Aaron Kinnari is Clinton Global Initiative's Social Media Manager.
Now that we have launched the Youth Employment Challenge Refinement phase, we wanted to take this opportunity to share what we are looking for as we select Winning Ideas. The cornerstone of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has always been our Commitment to Action model: We bring people together not to just discuss global issues, but to make firm commitments to address these challenges. Like the OpenIDEO community, we believe that no problem is unsolvable so long as we work together to develop and advance solutions.
Commitments made through CGI adhere to three specific tenets. Each commitment should be new, specific and measurable. Inspired by this model, we will be using the following criteria for our challenge with OpenIDEO:
1. Ideas should be poised for impact – and this impact should be measurable. In this case, ideas should deliver positive impact for young people, and it should create pathways and opportunities for youth employment. We encourage participants in the challenge to consider how to create more employment opportunities and how to improve the journey to employment, both for young people with employable skills and those who might be less prepared for the 21st Century workforce.
2. Ideas should be implementable and specific. There isn’t one solution that fits every community and that’s why we’re interested in solutions that meet local and specific needs and gaps. Ideas should outline clear steps, objectives and an achievable time frame, just as all CGI commitments are required to have very specific goals, geographic parameters, timelines and frameworks.
3. Ideas should be unique. Whether your idea is completely new or a solution you’ve been working on for some time, we’re interested in novel approaches and new perspectives to this challenge. At the same time, 'unique' does not preclude ideas that haven’t been done before – we just want to see a fresh approach. We are excited to see ideas that build on existing programs, or that identify successful solutions from one community and think critically about how the approach might be implemented halfway around the world.
4. Ideas improve through collaboration and iteration throughout this challenge. We encourage all participants to solicit thoughts from others and involve your networks in providing feedback to all ideas in the challenge.
Check out our inspiring Top 22 ideas as they continue to develop throughout the Refinement phase.