Global business as a means of change

The brightest students are educated to work hard, get good grades, choose a profession and look for a well paid job.

Young people are increasingly challenging those ideals for their lives. Factors such as a greater freedom of information through the internet have led to greater social awareness.

Often this social awareness and resulting dissatisfaction is directed to lower impact activities.

I propose introducing business as a means of change from an early age.

Schools are beginning to encourage entrepreneurial mindsets by setting business challenges to sixth form students. I propose introducing these ideas to children in a structured manner, and much earlier.

Just as children study more traditional subjects from a young age while increasing the complexity over time, I propose the same for entrepreneurship education.

Unlike some more traditional subjects, business skills are best learned by practice. Classes where children are encouraged to spot opportunities in their local community would allow them to develop an enterprising mindset. Is the grass too long in local parks? Can we pay for it to be cut by selling the cut off to local shops as pet feed?

By working on toy challenges such as this for several years, by the time they reach GCSE or A level age the young people that feel passionately that air travel pollutes, for example, will strive to study engineering and start companies that commercialise cleaner technologies.

By fostering business as a means for global change from a young age we encourage more british people to found the global corporations of tomorrow and lead change in the world in a financially sustainable way.
Bilal Khan, Unii | Wed 15th Jan 2014 at 10:57

One of our favourite ideas!


Sorry but what do you mean by a structured manner? and how much younger
Terence Barnett, FestiveFridays | Fri 17th Jan 2014 at 14:31

To make business a force for good we need to concentrate teaching empathy while children are young to solve the social issues of tomorrow.
Then to make us the most enterprising and innovative nation we need to get the UK connected to the IoE and make Sustainability; Code; Data; Algorithms; entrepreneurship all part of the curriculum.

Terence Barnett, FestiveFridays | Sun 19th Jan 2014 at 05:18

As I understood this exercise in "Growth Britain", the proposals would/should be short, rather than long term and provide for tangible impact. While the sentiments contained are admirable, this proposal is not about to move Great Britain's growth needle appreciably in the near-term.
David Blumenstein, TECHGB | Sat 15th Feb 2014 at 11:07

Interesting and very similar to my idea submitted months ago regarding school banks as a means of teaching practical commerce to school-age children. Pity you didn't read that before submitting this.
Simon Clark, SJC Systems Limited | Fri 21st Feb 2014 at 14:10

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