I-CAMP is a non-profit that focuses on education reform and tech diversity by teaching children computer programming, machine learning, robotics, chess, farming, and about having a creative mindset. I-CAMP stands for Intrinsic, Community, Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose, which are fundamental elements for building health and wealth.
It is important that we teach our children that we are all capable of doing work that matters and that our call is to step beyond our limits into an new understanding of what it means to be human.
Most of us believe that the best way to motivate ourselves and others is with external rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, Daniel H. Pink says in, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, his provocative and persuasive new book. The secret to high performance and satisfaction—at work, at school, and at home—is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.
[Y]ou [cannot] understand why someone [is] healthy [or wealthy] if all you [do is] think about their individual choices or actions in isolation. You [have] to look beyond the individual. You [have] to understand what culture they were a part of, and who their friends and families were, and what town… their family came from. You [have] to appreciate the idea that community — the values of the world we inhabit and the people we surround ourselves with — has a profound effect on who we are. ~ Malcolm Gladwell
When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery— the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. ~ Daniel Pink
I-CAMP will help host the Women’s Government Contracting Forum that will take place on May 16th, 2pm at Larchmont Public Library. This forum will focus on proving healthy food to local school districts. As a follow-up, we are organizing a group to attend the June 13th and 14th From the Ground Up! Workshops. These workshops are given by Will Allen‘s Growing Power organization.
One long-term goal is to build a vertical farm based on the Growing Power design. As a financing model we are studying Aerofarms which announce a $30 million project in Newark, NJ using New Market Tax Credits (NMTC).