The Baltimore Bauhaus School of Industrial Design would teach business skills, hand skills and mental skills so students could create and produce new ideas, products and services.
Students would walk out of school able to:
- Start their own business.
- Go to business school and have at least a two year's head-start.
- Take their valuable job skills and experience, get a job and have a mile-high-view of that job such that they know what the person next to them is doing and why, and they can see options for themselves within that business and be able to contribute to the overall success of that business.
- Be resilient in the face of whatever life throws at them.
I envision this school going into business with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, rehabbing houses in inner-city Baltimore to:
- Reinforce students' growing business skills
- Reinforce students' growing hand skills
- Eliminate homelessness for families with school-age children
The result of project would be a Baltimore rebuilding itself from the inside-out. Students would see their hard work and knowledge transform their community. The students would realize their resilience, their capacity to handle minor problems by picking up a hammer and a nail. On a bigger scale, natural disasters could be faced by everyone pitching in to help, instead of waiting to be helped. This school would create an ecology of empowerment in Baltimore, supporting Baltimore Council President Jack Young's commitment that "Baltimore will rise again."
Possible team members:
- Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS)
- Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) — to provide addition training
- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) — to provide expertise in working with disadvantaged kids and funding sources
- Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh
- Baltimore City Council President Jack Young
- Port Covington LLC CEO Kevin Plank and The Foundary
- Johns Hopkins Carey School of Business Dean Dr. Bernard (Bernie) T. Ferrari
- Living Classrooms CEO James Bond
- Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake Chief Executive Officer Mike Posko
- Liberty Bank CEO Alden McDonald
- Pastor Dr. Donté L. Hickman, Sr., Southern Baptist Church, Baltimore
- Unions, including construction, plumbing, and electrical
- Developers who believe in reuse, such as Terra Nova Ventures CEO David Tufaro
- Craftsmen, such as Guttierez Studios, J. Krug & Sons, Thomas Brown Woodwright
- Marketers and web design firms, such as R2Integrated CEO Matt Goddard