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Issue, Idea, Contest Website

Bi-Weekly post 3-5 "issues" and ask kids for their thoughts and solutions. Provide a way to offer positive feedback and the ability to vote on the "best" ideas. Winners receive constructive feedback from an expert and a prize provided by sponsor.

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Set-up a website where kids and teens can anonymously post ideas related to a rotating list of "topics" (for example: clean drinking water in africa, hunger in america, youth offender programs, etc.). Other kids would "vote" on the ideas they like the most and have the opportunity to leave positive feedback (I think of the drop-down list of encouraging comments you can send to your pizza chef after you place an online order from dominoes..."keep up the good work", "thanks for spending your free time to help others", etc). Category winners every 2 weeks would have an expert provide constructive criticism on their ideas and offer encouragement. The winner would also receive a prize from the contest sponsor. 

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

I think the first step to developing this idea would be to set up a simple website and invite kids to participate in the challenge of designing the site. Periodic future challenges could focus on site improvement ideas also so the forum keeps evolving based on input from the creative community.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

I think by addressing cultural issues across the world, bringing on experts from across the globe to provide feedback, and hopefully the successful implementation of some ideas (both "winners" and those that didn't make that cut) will encourage a wide variety of kids to participate. Like adults, kids like validation, encouragement and the opportunity to be rewarded for their success. I think this site will evolve to offer all of this to encourage kids to think about issues and submit their ideas.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Website design would be a big help. I would also welcome help from anyone who has ideas about how to attract sponsors and experts to participate in the exchange. In the spirit of creativity and help and feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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Very interesting idea. What ages do you think the kids participating will be? I think it might be useful to think ways kids communicate most effectively. Kids tend to be more visual and playful. What language ( drawings, sketches) and helpful cues could you use to encourage kids to use the platform? What type of experts would get kids excited? What topics will engage kids to share their ideas? I can't wait to see where you take this idea. Do you have access to kids? Try asking them how they feel about it and maybe paper prototype it.