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For the past year I have been working on an idea about bringing high quality design and entrepreneurship education available worldwide. This is the current state of the idea. Please get in touch......

For the past year I have been working on an idea about bringing high quality design and entrepreneurship education available worldwide. This is the current state of the idea. Please get in touch e.g. via email ville at banana . fi if you are interested in making this reality in your company, school or neighborhood. It's a big vision and we need your support. More info about us at http://www.banana.fi and https://www.facebook.com/wearemonkeybusiness

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  • Ville - a great idea, and thanks for sharing in response to my Google+ post today (2013-09-13). Do you have time at the weekend of November 22-24, 2013? Coming down to Dresden for the first Startup Weekend Dresden? I am currently building the core team, getting the location, and first sponsors on board.

    We definitely need some coaches like you Monkey Guys down here!
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  • Hi Ville
    Your idea to create a container on the Rural Design and Entrepreneurial School is great and important. Through internet much information is available, but that is not the same as relevant knowledge. Developing a self-generating method is beyond the actual main stream.
    I would like to share my experience with creating such a container, back in the eighties.
    The theoretical basis for the process was: manipulative display. At that time it meant something like: a set of instructions for actions, that would guide people through a process, for instance of decision making, of brainstorming, of collaborating.
    The theoretical basis for the content was our understanding of the way traffic systems in and around urban districts work.
    Background: I worked with citizen’s groups on a problems with traffic safety. Too many people (and children!) died or got hurt in their neighbourhoods. Many groups of citizens were asking for support, and we had too little time to support all groups. Instead of a ‘life’ consultant, we did send a box.
    We created a ‘traffic box’, a container with all kinds of instructions on how to collaborate in dealing with traffic problems in your district.
    The box contained (if I remember well):
    - a manual how to use the contents;
    - two sets of coloured cards: problems and causes;
    - a few pages with headers, like People present on the meeting; Important phone numbers and addresses; Location, Problems and Causes; To do and Who list;
    - markers and pens;
    - coloured stickers for prioritising;
    - a manual on dealing with local government;
    - clothes pins and traffic liquorice.
    The manual told the people how to prepare a gathering, what kind of things one should do on beforehand, and what one could do with all the things that were brought up in the meetings.
    We were concerned about the way such gatherings could develop itself, so we created instructions about how to involve all people and all experience that could be available.
    Someone had to find a map of the area.
    Than the meeting could start with every one pinpointing on the map where he or she lived, and how they had come to the venue. That would ensure that everyone was acknowledged as present and part of the meeting!
    The next step was to distribute the first set of cards over the map. That set of cards indicated possible traffic problems (too much traffic to cross the road, severe accidents, too much noise, . . . .).
    All participants were to put some cards on the map. Than someone had to mark the location and put that mark on the cards.
    The next thing to do was to prioritise the problems: where should our attention at first go to. People were to add coloured stickers to the locations where the cards had been put.
    The cards for the other locations were kept together with the clothespins.
    Then, for the prioritised locations, one could display the cards. The problem-cards related to the second set of cards: causes.
    The card “we cannot cross the street” could relate to cards with something like: too much traffic, too fast driving, the street is too wide, it is impossible to see what is happening.
    People had to discuss what the cause or were the causes of the problem on that spot. The second set of cards would be distributed over the map.
    The markers were needed again to link the answers to the locations. The clothespins could hold the cards together.
    The pages with the header Location, Problems and Causes were to be used to collect the data.
    They could be used to send to the municipality: this is going on here, you need to deal with it, ASOP!
    So, in a few steps people would have gathered all the insights they had on the situations, in a way
    It had more detail than I remember now. Anyhow, it worked. Quite a few of these boxes were distributed through the country, and people were working with. We had positive feedback.
    The clue was:
    - a lot of colour and liquorice
    - a strong structure
    - a strong theoretical framework
    We can make something like that for the Rural Design and Entrepreneurial School!
    Regards!
    Pieter
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  • Hi Ville

    I am working with a disadvantaged school in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I think there are certain overlaps in our thinking and it may be worth exploring the synergies. The presentation is here ...

