DOIT suggests how Europe can step up and make early stage entrepreneurship education for young people more practice-based and effective. The suggested approach is empowering 6 to 16 years old children and youth to co-create solutions for social and environmental issues together with facilitators.
The DOIT learning approach spans and integrates five dimensions.
- ENTREPRENEURIAL – Future business perspective: DOIT supports the development of Entrepreneurial mind-sets and skills, as well social businesses.
- SOCIAL -Social Innovation: DOIT sees young people as engaged citizens, who tackle social issues and develop innovate solutions.
- DIGITAL – Digital Making: DOIT emphasize to use new tools for digital design and fabrication, makerspaces and online platforms.
- EDUCATIONAL – practice-based learning: DOIT builds upon learning of children in makerspaces, and trains adults and youth from diverse background trained as facilitators
- COLLABORATION – Co-creation & Sharing: DOIT core is Do-It-Together, maker movement, open innovation, open educational resources.
Therefore, all DOIT activities and materials build upon the DOIT programme. These are seven modules or topics which are seen as essential to reach the aim for higher self efficacy and experiences for young social innovators. Although they are numbered, they are addressed in different orders and repeatedly as well.
The seven modules builds upon the above mentioned dimensions of DOIT’s approaches as well as existing concepts and aims of early entrepreneurial education, social innovation and maker education. They are applied in a more-days long workshop, which we call a „DOIT action“, as follows:
- Do it because you can: Children and adults, e.g. entrepreneurs, co-design a DOIT action.
- Do what matters: All collect ideas for the adressed goal and social innovation.
- Do it together: Co-operation and teamwork are essential.
- Do it now: All develop ideas, prototypes and products by using the possibilities of a makerspace setting.
- Do it better: Reflection and failing forward are integrated features of the process.
- Do more of it: The activities include to find more support, by developing e.g. business plans.
- Do inspire others: Public presentation and sharing of the idea and the (success) stories are part of a DOIT action.
Materials developed within DOIT (toolbox) will as well adress all these topics. By the way: We call the programme „preliminary“ because we are currently piloting and testing the approach.
Read more here:
- Hornung-Prähauser, Veronika; Schön, Sandra; Teplov, Roman; Podmetina, Daria (2018). Social Innovation Training in Makerspaces with the new DOIT approach. In: Proceedings of the ISPIM conference 2018 in Stockholm, Manchester: The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), pp. 1-15. URL: https://search.proquest.com/openview/71360b2ead63abfbf01a4f9aae907c91/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=2040562, Preliminary version: https://www.doit-europe.net/wp-content/uploads/ISPIM-2018-Preliminary-version.pdf