When the Clinton Global Initiative approached us to explore dynamic solutions to the global youth employment crisis, we knew this would be a tremendous opportunity to call our community to action. Over the next few weeks, we worked with a diverse community of design thinkers, entrepreneurs, industry experts and professionals to ask ourselves: How might we build better employment opportunities and pathways for young people around the world?
With nearly 300 research contributions and 177 ideas submitted, a global conversation emerged to offer fresh solutions for young people aged 16-24. From a design feedback session on prototyping with IDEO’s CEO, Tim Brown, to global Meetups gathering offline to brainstorm ideas, to inspiring interviews with experts on youth employment – the OpenIDEO community tapped into a collective knowledge to refine ideas into real-world solutions. We saw exciting collaborations across the globe, thoughtful prototypes rooted in human-centered needs and extensive feedback from the OpenIDEO and CGI communities in support of designing for impact.
After a generative Feedback phase, the OpenIDEO and CGI teams engaged with issue experts to select 22 Top Ideas to move on to the Refinement phase, based on an ability to meet our evaluation criteria. These ideas continued to test assumptions and conduct experiments, identifying pathways to implementation and measurable opportunities for success.
And now, after months of incredible exploration, we are thrilled to announce our seven winning ideas – solutions that we feel are poised for maximum impact in building better employment opportunities for young people around the world.
CONGRATS TO OUR WINNING IDEAS + FEATURED OPENIDEATORS
Congrats to the teams behind our winning ideas for all of their hard work! We were so inspired by the depth of insights and collaboration that you brought to this challenge.