By Ariel Rich & Olly Duckett
LearnServe is an organization that bases itself on social entrepreneurship. Scott Rechler and Sabine Keinath, directors of LearnServe International, lead the workshop during the GIN conference on Monday March 9th.
LearnServe involves high school students in brainstorming ideas that could potentially solve some of our current issues. The workshop today started with Rechler posing the question, “what pisses you off?”, based on the answers you and your group find a common issue that “pisses you off”, and brainstorms a solution to this issue.
The idea for LearnServe started with conversations with social entrepreneurs. Each entrepreneur reflected on past experience and realized how powerful they would be if they had gained the experience and knowledge of entrepreneurship before they were “older, stubborn and set in [their] ways”.
LearnServe is about observing what people can accomplish in high school and how their ideas can develop into plausible and realistic solutions.
The great thing about the GIN conference, according to Scott Rechler, is that “[it’s] a fantastic opportunity to bring together students from across different schools of the dc area in the context of global issues”. This workshop provides the opportunity to start thinking about “how can I take action?”.
Written by students at WIS