Why Young People are Becoming Entrepreneurs

August 3rd, 2016   The field of entrepreneurship is becoming more viable and lucrative for young entrepreneurs. In the post-recession economy an increasing number of young working people are striking out on their own, launching startups and small businesses across the country. While entrepreneurial spirit has always run high in independent and energetic young adults, current economic and technological conditions have made these tendencies a reality.  Nearly 67% of employed millennials want to become entrepreneurs. Funding for new startups is at an all time high, with almost 52,000 startups receiving funding from venture capital and angel investors. Over 80% of startup accelerators and incubators disappeared during the recession, but many are coming back in communities nationwide. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, self employed entrepreneurs are now able to get affordable health care. These developments make the idea of becoming an entrepreneur less daunting, and increase the chance of success for new businesses and startups. Technological advances have made the world a smaller, more interconnected place. Social media allows businesses to target a larger audience, and work on a more global scale. As large corporations and conglomerates have lost their ability to innovate, and suffer under tarnished reputations, young entrepreneurs are stepping in with new ideas and technology.   Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin Triskeles Intern   http://www.marketplace.org/2014/04/25/business/young-people-want-ditch-boss-and-strike-out-their-own http://www.inc.com/lisa-abeyta/ready-to-quit-your-day-job-for-your-startup-heres-what-you-should-know.html https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/229973...

Food Sovereignty

June 14th, 2016 Coined at the 1996 World Food Summit by La Via Campesina (The International Peasant’s Movement) ‘Food Sovereignty’ has begun to make it’s way into the vernacular of policy makers and social justice advocates. Based on theories of self sufficiency and a fundamental right to food, the movement aims to give the power of food production and distribution back to the people.     As the migration to cities continues to rise, Urban areas are quickly becoming some of the biggest food deserts in the country. The urban gardening movement is an increasingly common response to this problem. Often constructed in poor areas (which are most at risk for food insecurity) urban gardens put the power of food production into the hands of the community. Converting empty lots not only improves community appearance, but the growing of fruits and vegetables provides healthy and nutritious food at a reasonable price. These gardens nurture a sense of community, pride, and self sufficiency.   Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin Triskeles Intern   http://foodsecurity.uchicago.edu/research/food-sovereignty-2/ https://www.tni.org/files/download/48_clendenning_2013_2.pdf...

Health Benefits of Gardening

June 14th, 2016   While gardeners have always claimed physical and mental rewards from gardening, researchers and doctors are now substantiating these homegrown hypothesis with scientific data. Not only does gardening provide light aerobic activity and improve flexibility and dexterity, it has huge benefits for mental health. Gardening has been found to decrease depression and anxiety, while increasing feelings of accomplishment, self worth, and the will to live. In the burgeoning field of horticultural therapy doctors like Mitchell Hewson are using gardening as an alternative therapy for mental health treatment and addiction recovery. A study from the University of Copenhagen hypothesizes that gardening will prove more beneficial than long term cognitive behavior therapy for mental health. One Dutch study monitored the cortisol (stress hormone) levels in patients who gardened for at least half an hour and found that their levels had dropped drastically. The feelings of independence and self sufficiency gained from planting fruits and vegetables, paired with the chemical and psychological benefits prove gardening to be a valuable and viable tool for recovery and rehabilitation.   Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin Triskeles Intern   http://learn.eartheasy.com/2014/09/6-unexpected-health-benefits-of-gardening/ http://hpq.sagepub.com/content/16/1/3.short http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/05/11/health-benefits-gardening/7971047/...

Young Entrepreneurs

June 9th, 2016 Entrepreneurs are increasingly hailed as today’s rock stars, and people like Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Evan Spiegel have become household names for most millennials. Yet studies have shown the number of young people under 30 who are participating in entrepreneurship are dropping. The business and entrepreneurship experts think that young people make the best and most successful entrepreneurs. Experts explain that young people take the most risks, which is one of the most important parts of starting and running a business. Without the responsibilities of raising a family, or being tied down in a job, young people have the chance to throw themselves into startups. Business leaders want to encourage young people; they want them to know that the sooner you can start a business, the better. An early start up makes the difference between a business venture being fully developed and one put on the backburner for a more “convenient” time. There are thousands of young entrepreneurs who, while not on the scale of industry moguls like Zuckerberg and Musk, are experiencing real success and making the world a better place while they do it. From seven year old Sebastian Martinez’s custom sock line Are you Kidding which has teamed up with the American Cancer Society to raise thousands for cancer research to recent MIT graduates Gabriel Blanchet and Jamie Byron who developed Grove which gives people in cities and colder climates the ability to grow their own fresh food in an indoor, aquaponic garden system, young people are leading the way when it comes to changing the face of business. Annamarie Hufford-Bucklin, Triskeles...

Masking Hunger

June 7th, 2016 Hunger in the U.S. has skyrocketed, increasing five fold since the 1960s, and by nearly sixty percent since the late 1990s. Now defined as “food insecure,” one in seven households in the United States did not have enough food to eat in the last year. What these hungry or food insecure households look like has changed as well. Over half of today’s hungry households are suburban, with at least one adult employed full time, and most are chronically overweight with a high risk of developing type two diabetes. Low wages have forced many full time employees to qualify for SNAP benefits (previously referred to as food stamps), with almost 50 million Americans receiving these benefits monthly. Despite this hike in numbers, federal budget cuts have lowered the average award per meal to under $1.50, creating an increased prevalence and reliance on food banks. The number of food banks in the US has risen from a few hundred in the 1960s, to over 50,000, with half of those served using the food banks on a regular basis. But the problem of hunger in the U.S. today is double edged. It is not only access to food, but what kind of food people can buy and receive from their SNAP benefits and food banks. Since the 1980s, the real price of fruit has risen by 24% while the price of sugary drinks like soda has dropped 27 percent. Since 1995 the government has spent almost twenty billion dollars subsidizing “commodity crops” like corn and soybeans which are used to sweeten and fatten processed food. In that same time,...

PHILADELPHIA UNIVERSITY –

Triskeles staff visited Philadelphia University on Henry Ave in NW Philly today to talk about possible collaborations. Amazing place! Started in the 1800’s by folks connected with the textile industry, it is now a graduate and undergrad university of 3600 students on a beautiful campus near the Wissahickon Park. Zoe McKinley, Director of the Blackstone Launchpad, and her boss, D. R. Widder, VP of Innovation, gave us the $50 tour of the studios, shops, the DEC Center and other buildings. Phila U offers a variety of hands-on degrees incorporating extensive experiential education and industry partnerships. Seems like a very innovative and forward-thinking place! A real eye-opener. Don’t overlook this place!  ...

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