I had the chance to team up with the global NGO Junior Achievement and two of its sponsors, SAP China and Burberry to design a “Creative Confidence”course for Chinese students that will be taught by business volunteers. The intention is to empower students to dare to follow their passion and believe in their creative abilities.
In an intense train the trainers in Shanghai, we prepared the first batch of volunteers to be ready to teach the session. China is fascinating and being in Shanghai like taking a glance into the future. Here are a few (somewhat random) things that I learned:
– Chinese students do what they’re told to do but ask few questions.
– Shanghai folks love ice Haegen Dasz ice cream.
– Chinese students like giving and receiving feedback.
– Cold drinks supposedly harm women’s fertility.
– Apparently young Shanghainese men are getting into home cooking.
– In China, trains go up to 360km/h.
– When you’ve had a baby, traditional Chinese medicine suggests that you don’t wash your hair for 30 days.
– Leaving voice messages is the new phone calling.
– While Google services and Facebook are blocked, you can spend your time downloading practically any movie for free in China.
– Soup for breakfast is a good idea.
– Shanghai folks love making deals with electronic coupons.
– The Uniform Invoice Lottery is one of the most fascinating financial innovations I’ve ever heard of. By turning receipts into lottery coupons, small businesses are forced by their own customers to pay taxes. A very clever positive incentive.
(HPI Academy / Junior Achievement China / SAP / Burberry)