These wonderous, but at the same time worrying times, when money is the life purpose, complication our surroundings, reactivity of people „in“ and negativity something that gets under our skin, are giving us courage to do the unimaginable. Maybe the unimaginable some day becomes possible:
- A simple life
- Responsible people hanging onto kindness and enthusiasm
- Communication without hidden agenda
- Fearless positive attitude
Maybe? Just like before curing something we need diagnosis, before a change we need a decision. To modify behavior, you have to move your mind to success and happiness. To grow and develop as people, we have to stop considering others. We already have. We know how to fight stereotypes and we know all too well that the question of how to do something is considerably less important than the question of why. That's why we do it, because we believe that our actions and efforts shape our lives and that we don't have to wait for some kind of great opportunity or convenience to take small steps with big love. That's why we want and need to take part in developing values without which there is no long term shift.
So with this in mind we started a new project this spring – Crocon Kids Academy. For now it is an ideology and a way of living and thinking, but in the future we hope it becomes an actual academy, with a mission to mold our youngest, freest, unpolluted minds and to motivate them with life values according to the four principles Crocon itself lives by: POSITIVITY, SIMPLICITY, GOOD COMMUNICATION and PROACTIVITY. As children's mentors, should we dare to call ourselves that, and as people with more than twenty years of experience on the front lines of a world-wide business, we gave the kids from the Happy ThinGS Academy Rijeka acting school, as well as kids from elementary school Srdoči and Scuola Elementare San Nicolo, their first Crocon Kids Academy task: to try and draw exactly that SIMPLICITY, POSITIVITY and GOOD COMMUNICATION.
The good news is that our project has in it a good dose of realism, that we realized that in this world of scary changes, distorted values, useless information and moral decline it isn't easy to even explain to children these terms or for kids to understand them, but still with a lot of patience and will power and with great help and support from teachers and mentors, we asked of them to think, to ask… Great questions always open doors, lead to changes, so if we should succeed the smallest bit in our intentions, this project is on the right path to one day turning the unthinkable into possible.
There is a beautiful quote from Bertrand Russell, that says:
„When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them seriously when they are little, giving them responsibilities, talking to them candidly, providing privacy and solitude for them, and making them readers and thinkers of significant thoughts from the beginning. That's if you want to teach them to think.“
We believe that this is the first secret to change, to start from the youngest, develop in them a balance between self-confidence and self-consciousness, teach them that simplicity is the key to everything, that a person who can clearly say who and what they are and what they believe in, can communicate their ideas the best. We want them to understand that more than any financial incentive, the key to success is living your inspiration, working with heart and soul, and this is the only thing that makes sense long term. We want to teach them positivity, the good energy that radiates from you, that finds the best in others and makes the world a much, much better place. We want to familiarize them with the term „proactivity“, one that means more than taking initiative, one that means taking responsibility for one's actions and behavior. We want to nudge them in the direction of good communication with their surroundings, get them used to active listening, concrete speaking and in that way respecting themselves and others. We want to praise to them words like: THANK YOU and PLEASE…
Of course, it's easy to talk about great performances. The hard part is living them. But one has to start somewhere, take action and work with children, while it's not too late. We don't want to take a risk and let the senseless market ruin some of our best minds. We don't want the kids to so easily accept what is unnatural for natural, abnormal for normal, senseless for sensible…
That's why we have taken off on a new journey and our little associates earned a degree and got awarded for their ideas with gifts from our positivity and simplicity pallet, looking forward even more to our next project!
In return we got awarded with children's ideas and drawings which we are now sharing with you.
And we leave you with words from a dear little girl: „Please turn on the light so I can see the dark!“ Beautifuly said.