Our idea is The Peace First Challenge, an initiative from Peace First that through a digital platform supports young people to turn ideas to address injustices in their communities into projects by providing them with support through tools, mentorship, and real dollars.
It tackles the problem of the lack of spaces for young people to channel their frustrations and anger about injustices in a positive way through work that is not only deep but that is also replicable and scalable through the use of digital mentors and a supportive online community.
It intersects peace, prosperity, and planet as young people address issues of inequality and the environment amongst others while trying to solve these issues by using their peacemaking skills that we help them learn through experience. In practice, a young person that sees an injustice they feel frustrated about and angry about might come online to a search engine, we have been developing a Search Engine Optimization strategy to ensure they find us and then, from the moment they come to the platform, they start learning how to turn their feelings into action.
They start by fine tuning the selection of the injustice they want to solve, they then go deep into their understanding of that injustice to come up with an insight which then gets turned into a plan that is taken into action through the support of mini-grants, a supportive community, and digital mentors.
We were founded in 1996 by a group of young people but after more than 20 years working in physical spaces, we are reimagining ourselves and are now in a startup phase as we move to provide support to young people through a digital platform.
We are through the middle of our fully fledged pilot where we have been supporting teams from 40 states. Projects from young people are trying to address injustices around poverty and inequality, racism, bullying and the environment amongst others.
Some examples of projects include:
- Online Bullying - It Ends With You
- Violence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men around the world
- The environment is suffering: climate change, pollution, deforestation
Proposal updates during beneficiary feedback
Over the past few weeks, during the time of this phase of the Bridge Builder OpenIDEO challenge, we have conducted beneficiary feedback and have worked on a series of co-design workshops to start acting on some of the feedback we have received.
We are working on a prototype that reflects those changes and for which we should have results next week.
The Timeline of our most recent activities
Week of May 1 - user feedback interviews and usability sessions
Week of May 8 - co-design workshops and prototype building
Week of May 15 - We have scheduled to test prototype this week
WE HAVE ATTACHED THE FULL USER EXPERIENCE MAP TO THIS IDEA POST AND THE INDIVIDUAL PAGES ARE AT THE TOP
WE HAVE ALSO ATTACHED A SUMMARY OF THE USER FEEDBACK AS WELL AS THE RESULTS FROM THE CO-DESIGN WORKSHOPS
WE HAVE ALSO ATTACHED A FEW SCREENSHOTS OF THE PROTOTYPE THAT WE WILL BE TESTING ON MAY 14 AND MAY 15