Last weekend, I chaired an alumni panel discussion at NACUE’s Leaders Summit 2013, with an exceptional trio of young graduates who had all been Presidents of UK enterprise societies.
Besides the “un-employability” of this entrepreneurial bunch, one of the topics raised by an audience member, was ‘where did each ex-president see the future of enterprise societies’, and it really caught my imagination.
Oli Gibson, technology consultant at IBM, was keen to see societies having more impact in education, with ~20,000 students each year attend society events, – each with new skills learnt along the way, and the idea’s and concepts that are seeded in both university and college students.
What is interesting to think about is how far can this go; and can this form of peer-to-peer education play a growing role in education, and society as a whole. While the majority of students don’t pay to attend society events; the responsibility falls on host society to find sponsorship or generate income; to support others education. Contrasting this with the current education system is vast; and provides and alternative to the traditional broadcast message of learning is played through around 500 institutions on a daily basis. This 20th century model provides no an opportunity to challenge the norm; with it’s 1 size fits all mandate; and is gripping for survival in modern society.
But, how far can peer-to-peer education go? if students are, at this very moment, engaging in extra-curricular activity to learn to code, come together as teams, and build something real; surely any institution should take note – and put the structures, and resources in place to enable this to scale.
Well… 2012 What a Year!
I am writing this while I reflect on a rather bloated stomach & a few too many home brew ciders; so apologies in advance (i rarely write about myself!)
the nacue experience really never ends; and this year really has been unforgettable! I have had a the pleasure to continue to work with inspiring colleagues, to grow a whole new area of the business (scary right!) and shape it to provide the highest amount of value to our customers. We have encouraged hundreds of young people to start up enterprise societies; and learn about running a business, engaging others, providing a service to their community. Personally, I’ve been able to speak to people who I never thought I would from all areas of business, politics, and society…
One of my personal goals of 2012 had been to further gain experience, learn and improve my public speaking; and this has been the year to do it. I’ve been honoured to speak at schools, colleges, universities, and various events including (to name a few)… Regional Meetups, Leaders Training Conference 2012, Association of Colleges (AoC) Enterprise Summit & Annual Conference 2012, Youth Enterprise Live, Skills London 2012 and even went on kicked off & finished a tour with Doug Richard… I even pitched for investment at a high profile accerlerator with a good friend ;)
I’ve been able to experience a huge array of events this year, including London Web Summit, MADE Festival, RBS ESSA Awards (proud to see Manchester Entrepreneurs pick up a gold award!), the Spirit of London Awards, - and even lucky enough to travel out to Kansas City & be part of the Kaufman Foundation Fast Trac Facilitator Program.
I’ve even ben able to be a Best Man to one of my best friends from school; and see him & Sarah getting used to married life has been remarkable. I’ve been able to qualify as a trained mentor with the IoEE and am looking forward to mentoring others more regularly in 2013.
I’ve leave you with a quote which is so true:
You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.