28 Future Forwards: Exploring Frontiers in Education
We intend to take a couple of the GSES social enterprises and empower the students that created them
to bring them to life through the Greenhouse incubator. This incubator provides the balance between
structure and autonomy as well as a space to build on their ideas to bring it to life.
Start Something That Matters Yourself - How to recreate GSES where you are
To start your own GSES, you are going to need three main elements:
1. Student Leaders: The soul of any GSES will be the student leaders that create the Summit. Identify 8-
10 student leaders across the high school (9th to 12th). It is recommended to have representatives
from each grade level; this allows for a multiage perspective. Below are the responsibilities of the
Student Leader Responsibilities
Social Entrepreneurship: Explore and study
o Understand the major differences between community service and social
entrepreneurship and why it is important
o Examples of successful and unsuccessful social enterprises
o Elements of a successful social enterprise
o Differentiate between the range of business models for social enterprises
Design Thinking: Explore and go through the process to familiarize yourself with it
Autonomy: Students must have the drive to collaborate and take ownership of specific parts of
the Summit. Since this is a student-run summit, they are in charge of making sure participants
understand the activities and are on the right track to creating their own social enterprise.
2. Planning: Building the schedule for the 2-3 day Summit is going to be one of the most time consuming
processes of planning a GSES. Below are three main areas that the student leaders should cover:
Background: Case Studies - This section exposes participants to various models of social enterprises and
helps answer the following questions:
What are the major differences between community service and social entrepreneurship?
What does a successful and unsuccessful social enterprise look like?
Which business models are successful for specific social challenges?