DOIT (Digital fabrication and making for social innovators) is a European initiative that empowers Europe’s young innovators with the social entrepreneurial mindsets, tools and skills they need to thrive along their entrepreneurial learning journey within an open digital world and tackle future societal problems. Our main objective is to design, develop and test on large scale a novel Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education Programme for children and educators based on the effective combination and child-friendly application of the pedagogical principles of digital making education, of open innovation methods and of using leveraging technology for generating and scaling sustainable innovations in social business and traditional enterprises. Our target groups are young learners (6 to 10 years), older pupils (11 to 16 years), their educators and trainers as well as entrepreneurs who will share their experiences with these audiences (mentoring).
The DOIT programme includes ground-breaking teaching and workshop resources (DOIT toolboxes for children and facilitators) coupled with innovative teaching and learning materials, in particular our platform’s open collaborative makerspace, which will be used to embed the necessary knowledge and skills of invention, design, prototyping and business modelling. The DOIT toolboxes are designed for experiencing being a social innovator in mobile and fixed children-friendly maker spaces and are easily accessible at the interactive DOIT Web platform. Co-created with help of the Children’s Advisory Committee DOIT novel resources cover inspirational experimentation, design, prototyping and basic business modelling knowhow needed for sustainable product and service innovation. The DOIT platform will provide an integrated platform and learning pathway, which will foster first experiences with entrepreneurial thinking, social innovation, and intergenerational and multidisciplinary work – the foundation for Europe’s future entrepreneurs.