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@Simon: More on the question of attracting the right people to come by. There's the proposal of having a physical business library. Maybe some parts of it can be publicly accessible.

Hi Benjamin, these are actually some excellent questions. Not sure I can answer them all. I'd like to see previous/current uni students and veterans of udemy et al. chime in about the gaps that LAB21 might fill for them.

Yeah, there's always the danger of atrophy when one can't readily apply the knowledge they've learned. This is why I support the addition of external skunkworks projects sponsored by businesses (the innovative ones at least) and designed by lab stewards. I would like to see that students start building momentum and solving real world problems. Get them engaged in something real and they learn something about practicing execution. I'm hoping that this also helps them out with learning what collaboration, team chemistry, and self-leadership is all about.

I see that the concept has been refined some the past two weeks, so perhaps you can see if it answers your other concerns :)

This is a great breakdown of the LAB21's design. Bravo. I was also happy to see some coalescing of ideas with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.