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The Giving Wall

The Giving Wall is a website where the urgent needs of men, women, and families living in poverty are met by the community.

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

Geography of focus (500 characters)

The Giving Wall pilot was successful in Richmond, Virginia; it's time to grow. To arrive at a point where we can scale impact in Richmond, surrounding counties and cities, and throughout other communities nationwide, we must increase our capacity and up-skill our technology to create a platform that can be licensed, a brand ready to be shared, and the processes and guidelines that can seamlessly map on top of the operating models of our nonprofit workforce development partners.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

The Giving Wall is a simple website with powerful impact: empower and enable our community to meet the unique and urgent needs of people and families living in poverty as they journey from crisis to thriving. Damaging narratives that divide us are broken. New ones that unite us are built. Those who live differently from one another journey toward a generous and generative relationship born from reciprocity. This narrative reconstruction will build a future of care from closeness.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

The Giving Wall exists to fit within a system of care where those who are most vulnerable are supported holistically. Workforce development agencies secure job interviews, job placement, and job security – while The Giving Wall removes barriers that block access to all three. It's not a solution in a silo, we move beyond meeting needs like car repair, work boots, and prescription costs. Within each 'transaction' that takes place on The Giving Wall are people seemingly unlike one another who have created and experienced the powerful feeling only compassionate community can deliver. In a moment, someone in crisis believes a stranger cares for them. In that same moment, someone showing up in support is emotionally connected to self and other by giving a hand up to a member of their community at a critical time. And in that moment, a hardworking career advisor or caseworker can deliver GOOD news, and take a much needed sigh of relief.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

We have integrated into an existing system in support of the hopeful outcomes and impacts of workforce development nonprofits. In this way, their success measures are ours. In others, we have to tend to our own and look to their support in uncovering them. Right now the outcomes we measure are met needs, speed to meet them, supply and demand, and brand equity in the minds of Supporters, Believers, and Advisors. To date we've met 181 needs, totaling $30,479, in less than seven months, with only one partner. Our demand is far greater than our supply, which limits our ability to message to the masses regularly. In the Fall, however, we will welcome two new nonprofit partners who will cause the supply on The Giving Wall to increase dramatically – inciting the need for a marketing effort that inspires and activates. Running concurrently we will also be tracking outcomes more closely through technological solutions on our platform.

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

It all began because we became aware of a nonsensical issue: 25.4% of our community here in Richmond, Virginia were struggling deeply to find the resources to meet critical life-altering needs that nearly 3/4 of our community could meet with relative ease. This issue exists in cities throughout the country, and we've been lucky enough to engineer a simple solution that solves for an otherwise complex problem. We began less than one year ago with a leap of faith assumption: If we build a platform that showcases the needs of people living in poverty, members of the community will eagerly meet those needs. Our assumptions were correct. After seven months, we're proud to report a successful pilot, and the readiness to expand capabilities and grow our reach.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

Richmond, Virginia has a poverty rate of 25.4%, totaling 57,000 human beings. Richmond has the second highest eviction rate of any city in the country. Richmond has one of the lowest economic progress rates of any city in the country – meaning, if you live in poverty there's a strong likelihood you will exit this Earth living in poverty. And we are known for our segregated history where communities of human beings were cast out and blocked from progress because of the color of their skin. We aren't unique in these narratives, and that's a shame. But we are unique in that we're a city ready for change, one ready for innovative solutions to complex problems where the voices of everyone being served are held close and inform all decisions made.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

We can write with confidence that The Giving Wall has been built for our community by our community from the very first day. From the three murals painted by community members that share stories of mutuality and progress, to a listening tour that invited all members of our community together, to leveraging community forums like Mindful Mornings to rally social good and social justice supporters, to holding community socials where Believers and Supporters could convene and share and hold space for one another – we have explored the strengths and weaknesses of our community as felt and understood by our community, and responded with solutions and space. We are a town that is courageous in our convictions, be them judgemental or evangelical. That brave vocalization of beliefs can either bring us closer or push us apart – we choose the former. You can learn more about our mural work here: https://www.nbc12.com/2018/12/21/different-kind-wall-makes-headlines-richmonds-giving-wall/

