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Experience Edu

A flexible social entrepreneur program creating an experiential learning opportunity for young adults that helps empower local non-profits.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine higher education to support the needs of tomorrow?

Experience Edu rethinks the idea of studying abroad by studying one’s community. It provides the freedom to choose a problem “you” are interested in. You Discover your Problem, Plan your Project, and Pursue a Year of Service helping address an actual social issue that matters to you. Experience Edu helps prepare people to be good citizens by supporting the development of resources for underprivileged communities and supporting the investigation of social problems. We develop future leaders to kn

This idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm
  • An OpenIDEO outpost or chapter

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

We need insights on instructional design and an approach for making a sustainable model that supports the cost of maintaining the program. We also need help to develop the "module-like" aspects of the program in a way that vary according to different challenges and lead to clear learning outcomes in a consistent way.

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

We'll recruit a cohort of 5 students to join an experimental program, coordinating with the institutions to share the findings and pursuing willing departments to help us achieve similar outcomes through the projects. Through interviews and planning sessions with students, we'll design a project that builds a project around a student-identified challenge and collect data about their experience along the way. We'll use local partnerships to bring evaluation to it's success & failures.

Tell us about your work experience:

Our group was mixed with educators, designers, technologists, and community planners. The openIDEO Seattle Outpost is run by Mathias Burton, whose decade-long design career has included large companies, non-profit organizations, and startups. He recently launched his own nonprofit Local Brainstorm to bring human centered design in local government initiatives.


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I don't think you should hesitate to charge the students/volunteers as long as you're providing career coaching.

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