This July I spent a week with my kids and the kids of a Kuwaiti friend at our Biz4Kids.io summer camp. The camp was a chance to advance our comic book to teach kids business in a fun way. Check out some of the pictures of our mini-sprints with the kids and our visual team.
Though it was summer vacation and I got the kids to work 4-5 hours a day for an entire week, they didn’t complain a single time. Wow! The kids were actually eager to advance on the comic book that we successfully funded in a Kickstarter campaign.
The reason I started this with my kids was simple: I wanted them to learn about business through a real-world entrepreneurial project and I burned to spend quality time with them during the summer by working together on a meaningful creative project. I believe everybody should undertake this type of creative project with their kids. It’s unbelievably rewarding and a great learning experience for the parents and the kids.
Our process was straightforward:
1) Brainstorm. The kids brainstormed a story for the comic book with sticky notes. We gave them some constraints and included some guidelines.
2) First Refinement: Then Holger and I refined the story a little and we added some business goals.
3) First Feedback: We played the story back to the kids to get input and learn what they liked and what they didn’t.
4) First Comic Panels: In a next step, Beni and Lukas, from Holger’s team put together some comic panels.
5) Second Feedback: We shared back the story to the kids. Once by letting them read the comic panel prototype to then collect their story & visual critique. Once by giving them the panels and letting them craft the text bubbles and conversations.
6) Public Feedback: In a last step we posted the first story online to share with the people who funded the Kickstarter as co-creators.
It was incredibly enriching to collaborate with the kids and discover their creativity. I can’t wait to put this comic in front of kids, parents, and teachers around the world and make a little difference in business education.