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Learning Through Observation

Creating a co-op community for parents to allow their kids to learn from existing merchants. The co-op would allow the kids to come and observe the merchants and how they do their work. Maybe learn the new skill.

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1. Create the co-op community:  How will the parents get together and who will facilitate the trips to merchants?

2. Organizing merchants and professionals to participate: How can we get community members to participate and show/teach these kids?

3. How to incentivizing parents to participate?


Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Parents without any structured care for learning for their kids.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

Sample field trips, testing on local communities, Pick some families to participate. Set limitations on time and places.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Partnerships with large companies for funding.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!

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