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

The Giving Wall lives in partnership with organizations in the field of workforce development. The reason? These organizations have a career advisor and caseworker force that provide holistic and lasting support through a model based on care, coaching, and mentoring. Their clients have needs. They vet and approve those needs. We place them on The Giving Wall, whilst inviting people to visit and support. The Giving Wall would not exist without these partners, because we refuse to 'solve' one problem without the other support systems in place. That's not systems problem solving and solution finding – that's the type of siloed thinking that fails the people we effort to serve. Our current partner is The Office of Community Wealth Building, the only municipal office of its kind in the country, and we will welcome The Goodwill and Caritas in the Fall of 2019.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Other

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Platform: Creating a community or market that facilitates interaction between users and resources

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

The Giving Wall

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

All that we've mentioned is all that our group does as a whole. We're a team of volunteers looking to move from ad hoc effort to long-term engagement and support of the people and organizations The Giving Wall is proud to serve. Becky is our Founder. David is our lead technologist. Juliette and Louise are our designers. All are supporting in the early morning hours, late evening hours, and on the weekends. This is truly a labor of love – one that we know will turn into an employment opportunity, thanks to our projected financial model.

Website URL:

www.thegivingwall.org

Type of submitter

  • We are not yet a registered organization but plan to register in future

Organization Headquarters: Country

United States

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Richmond / Virginia

Attachments (1)

Get to Know The Giving Wall 7.2019.pdf

Nearly 39 million people live in poverty in the United States – people who work hard, love hard, and who are forced to live hard lives because of systems designed to cast out, entrap, and entangle people and families in an unconscionable caste system where the worth of humans is somehow unequal. The Giving Wall exists to support the nonprofits and government organizations working to right these heinous wrongs by meeting the needs of the most courageous and determined among us.

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Bonjour, c'est une idée géniale.

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Hi Becky Crump,
Your idea is definately eye catching! Do you have plans of bringing to to Africa?
Am from Uganda and my idea is : https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/1-capital-business-virtual-exchange. Take a look and give your thought.
I wish you the best and will be following your brilliant world changing project.

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Thank you Gastone Mwiine! The good news about The Giving Wall is that it can go anywhere in the world. All it requires are the right nonprofit partners who work in poverty on the ground and in the communities of great need -- and a supporter base eager to meet the unique and urgent needs of 'Believers' as they move from crisis to thriving. So, yes -- we could most certainly come to Africa. And quite frankly, your idea and mine pair very nicely together. The move from crisis to thriving is dependent upon skill-building and job/employment access. You are working in a very similar space with your mobile education centers – and I adore the idea. How far have you come with it, or are you in the idea phase and haven't begun testing?

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I am happy to see your progress Becky Crump on this platform so keep up the good work. To follow up on Gastone Mwiine perhaps you can collaborate as a partner from the US to scale your reach and impact beyond the sea with Muna Ismail from www.uk.iofc.org and Chau Tang Duncan from www.goodbanc.io who are building a Migration Lab Program which will become a finance platform for refugees and migrant re-builders who are playing the role of social entrepreneurs in the Horn of Africa and East Africa https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/ideas/enabling-payments-for-ecosystem-services-via-goodwallet-for-idps-to-restore-land-in-kenya

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Hi Becky Crump welcome to our idea and happy to collaborate. The more we engage with the IDP and communities, the better we are able to serve them. On the ground, access to finance can help the human journey from survival to livelihood. The ability to have income generating activity, from local resources is a great start. we are working with communities that support access to education and employment in support of their self-sufficiency, but also beyond self sufficiency to creating livelihoods & opportunities for others through social entrepeneurship.

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Hi Becky, it would be great to collaborate as partners, to enable refugees and migrants in the diaspora to help contribute to the poor or IDP households in their countries of origin. In a way that they can support find them dignity and sustainable means of living.

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Hi Becky Crump , let us combine brains and do something mega.

