"Young people must be given the opportunity to lead, the opportunity to create something at a very young age, so that they sense that this is something they can do, that they can contribute to solving the world’s problems."
By learning and practicing design thinking and social entrepreneurship tools and processes, teams identify and understand problem areas in the community, developing critical, empathetic mindsets. They build strong skills in human centred design.
Apart from participating in the general running of the Fix-ed social enterprise, students design and refine business models, working towards the creation of viable social enterprises which deliver positive impact to the community.
Generous community partners have already donated items such as mobility scooters, bicycles, lawn mowers and musical instruments, which prevent them from entering landfill and give objects and people a new lease on life.
Going beyond rapid prototyping, students repair their objects to a professional standard. Strong problem-solving skills are built and students get hands-on experience with coding and fabrication to build their final designs.
They begin to develop product/service/enterprise concepts which respond to their problem definition. Students prototype and test their ideas in rapid learning loops, learning to fail fast and iterate ideas to arrive to an appropriate design.
Students launch their social enterprises or alternatively, repaired items such as mobility scooters are then leased to service providers, giving end users dealing with issues of hardship enhanced social connectedness.
Whilst all students participate in every aspect of the school-run social enterprise, participants work in three core areas, based on their passions and strengths. Students guide each other in their own area of speciality and take ownership for their work and outcomes.
The Design Strategists are specialists in applying design process to tackle complex problems. They apply human centred design to ensure that the class arrives to strong, relevant outcomes.
The Fixer Gurus specialise in troubleshooting to repair objects to a professional standard. They have advanced skills in fabrication across a broad range of tools and also have coding knowledge.
The Impact Crew apply and build their knowledge in social enterprise, business modelling, marketing and communications to help guide the class towards successful, sustainable solutions that deliver impact.