    http://www.slideshare.net/ianfalconbentley/cowan-good-to-great-programme-overview

    You can email me on falconian111@yahoo.com

    Best regards
    Ian Falcon Bentley
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  • Hi Ville, I think it is a great idea although the practical design raises questions of course. I can offer you to act as a thinking partner if you would wish so. Why is it we don't speak and reflect more often?
    Very warm hugs,
    Charles
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  • 1. “Our first fundamental problem fordevelopment is fatalism. People do notbelieve they can influence their future.” Mwalimu Musheshe, Founder Uganda Rural Development & Training Program
  • 2. Concept Presentation 10th Dec 2012 Rural Design &Entrepreneurship School© Ville Keränen / Monkey and Banana Coop ville@banana.fi / +358 40 731 2084 Illustrations by Juha-Matti Kinnunen
  • 3. There is one question thathas been troubling me for quite a while.
  • 4. How to get people to think and act differently?
  • 5. Hmm. Education could be the key. I must re-frame the question...
  • 6. How to make design &entrepreneurship education available to everyone worldwide?
  • 7. How could this be done?
  • 8. I havean idea.
  • 9. Let’s build Design & Entrepreneurship school into a container!
  • 10. And we make the design &entrepreneurship education available to everyone worldwide!
  • 11. Grand Vision Ordinary people around the world will beconnected and empowered to do extraordinary things in their own local communities.
  • 12. Grand Solution
  • 13. Grand Solution Global community of local innovators who are connected via the thousands of D+E Schools in containers all around the world. Together we can tackle the wicked problems we face today and in the future.
  • 14. What is D+E School in a Container made of?Space Projects+ Tools Facilitation
  • 15. Container = Space First, we need a space. Container is a place wherethere are tools to build prototypes and a media kitto broadcast ideas everywhere. That is the base for a feeling that everything is possible.
  • 16. Facilitation Facilitations job is to give permission to think and act differently. Permission is given by building trust among the people. We facilitate different kinds of workshops from brainstorming to photography and from prototyping to sales in order to inspire making ideas into reality. Good facilitation gives the feeling that everything is possible.
  • 17. Projects To think and act differently we need projects. We need to do things we are excited about to find the optimal moment when the challengesand skills meet. It is when you feel like you haveall the time in world while the time flies. You are present. And feel that everything is possible.
  • 18. User Cases 1. Company2. School / Municipality
  • 19. How could a company benefitfrom D+E School in Container?
  • 20. How could a company benefit from D+E School in Container?To companies we offer Leadership and Creativity training. We do participatory processes with employees and customers. Space & Time & Permission to think and Act Differently.
  • 21. How could a school benefitfrom D+E School in Container?
  • 22. For schools we offer Entrepreneurship and Creativity training via workshops on differentsubjects that are linked to everyday curriculum. Idea is to apply theory into practice by doing real life projects that develop the community and the individual participant. Space & Time & Permission to Think and Act Differently.
  • 23. I need help making this happen. We are looking for first partners to co-create the prototypes. If you want to make it happen in your place, please get in touch!Ville KeränenMonkey and Banana Coopville@banana.fi / +358 40 731 2084twitter.com/VilleMonkeywww.banana.fi
  • 24. More info via Inquiry: (1. Use cases – Community) 2. What we mean by Design? 3. What we mean by Entrepreneurial method? - Facilitation / Hosting 4. Other key words defined- eg. prototyping 5. Milestones to move forward 6. Team & Network behind the Project 7. Track Record of what has happened so far 8. Problem of Not Invented Here 9. Fab Labs & Competition? 10. D+E School in Backbag? 11. Values – Operating principles? 12. Hifi vs. Low-Tech equipment? 13. Example Curriculum for Two Weeks
  • 25. I need help making this happen. We are looking for first partners to co-create the prototypes. If you want to make it happen in your place, please get in touch!Ville KeränenMonkey and Banana Coopville@banana.fi / +358 40 731 2084twitter.com/VilleMonkeywww.banana.fi