Source Institute started in 2014 with the observation that as the world changes faster, traditional education struggles to keep up, while peer learning speeds up progress.
We were a skunkworks that explored peer learning in various forms, and had a few successes:
- Africa's biggest online tech entrepreneurship course, taught by African founders about topics relevant to them.
- A pinnacle program for UK's Newton Fund, which consistently delivered relevant training in science and engineering commercialisation to 15 countries on 3 continents.
- A Pan-African commercialisation program for engineers, and built it up within 3 years to achieve a 50% success rate of early-stage portfolio companies.
- Including peer learning in conferences like Lean Startup Summit and City AI.
We spent a lot of time exploring different regions of the world to understand them. We've tried a lot that's failed, but developed a strong network of facilitators and innovation hubs across Asia, Europe and Africa.
Now, we want to make maximum use of what we've learned about peer learning, so we're launching our own program, and writing a book.
The Peer Learning Guide
The Peer Learning Guide is an attempt to share the stories of our role models, our stories about what's worked for us, and provide educators and learners with a model for improving their educational experiences with Peer Learning.
The Source STEM program is piloting in Sofia, Bulgaria – open to everyone interested in STEM commercialisation and entrepreneurship.
Rather than dictate a curriculum, we're responding to the needs of each learner. And we're exploring and promoting local successes, sharing what really works and doesn't so learners can choose their own path.
And we're offering to support to all other Bulgarian programs by asking them what education they need, and delivering it to their portfolio and alumni.