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OpenIDEO stopped by the 2014 Social Good Summit, a conference examining the role of technology on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week in New York, a dynamic community of global thought leaders, technological innovators and creative problem solvers united to explore the question, "What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?" We were blown away by the insights and conversations that came together on the topic of unlocking technology's potential to create impact in the world. Check out some of our favorite inspiring moments:

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OpenIDEO is proud to be at the Clinton Global Initiative 2014 Annual Conference. This year's theme is 'Reimagining Impact'. It has been an inspiring whirlwind of conversations on rethinking how we can create value through innovative approaches to impact. Thought leaders from all over the world have convened to share insights, successes and challenges in an ongoing committment to make a better world.

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This week, I've engaged with several of our fantastic contributor off the platform to see how they might bring their ideas to life with the development of new experience maps. These experience maps/ user journeys are effective ways of prototyping a concept by breaking it down into smaller steps to visualize what the end-to-end experience might feel like for specific users over time. As we have learned from the Office Hour with Tim Brown, it's all about how we can learn as much and as fast as possible!

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Now that we have launched the Refinement phase, we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight the evaluation criteria for the Youth Employment Challenge. 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.

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Our Youth Employment Challenge has been a rich and dynamic conversation around opportunities for young people. With 176 ideas at the close of the Ideas phase, we have been seeing energetic collaborations, thoughtful deep dives, inspiring visuals and impressive prototypes. As we continue to develop and evolve our ideas, let’s take a moment to familiarize ourselves with our evaluation criteria and prepare ourselves for Refinement.

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As we move closer towards Refinement, it is important to consider how we can continue to work together in order to make our ideas more concrete and focused. For this blog post, I've decided to highlight how some of our Ideators have been diving deep to flesh out their concepts in a very systematic way.

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With less than a week left in our Youth Employment Challenge Ideas phase, we are excited to highlight contributions that are positively standing out. We are seeing an incredible level of community collaboration: from sharing learnings on the platform to asking clarifying questions to teams coming together that hope to take ideas forward. Let’s keep the positive momentum going and finish the Ideas phase strong! Check out these ideas for inspiration:

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A mentor of mine – a specialist in change leadership – often liked to remind students, clients, colleagues and audiences alike a truth about change. “It is always hardest in the middle,” she would say. And so it is as we reach the middle of the Ideas phase of the Youth Employment and Pathway Challenge. When the excitement of the beginning wanes and the difficult middle sets in, it is often good to return to our fundamental goal and focus what we’re after.

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Regardless of your country of origin, generation or upbringing, we’ve all experienced – or are experiencing – that Janus-faced transition called youth. Though our circumstances differ, for many it was – or is – a Dickensian best and worst of times. We had – or have – a sense of expectation, of still having time to do something, even if the odds are long. Yet this sense of hope gets tempered – is getting tempered – as we transition over time into adulthood (though this isn’t a bad thing). When it happens varies.

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For this week, I wanted to highlight some of the voices and faces behind the contributions. More specifically, I wanted to share some of the amazing collaborative exchanges that have been weaving together the research threads on the platform. In many ways, this is where the real innovation starts to happen!

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With nearly 75 million young people out of school and out of work, addressing youth unemployment is a challenge that reaches every corner of the world. From companies to colleges, communities to countries, creating employment opportunities and pathways for young people requires a broad range of new ideas and new collaborations across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels.

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Greetings and welcome! Less than week into the Youth Employment Challenge, we have already amassed a phenomenal collection of research contributions that are both broad in scope and rich with insight. During the early stages of researching a complex issue it often helps to expand our understanding of what’s possible. So for this blog post, I've decided to explore a handful of contributions that give diverse insights into the challenge.

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Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Matthew Bird, our volunteer Challenge Community Advisor. Matthew will be particularly active during our Research phase, where he will be sharing his insights and inspiring conversation through original Research posts, as well as building on research initiated by the OpenIDEO community. We asked him a few questions to get to know him a bit better:

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The OpenIDEO community has already stepped up in a big way for the Research phase of our new Youth Employment Challenge. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to two awesome members of our community who you’ll see contributing and collaborating quite a bit over the course of the challenge as volunteers.  Meet Shane Zhao, our Challenge Community Ambassador, and Matthew Bird, our Challenge Community Advisor.

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