazy! To all of my classmates, if I can leave you one thing it is; If you feel the need for a change, go after it no matter who says you can’t!

 

 

Let me gooo

I was looking for a cute economic video on youtube and i came across this one. I am a big fan of the movie Frozen so it caught my eye right away! I sat down and listened to it and it was pretty cute. I love to see little kids excited about learning! I can’t even imagine how much work went into this video.. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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