Originally published at Ricochet.com

As part of my effort to get more people enrolled in the idea of liberty, I teach a weekly entrepreneurship class to a small group of girls.

My goal in doing so is two fold. The first is immediate. I get to impact and inspire a group of young women – who in turn will perhaps inspire others. I get to live by my principles, practice what I preach – and generally feel accomplished, because I recognize that I am happiest when in action.

The second is long term. I am looking to develop a curriculum using entrepreneurship as a vehicle that teaches free market principles to young kids. Through classroom exercises and Socratic exchanges, I want to shift learning from obedient factory worker training mode to free thinking, liberty minded youth that think outside the retirement plan.

In one exercise, we explored the concept of trade. We split the students into small groups. We gave each group different types of candy, and asked them to trade based on their preferences. The idea to reinforce in this exercise is that all trade is governed by choice. We soon discovered that some candy types were more traded than others. We had created value in the markets. Then, we worked on imposing regulations. We discussed the positive and negative effects of regulations. We added taxes, then played with the idea of price fixing.

In another exercise, we explored vision. We asked each of the students to close their eyes and envision themselves as successful business women. We asked them to write down details such as their homes, pets, breakfast, commute, office space, attire, co-workers, projects, interactions etc., etc. The purpose of this exercise is to discover each student’s version of success. Did they choose family? Did they choose business partners? Were they dressed casual or business? Fancy car? Are they interacting with people or machines? The idea is self discovery.

We examined the concept of the law of diminishing returns. We hired one person to transport widgets (candy – candy always seem to motivate the class) from one table to another and recorded the time taken. We kept adding people and recording the time till we got to a point where more people started slowing down the progress.

We asked each of the student to write down their “elevator pitch” for their business idea. We got them into teams of two, and convince their partner in 2 minutes to fund their venture. We had them repeat the pitch several times with different partners. Over time, the pitch became more concise, and each student got valuable feedback on what motivated people and what did not. Ideas are a dime a dozen; visions, on the other hand are personal and committed, and are able to sway people.

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So, why am I sharing all this?

What I am looking for is more hands on lessons that teach kids about entrepreneurship. What would your lesson be, if you were to present a class like this? My lessons vary from touchy- feely to nerdy, but always seem to get the message across. What would you add? What would you subtract?

I am looking for your ideas, Liberty.me. Help me out.