Do you know about Innocentive? They match innovation needs with innovation providers – that whole demand and supply thing. In addition to doing great work, they also make a great metaphor for what school could be.
I believe schools could be structured this way.
Adolescent energy, resourcefulness, and desire to engage relevance
Issues of the world
Engaging curriculum that positively influences the world
Imagine the F=ma implications, in a social justice application of Newton’s Law, if a majority of schools employed the collective mass of our students…in integrated studies, project-based learning formats…to make huge dents in world issues. The size of that “additive amoeba” (think collecting broken up play-dough into one mass), could really make a difference. [Yes, I want to embed Kiran Bir Sethi's TED talk right here, but I'm not gonna do it. Gonna use Jamie Drummond's instead.]
I dream a school that crowd-sources with myriad other schools to impact the world now. Imagine the power of that!