Why should you join us in The Enterprise Shed?

Newcastle University is about to launch its third free online course on FutureLearn, “The Enterprise Shed: Making Ideas Happen.” It aims to recreate the creative atmosphere of a shed – or any other place where you do your best thinking and doing. Here, Katie Wray, lead “sheducator,” explains why we should all be joining her.

A model of The Enterprise Shed in Newcastle

Firstly, let me unpack “enterprise.” For me, enterprise is about making creativity, problem solving and ideas practical. This makes it relevant across all areas of education, not just business. Where enterprise is applied to creating a new venture, it is commonly known as “entrepreneurship.”

We are increasingly aware of entrepreneurship, through the steady creation of new businesses (particularly in austere times), but also through the media. From this awareness, we can each draw our own conclusions about what an entrepreneur is; and indeed we will, in this course.

Enterprise and entrepreneurship at a grassroots level

The Enterprise Shed” challenges a variety of definitions of the entrepreneur, and looks at enterprise and entrepreneurship at a grassroots level. On the course, you will be introduced to a whole bunch of entrepreneurial individuals and teams, not all of whom refer to themselves as “an entrepreneur.”

So that leads me to the tricky bit (where the real value of this course lies compared to the more common “how to start a business courses”): if you can be entrepreneurial (behave like an entrepreneur) without actually being an entrepreneur (starting a new business venture), who is entrepreneurial and what can you do with your entrepreneurialness*?

How to make change in your own context

We are committed to exploring this question with you throughout the course, supporting you to draw your own conclusions about how you can make change in your own context.

Our other commitment is to exploring your ideas – collecting insights into what a solution looks like and helping you to turn that idea into something tangible. Finally, we are committing to developing your network, through which you can share your ideas, and put them into action once the course has finished.

That’s where you come in. This course is about you; it is about your role, through your ideas, in creating change. There are three main reasons why you should join us in  The Enterprise Shed:

1. Develop confidence in yourself as a “doer”

You will do this by analysing the behaviours of other entrepreneurial people who you will be introduced to on the course. You will draw conclusions about the way that they “do” and what you might “do” when approaching your own challenges, problems and projects.

2. Address problems you want to change

You will do this through identifying problems, sharing them with others, creating and collaborating on ideas generation, and developing solutions together with peers on the course.

3. Meet people and build networks

We will do this by forming virtual and physical networks around the globe, which can outlive the end of the course. You will meet people that share your passions and drivers to make change in your world, find out where you can go for help, and collaborate to achieve impact.

The Enterprise Shed is not just a course, but a place where you can go to think, and critically, to do.

If you’d like to make your ideas happens, join “The Enterprise Shed” now or join the conversation using #FLentshed.

*Actually, you can also be “intrapreneurial” (behave like an entrepreneur as an employee in someone else’s business), but I’ve tried and keep it simple for this post.
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Comments (16)


  • munanira fred

    ’m interested, sounds very good especially when individual ideas and thought are shared, will proceed to enroll for the course. thanks a lot

  • A A Shehu

    I’m interested, sounds very good especially when individual ideas and thought are shared, will proceed to enroll for the course. thanks a lot

  • Farah Islam

    Hello thinkers,
    Actually, I have an idea of entrepreneurship with the street child of our country by developing their skill on the creative sector but I don’t know how to start and where to start. I think this course will help me to reach my goal. so, thank you!

  • Tshidi

    Hi thinkers
    i have an idea of what i want to presnt on TV or on radio in educational forums but dont know how to propose my ideas to relevant stake holders

  • Sally Carter

    Hi there, I am a thinker, I have lots of ideas. I know how to be creative and generate and even develop ideas further. But doing, and especially putting them out there for the world to see, whoa! I have a business idea and need help to take action and be brave and offer my wares. Will this course help? Thanks

  • Gillian France

    Looks good.

  • ishmail sannoh

    i can not wait to get started


    Recently I have been thinking of such a lesson/advice/tips or a short course as a whole, exactly on the subjects contained in your abovementioned course. Mere thinking and thinking of ideas yield no positive results unless one initiate to do something. But how to start, initiate, take further steps to achieve the goal? These are the main things to learn to overcome fear, laziness, shyness, procrastination etc which are the main hurdles to achieve success on the ideas. I thank the FutureLearn to come ahead with such a course, where, I hope, I shall learn and practise the tools to bring my ideas in realities.


    This is an excellent that I think will unlock the great potential in me. I am joining immediately.

  • Thandar

    Looking forward to improving in this course 😀

  • Kerry

    Looking forward to starting this course and learning from you all!

  • Deb

    Looking forward to starting this course :0D

  • Karemi Michael

    I can’t wait to get involved.

  • Sue Shervill

    I’m looking forward to beginning this course, and building on my ideas.

  • Sheila Eaton

    Sounds interesting – will join!

    • leslie coupland

      I was thinking Permaculture trying to design your Ideas and i want to do your course Im 62 years I want set up helping people