26 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
the summit. In addition to case studies and an experience trip, we brought in expert mentors who
inspired, encouraged and informed the participants about the potential of social entrepreneurship.
Suzie Boss, an educational consultant and journalist
for the Stanford Business Review, opened the
Summit to introduce the concepts of social
entrepreneurship and social innovation. On day two,
participants interacted with Rikin Gandhi, founder of
Digital Green, a platform for farmers to share videos
and information of their best practices within
communities. On day three, they met Stephanie
Hays, CEO of Reality Tours, who introduced the
importance of measuring and evaluating your social
impact, a key practice to be a sustainable social
enterprise. We believed that when students have a
chance to see social entrepreneurship in action
within different communities, causes, and fields, it’s
an opportunity for them to reflect on the social challenge they find most compelling. The interactions with
each speaker encouraged the participants to seek interesting solutions to social challenges.
What is design thinking? Why use the design thinking process? How is it different from regular
These were some of the questions we were asked. We believed that design thinking couldn’t be taught,
but needed to be experienced. Participants found the ‘Empathy’ and ‘Ideate’ stages to be game-changers.
As mentioned earlier, we used case studies and a visit to the Dharavi slum to experience the ‘Empathy’
stage. After visiting the narrow alleyways of Dharavi, witnessing the living conditions of the people, and
learning about the $500 million yearly turnover this slum makes in leather and recycling, participants were
inspired and moved to create something that matters.
GSES expert mentors that provided the experience and
feedback during the Summit
Participants experience the design thinking process in
the ideate stag
Brilliant Banana recording their multimedia video, part
of their Media Marketing Plan