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Project M: Thinking Wrong, Doing Right

A program for creative youth inspired to contribute to the greater good. Encouraging "thinking wrong" to collaborate on fresh ideas & projects bigger than themselves.

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Project M is a hands-on immersive and intense experience that pushes young creatives to engage their hearts, minds and hands in the collaborative pursuit of disruptive social innovation They offer a range of experiences – from a two-week summer program to blitz workshops focused on exploration & prototyping.

"The project has yielded several incredible projects including Mbulance, where students transformed an old ambulance into a mobile design studio, which collected then donated equipment and supplies to Gulf Coast designers displaced by hurricane Katrina. PieLab, another Project M initiative, arose in rural Alabama as an eatery bridging a still racially segmented community together in a neutral space. Free pie and coffee connected people and gave them an opportunity to have a conversation." –  via PSFK

How might we engage more young people in the productive mode of disruptive thinking? How might the learning-by-doing approach become more central to education and assessment? What collaborations, frameworks and processes might encourage more opportunities for learning while doing good?

Project M was first posted on OpenIDEO during our Web Start-up Challenge by Sina Mossayeb.

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I like the idea that it is hands on and focused on social innovation. This could be a way to give purpose to young unemployed people while it also gives a way to make new social connections in their own environment. This could be complimented with teaching on how to find value and turn that into new business