Fix-ed is an Australian school led social enterprise giving people experiencing hardship a new lease on life.
 

"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."

- UNICEF

 
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How fix-ed works

 
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1. Students develop critical, empathetic mindsets to understand & Define Community 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.

 
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4. Enterprise skills are built as students develop business models around their proposals & grow confidence in pitching

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.

 

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2. Community Partners donate broken items For Fix-ed to repair, whilst other partners give resources & time

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.

 
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5. Students develop a range of hands-on repair skills to upcycle items. This includes fabrication & coding skills

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.

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3. Students grow creativity by responding to their identified problems through Ideation,  development & Testing of ideas

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.

 
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6. Repaired Items are leased to  those people in the community who most need it to improve their quality of life

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.

 

Student team

Participating students are engaging with enthusiasm and commitment. With their newly learnt skills in design thinking, social entrepreneurship and repair, there's no doubt they are well prepared to tackle community problems with creative opportunities which lead Australia to a bright future.

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.

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Design strategists

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.

Max

Crystal

Kaitlyn

DaKOTA

JESSICA

Fixer Gurus

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.

Bronson

Liam

Cooper

Broden

Jai

Hunter

Ethan

Impact crew

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.

Nyah

Tysn

TIANA

FINN

 

 

Leadership team

Stephen Robinson

Co-Founder & Teaching Lead.

Tom Allen

Co-Founder & Lead.
Director, Seven Positive. 

Adam Jefford

Co-Founder.
Manager, Asia Pacific Design Library.

Dwayne Scicluna

HOD, Creative Industries, PSSC.