While serving as the Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, co-author Daniela Papi-Thornton shared her Tackling Heropreneurship research with the Skoll Centre team, and they decided to launch a new funding opportunity that would invite students to apprentice with problems, as opposed to funding inviting them to try to “solve” said problems. To apply for the funding, students first had to enter the previously described Map the System competition, as a means of showing their commitment to systems understanding. Participants were then invited to apply for Apprenticing with a Problem Funding that could be used for research projects, internships, or other job opportunities, thereby helping students get their foot in the door to begin to learn about or work on shifting their chosen challenge. After a minimum of three months, grantees were asked to share their experience in an online format so that others could benefit from their learning. While the Skoll Centre no longer offers this funding in the same format, the McConnell and Trico Foundations provide “Apprenticing with a Problem” Funding opportunities to Canadian winners of Map the System and other educators have incorporated similar concepts in their funding models.
Learn more about how to implement this funding by reading the Skoll Center’s Apprenticing with a Problem Briefing Note designed to help others replicate the model.