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Hi Chau Tang Duncan. Thank you for your interest in The Giving Wall, and willingness to collaborate. I've spent some time on your site and am curious to learn more about the ways your supporting communities living in crisis reach financial thriving. We are moving into phase II with a hope to allow the supporters who come to the site the opportunity to put particular amounts of money monthly into their Giving Wall account, using it when they're ready in support of one of the Believers on the Wall. This will go live in the next 6 months. If you have any thoughts around the idea, I'd love to read them. We don't want to move into becoming a financial institution in any capacity -- we simply want to invite more people to the Giving Wall who may have have the financial resources to invest in one of the needs, but who could if given the ability to place a small sum in an account monthly. We would, of course, send them monthly balance update emails and connect them with corresponding needs. Thank you! And I look forward to learning more about the good work you all are doing!

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Hi Muna Ismail. I just ventured to your website and have returned here; I must say that they work you're doing is exciting, and is close to my heart. I work in human development inside a large global organization and am currently creating curriculum to move them into a place of self awareness, in support of a more conscious and socially focused future. What I did not understand from the site are the ways in which you're supporting refugees and migrants? Is your main focus as an organization training and development in support of people and planet? How is the work being received within organization? Within the refugee support work, do you find the need for the 'public' to meet their unique and urgent needs, as we do at The Giving Wall? Look so very forward to learning more! Many thanks.

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Thank you Bremley Lyngdoh. Everyone's contributions here have been incredibly helpful in opening my eyes to potential markets, partnerships, and have helped me put language to my beliefs as I work to respond to their thoughtful questions and comments. I've reached out to both Muna and Chau to learn more of their work – I'm very intrigued by both and appreciate the connections made. All the best!

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Thanks @Becky Crump. The idea works well. I have learnt that most vulnerable people learn skills faster with video modelling simply because it demonstrates every step of the process and can be viewed over and over again until the skill being taught is mastered.
So far, 5 people have accepted to donate their skills and I have recorded two of them. I will soon be uploading the video models on Tech me home YouTube channel.
I have tested the first video lecture among refugee youth, homeless vulnerable women living in slums of Kampala, some poor youth and guess what! Some have already started producing products from where they stay, homes, verandahs and the number of them seeking this knowledge is increasing.
I will be uploading pictures of the first products produced after learning with the video content..
I have not tested in IDP camps and other areas but I have interviewed people living in such areas and results show it works perfect.
I believe they "Tech Me Home Bus" will help to fix a problem of infrastructure as it will act as a mobile classroom/workshop hall.

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Good work. Courage!

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Thank you very much, NDEF Cameroon !

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Hi Becky Crump great to have you in the Challenge! This challenge is specifically focusing on people who have been displaced and communities on the move. You mentioned working with others in the US on this in a part of your submission, but could you share more details specifically about your plan of action and how you will made a difference on the ground to meet the needs of these communities on the move or these internally displaced persons? If you haven't done so yet, I'd recommend also taking a little time to dive into the Challenge Brief: https://bit.ly/2LbtI5d and Evaluation Criteria: https://bit.ly/32jkCIM.
I wonder if Isaac Jumba  has any thoughts to add?

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Hi Bremley Lyngdoh! Thank you so very much for the thoughtful question – which was clearly born from spending meaningful time with the content above. Much appreciated! The Giving Wall serves those living in poverty who are actively working to move from a place of crisis caused by unseen barriers, just as powerful as any contrived border or physical impediment. The are entrapped and entangled in systems designed to oppress communities of human beings, and require support on their hard-fought journey from the emotional and physical place in which they live – to the ones they deserve. Poverty is a global crisis, and this is a solution that can run alongside organizations working on the ground in communities across the globe, by breaking and building narratives and meeting unique, urgent, and life-changing needs. I believe based on all I've read, The Giving Wall is an excellent candidate for the challenge. Please share if you feel differently – or if you seen an opportunity for me to change any of the language above! Feedback is ALWAYS welcome. Thanks, Bremley!

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Thank you Becky Crump  for sharing more insights about Giving Wall. I'm really impressed by the achievements you have had so far for only 7 months of operations. The videos were really helpful in helping me understand how the platform really works, and the trust and validation that is in place.

