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TALENTSCOUTS – back a project with your skills

An on-line and/or offline platform where young people create a project they want to develop, with a pledge system of talent that help them for the realization of it.The backers will share their talents and skills with peers, being like mentors.

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This weekend the OpenIDEO meetup Singapore community has gathered to brainstorm for new ideas. This time, we have done a meetup together with other project running in Singapore that is tackling urban poverty. During the session, we have the chance to talk with young people that have a more disadvantage situation. They shared stories about their daily life and motivations and dreams they have. One thing we have learned is that they feel very discourage about their future and they don’t believe their skills are good enough for success in life. 

Through this platform (that could be on-line, or offline for neighbourhoods with less access to internet using instead a notice board for example) young people can create a project, for example, a football team and ask for a coach or a goalkeeper that is willing to teach them, and maybe be part of the team as well. 

Other examples could be from how to play piano, or how to build a robot with some cardboard boxes.

This platform could be for neighbourhoods and also for schools where teachers can help providing spaces for developing the projects.

Learning from their peers, young users will feel more comfortable and empowered, helping to thrive their confidence. 

This way of sharing of skills is also good for the volunteer that is mentoring since it gives him a sense of ownership and responsibility for the project and by sharing and teaching others will nurture his confidence. It will also help for a sense of community and collaboration developing projects with other peers. 

UPDATE #1: The platform allows to post skills or expertise that someone wants to offer so it can trigger a new project. 

There will be also geotag so is easier to locate projects and search for the ones that are closer to you. 

This project can work together with Kidhub concept: 


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.

Young people are the actual users of this platform. It is also open for the participation of adults or teachers that can help or provide the guidelines for a specific project.

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?

This idea could be easily implemented almost anywhere. It could be related to a community, a school, or a neighbourhood, since the vicinity between the peers would help for the gathering during the realisation of the projects.

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

I would love to have your feedback as well as the feedback of other fellow openideoders! Advice from experts or teachers would help as well.


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Absolutely fantastic way to solve the issue of collaboration!

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