Fix-ed, A Human Centred Design, repair & Social Enterprise School Program Helping The Disadvantaged Has Launched

 

We're proud to announce the official launch of fix-ed. With a new year has come new challenges. At Pimpama State Secondary College, Fix-ed was born out of a series of conversations and opportunities which came together throughout 2016. The common thread in all the conversations between both teachers and students was a passion to work for and with the community to tackle local issues.

The school understands the value of human centred design and social entrepreneurship and has embedded design thinking into the school foundations. The award-winning Jump Start program is a reflection of that, many elements of which have been built into the Fix-ed project. There's a strong desire to continue preparing students for the challenges that lie ahead; future leaders with the skills to tackle problems head on, adapt quickly and create innovative, viable opportunities for the greater community.

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It's no secret that Australia is one of the highest producers of waste per head of population in the world, with the average Australian family producing enough rubbish to fill a three-bedroom house each year. Australians produce an estimated 140,000 tonnes of e-waste each year but only about 4% is recycled. The Global Footprint Network states that it takes the world 1 year and 6 months to regenerate what humans use in 1 year.

In embedding repair skills into the program, alongside design and enterprise skills, Fix-ed proves that new, circular models are possible and creates mindsets willing to tackle local (and global) issues with fresh thinking.

In working alongside our community we look forward to delving into some of the hard issues, being challenged, learning from what works (and what doesn't!) and developing the Fix-ed program with the aim of creating a scalable, train-the-trainer model for further expansion in 2018.

We'd like to thank our partners and collaborators for their enthusiasm in participating and contributing to the project and will keep you up to date as we move forward!

 
Tom Allen