Building on Bremley Lyngdoh 's earlier question - I wonder if you could share/think deeper about the community you are serving with respect to the challenge question - even though affected by poverty, which people on the move do you see your idea most addressing? How are you currently interacting with them? Which other people around the world would you envision the platform could be beneficial for? The prototyping toolkit could be useful is seeing what other aspects you can test: https://uploads-ssl.webflow.com/5a147545b687370001bfd10c/5d1669546ad3cba5e81bf634_Prototyping%20Toolkit_BB2019.pdf

Sevde Şengün  Harshita Nedunuri  Would love your inputs !

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Becky Crump , thank you for sharing your ideas and insights! The Giving Wall is a really innovative project and I appreciate your thoroughness with all of the resources (videos & attachments) you included. Echoing Isaac Jumba , I wonder if through the process of testing and researching about others who could be impacted by the platform, the project could focus in on a portion of the displacement journey or align more closely with an opportunity area?

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A well-made and openly-accepted point Isaac Jumba - thank you! The Giving Wall you're experiencing today was actually born from the prototype model, with a dash of Lean Startup thrown in. To answer your human interaction question: The person-to-person moments are shared in communities between the career advisors and their clients (aka: the people The Giving Wall supports). We only partner with nonprofits who have a tour de force (career advisors, caseworkers, or social workers) in those communities where poverty is common – a force dedicated to connecting them with wrap around services that support them on their hard-fought journey from crisis to thriving. The Giving Wall, in this way, is the technology provider and marketing engine that blocks and tackles the needs that can thwart the efforts and work of these nonprofits and their career advisors. Thus, wherever there are nonprofit organizations embedded within communities doing the similar work of supporting humans in accessing education and employment in support of their self-sufficiency, The Giving Wall can go.

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Harshita Nedunuri The truth is that we're all talking about displacement as though public housing doesn't count; it does, it deeply does. In its origin people were intentionally pushed to the periphery and forced to live in 'camps' alongside others 'like them' who weren't welcome in the community. The human beings who live in these low resourced communities were displaced decades and decades ago because of the color of their skin and have been confined to them and entrapped by systems and legislation to keep them there. We need to expand our definition of what it means to be displaced, in my opinion. And yes, we could absolutely look to support communities on the move today -- the technology is in place, all we'd need are the right partners working at the point of care with the members of the community. We can upload needs quickly and market those needs to the community with the ask for speedy support. Thank you for the generous feedback and question!

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Great idea

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Thank you, Rexford Kwabena Essuman  - I'm so pleased you think so! I welcome all feedback as you explore our work.

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Hi, Becky
It is interesting to read your idea,as I was reading I found the questions to ask you.How will you deliver your information to them?.
Are they to access first your teachings or how will you reach out to them?what will you do first to them?you have said that they may be poor,are they able to afford your services?

Thanks

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Hi geoffrey mosigisi - thank you for your most generous questions! We don't have teachings for our community to access, yet -- although will in the future as we scale. Right now we have only the matching program where you can meet the needs of people living in poverty. We are only in the City of Richmond, but are looking to scale into other cities locally and globally. And those living in poverty don't purchase our services -- those in the City who can afford it do. It's been the loving and helpful initiatives -- and I can't want to watch it grow.

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Hi Becky,

This is a great project and proposal. I enjoyed learning about The Giving Wall and how it can directly impact those living in poverty. I would be interested to know the answer to Bremley's question, but I also wanted to know some statistics from the implementation thus far. You indicated that you are in the early adoption phase of the project, so could you provide some figures on the impact of The Giving Wall? It would be really interesting to see how many people have been positively affected by the system to recognize the full potential of the program.

Looking forward to your response and seeing how the project unfolds!

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Muaadh Abdo Saeed Ahmed - Thank you for your enthusiasm about The Giving Wall! It's as wonderful as it seems, I must say. I answered Bremley's question above; I hope you find the answer helpful. In regard to your question about figures – all are in the PDF titled "Get to know The Giving Wall". It's at the bottom of the page in the "attachments" section. Do you think I should move those stats to the main copy? Any particular section, if yes? I don't want folks to have to dig for it. My thanks to you for your support! - Becky

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Amazing work you have going on there. Best of luck!!!

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Thank you Udoka Inwang! Appreciate you very much for taking time to learn about The Giving Wall - and for your support! - Becky