Here are some of my thoughts after reviewing the Innovator’s Guide and Teacher’s Guide.
Reflections on social good innovation:
I am very excited about the possibilities within this platform. I love that it involves teams of young people researching, discussing, creating, and working together toward a meaningful and positive goal. I appreciate the identification of Global Goals, and the assumption that solutions to these complex issues exist. I know that it is easy for young people to become overwhelmed by the issues we face today, to disengage, and to feel depressed. By engaging students in a social way to identify, understand, and solve problems, social good innovation promises healing in social/emotional well-being, as well as solutions to global problems.
What is most exciting and most concerning?
I am most excited about the possibilities of success, of drawing in unlikely innovators to offer solutions to complex global problems, of the impact that will have on individual students and on the world.
I am most concerned that in our excitement, we will move too quickly, that we will overlook or rush through important steps in the process.
Focus on one goal or leave the challenge open?
While I tend to favor as much choice as possible to allow for deepest engagement, I think that may be too overwhelming to begin. I am leaning toward focusing on one global goal at first. Each goal is broad and lends itself to much discussion and research. I think students will be able to understand the goal and the design process itself better if we begin in a more focused fashion.