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finance and kickstarters

What if school was projected based? What if you could learn about finance, by having a two week project intensive? What if this project was built on the old and new, like kickstarted campaigns and traditional financing models. Welcome to the project classroom, where students go out into the community, work with organizations and small businesses, to develop a kickstarted video. There are workshops on writing compelling stories, video making, small business development. Whatever the students need to understand how projects are financed, how they can be done so alternatively and how to develop the tools they need to do it themselves for someone who WILL USE THEIR ideas. One side of this the experiential, the other is the motivation of meaning

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1. the role of the teacher is more of a facilitator
2. the key competency in education is network, who can the facilitator bring in to guide students to people to teach them the tools to do the projects
3. this could be a new school design, or a pilot program at an existing high school or college
4. when motivated what can students teach eachother, the organizations they are working with
5. what does this look like when tackling more complex issues like sustainability solutions, probelm solivng in the workplace, solving financial crisis
6. bring professionals in the classroom to teach and to learn
7. learning lunches, eat and discuss ideas, professionals can drop in, meet one on one with students to exchange ideas

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

students get meaning out of school, valuable experience in the working world, and possible open doors for the future, businesses and organizations get support from creative minds that are free to experiment, first hand experiment of whats possible from young contributors. In the kickstarted example the results can be immediate and tangible. If companies come into the classroom, kids are motivated by meaning to bring in their own content, whatever project is at hand could bring high level innovation depending on what students offer and what organizations are willing to work with them. Their is a gap between the creativity, and new ideas and new ways of approaching things young people have to offer. This addresses the gap, which in the states is compounded by existing hierarchical structures. The young bright minds don't get to do meaningful work and aren't often in place to offer what they have, until the work their way up and lose a lot of what they've to offer

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

it is uses school to help students develop more work oriented skills, and benefit from the experience of working with projects that have real world implications, it puts employers in the classroom to see the value of what ideas and strategies are coming out of the program. It helps employers see the value of having young employers doing meaningful work, rather than putting them in more level jobs until they work their way up

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

you could find an university and have them do a two week workshop with a local organization to market their event, and find people to teach traditional marketing competencies, along with social media ones. The key would be to solicit what ideas the students have to offer on social media, as well as workshop social media tools that are working well in the industry. I would recommend doing this in places with a strong music scene, and finding professionals in the local music industry to help support the workshops, but to have the main project with either a small business or local organization.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

visualization, any ideas to build upon this.

The idea emerged from:

  • A student collaboration

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to be involved in prototyping but need partners at some stage


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Matthew, great share. My high school is a project-based school very similar to what you are talking about (so it really is happening!).
The only difference is that we don't often work with community organizations. It is more of using the project based model to teach the standards along with a variety of soft skills (presenting, collaboration, oral communication, critical thinking, etc.) So, the projects are kind of "real-world," but they aren't actually used to benefit outside organizations. I do think it would be a good idea, though, to take it to the next level and actually work with organizations.

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Agreed, as a high school what kind of projects would like to work on? What skills would you like to learn?

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Check out my idea for the real-life project ideas, and the profile comment.

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