Uniting all youth of the world through one platform "Open Thought"
Everyone can be great, because everyone has a voice.
Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)
Youth make up 60 percent of the world's population. If any real change is going to happen in this world today, it rest in the hands of the youth. Although youth make up such a large percentage, they lack the resources and outlets necessary to get their ideas off the ground. Most major economies has a youth unemployment problem and youth also seem disinterested in entrepreneurship. Taking all of this into consideration, the project idea we are proposing is a "Educational Entertainment Media Platform" called "Open Thought" that will be managed and operated by youth to unite all youth across the youth.
Imagine having a Television Network ran by youth for youth? Imagine how this can inspire the current generation? It can tackle entrepreneurship problems, have multi-country youth discussions on current issues, host multiple conferences across the world on ideas that can make it a better place, investigate issues effecting youth in countries and share it with other countries who have similar issues. One of the perks of going to a good University is usually the cultural diversity and exposure, we can create that same atmosphere here at Open Thought. One of the biggest misconceptions about human civilizations in western society is that we are different but in actuality we are all the same and if we can find that common ground through open discussions and investigation, we are one step closer to world peace, prosperity and a safer planet.
Imagine CNN, Fox News or BBC but ran by youth who specializes in youth affairs and creating opportunities for youth? Any initiative that the UN or any world organization is trying to carry out can be advertise through that channel and with 60 percent of the world's population being youth - the odds of it succeeding is very high. Imagine having constant discussions about racism, imagine the possibilities of it being totally eradicated by the next generation as this current one becomes more informed. Open Thought is the change we need
Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)
Our beneficiaries are youth between ages 16-30 and their families. Youth do not have a world media platform, we can create that here. This is can life changing as this will create jobs as youth are able to build media platforms to tell their stories and share it with other youths around the world. Streaming and advertising online will allow youth to gain funds for their programs which will expand their initiatives within their community. How inspiring it will be for youth to have an app on their phone and as soon as they open it, they see youth like themselves championing world change? This outlet can mental stimulate the next great leader of our generation as he will have the resources and support group needed to implement world policies. The benefits are too much to list. The youth needs an solid outlet and Open Thought gives them that.
How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)
Open Thought is different in that it gives youth a media platform to voice and share their ideas, opinions and grievances with other youth from across the world. Monetizing each show will give youth a chance to use those funds for their initiatives thus providing real financial opportunities. It will have a Netflix like database.
1. It can cut down on youth employment by creating jobs within the media industry and also inspiring youth to create opportunities for themselves from the content they are watching.
2. Youth commit crimes is often a cry for attention they are not getting - this outlet gives them all the attention they so rightfully deserve potentially lowering youth crime.
3. The content can be monetize and youth can use that money to pursue their ambitions.
We give the youth hope and a voice- that alone makes this approach successful. It's not about competition - it's about bringing lasting change and building this youth outlet gives us a chance at that.
Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)
Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.
Majority Adoption: I have expanded the pilot significantly and the program product or service has been adopted by the majority of our intended user base.
Full Scale Roll Out: I have already tested and scaled this idea significantly with the intended user base.
Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)
We give youth a voice and chance to tell their stories.
Organization Filing Status
Yes, we are a registered non-profit.
Yes, we are a registered company.
In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.
I live in a country where there is a selective group of youth people who get all the opportunities and chances. I wanted to create an outlet that gave everyone a chance at getting opportunities. We cannot achieve change acquiring on the ideas of only the privileged individuals, we must achieve change by giving everyone a voice.
Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).
For an idea bridging Peace, Prosperity and Planet, you might explain that: Peace is influenced by poltical tensions in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Prosperity has been impacted by colonialism and poor governance, Planet has been impacted by climate change and hurricanes, which has specifically hurt the fishing inudstry.
Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)
Open Thought usually runs a web show so that will need cameramen, video editor, and producer to make it work. Basically is needed is a production team and a businessman to create opportunities for the show to be monetized.
We have been involved with the youths in our community in putting together 2 web shows in the past. Both create opportunities for all participants and inspired youths of the communities. Every week that I go into public people often ask me about the show or express their ideas and concerns with me. The show has been life changing for me and i hope other youth will be able to say the same in other countries.
Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)
1. My country is close to the USA so getting equipment here to build a solid production studio is easy.
2. Finding youth to be a part of it will be easy as well as we have a fan base already
3. We have a great reputation locally
4. We already have an already established outlet
All regions just like the name(Open Thought) implies - it's open to everyone.
How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)
We will have to see what countries will be able to maintain it and once that's sorted out, we can have it running in no time. We will have to see what type of content can be generated once we have a list of countries on board. This is a lifetime investment that will carry over to future generations.
Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)