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An Innovation Academy for Kid Entrepreneurs

India is awash in kid entrepreneurs. Help them succeed better using the IDEO HCD toolkit or the Stanford d.school Design Thinking Workshop as a foundational curriculum. Connect them to each other with the internet and used smart-phones. Let them teach other kids by organizing their own TEDx conference.

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India is awash in kid entrepreneurs. Let's help them succeed better using the IDEO HCD toolkit as a foundational curriculum:
http://www.ideo.com/work/item/human-centered-design-toolkit/



Another great design thinking resource for kids is the d.school K-12 Lab at Stanford:
https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/k12/wiki/ae1bc/6_Session_Design_Thinking_Workshop.html



The IDEO HCD toolkit or the d.school Design Thinking Workshop could be the core curriculum of local "innovation academies" for kid entrepreneurs. By following the HCD process, who knows what solutions to pressing problems the kids might come up with!


They could be connected to each other with hole-in-the-wall internet and used smart-phones. They could teach other kids by organizing their own local TEDx conferences.








Who would implement this?

  • A big company
  • A local entrepreneur or small organization
  • A globally-based social entrepreneur
  • NGOs and Foundations
  • I would!

Cost

IDEO has already produced and generously released the HCD Toolkit to foster emergent, grassroots innovation. The d.school K-12 Lab at Stanford also has excellent materials for teaching design thinking to kids. The kids would be co-partners in running workshops at the innovation academy.

Distribution & Delivery

Ask school kids to volunteer for design thinking workshops at the innovation academy. Let them go out and find kid entrepreneurs in the field to partner with for effective, real-world innovation to emerge.

Adoption

Word of mouth recruitment, localized comic book describing the design thinking process and its benefits

Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?

  • English language learning (speaking, reading, writing)
  • Math learning
  • Libraries
  • Tech literacy
  • Professional development

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Thanks Leticia - People like Javier are exactly what I'm talking about!

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