I think this is a good idea and approach to explore in the next phase. The only challenge I see with focusing on "what people want" is that often times they don't really know themselves. A common example is that many young people my age are scared of investing and opening retirement accounts etc. So most won't even believe they need help in that area. They'll just ask for help for other things like monetizing side projects, or how to make more money in general. But the reality is that investing is a huge area where we need education and help.
Yep, I think this could definitely be done as long as there is a balance; letting the students do enough so they learn and being coached so they don't feel totally thrown into these roles with no support. The second part of your comment, I like a lot too! Because, after all, one of the main goals of education is to apply what you've learned to the real world.
I think this is a great idea, as it will give many young people experience they may not have had up to this point in their lives. Its a safe way to teach the students important "small business" roles.
However, my only question is, don't you think this will be a bit overwhelming? A faculty body that runs the school already has years of experience in doing so, and putting the students into these positions may be too much for them at first; they won't know many of the small ins and outs of running an education institution.
I think this could work, its a great idea, but there would still need to be some sort of training or supervision. What are your thoughts on this?