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"DreamStarter" UPDATED 09/12/2013 - Functionalities, prototype + what will the future look like

"DreamStarter" is a Kickstarter-inspired platform where kids creative dreams come into reality, thanks to the community participation. DreamStarter redefine crowdfunding experience.

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V4 (Updated 12/09/2013)

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Beta version of the digital platform was refined :

http://cenelaine.wix.com/dreamstarterbeta

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New functionality proposition :

Add a "mentor" login possibility

>>> On the DreamStarter platform you could login eather :

- As a "visitor" (visiting the different dreams / dreamstarters / you have the possibility to post some comments)

- A "DreamStarter" (proposing your dream and collaborating to make it come true)

- A "Mentor" (proposing your help)

Could imagine a kind of market place aera : where mentors meat dreamstarters

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Communication approach proposition :

What if we ask this kids to be Dream Starters Ambassadors ? :

http://www.buzzfeed.com/amex/10-kids-changing-the-tech-world

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V3 (Updated 12/01/2013)

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Beta version of the digital platform was prototyped :

http://cenelaine.wix.com/dreamstarterbeta

Many thanks to Elaine Cen !

+ New proposition : create a "parent entry", to let them know about the DreamStarter Principles, reassurance on security / child protection.



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V2 (Updated 11/25/2013)

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What's new ? / Precisions :

  • "Kickstarter Kids" becomes "DreamStarter - Where kids creative dreams come into reality"
  • A platform dedicated to kids (the only users), from 10 to 15 yo (to be confirmed)
  • Redefining crowdfunding : on dreamstarter.com, kids don't look for money, but for advices, material a/o immaterial help.
  • "creative dreams" should be something to create / build, in order to make it "'achievable" (throw my puppet into space vs become a super hero). We'll give examples to help kids express their creative dream.
  • Dream expression toolkit : ergonomics and easy to use functions to help kids expression their dreams, either through video, drawing or writing. 
  • 2 possible entries : share a dream / explore dreams
  • Limited time (choosen by the kids) to achieve each dream.
  • "Social" Achievement of the dream. "Dream Teams" are to be created, dedicated to a specific dream.
  • Possible geolocalisation function, to identify close potential members of the team (neighborhood)
  • Per Dream / User / Dream Team : forum widget / platform (to be defined further), kind of "hub" where kids can interact and make the dream come true (advices, contents, schedule, meeting, drawing, visio, etc.)
  • "Achieved !" function to be used by the kids, once he thinks the dream has come to reality. (+ result publication - pics, videos, etc.)


How could the concept work for people with limited / no Internet access - countries in development etc. ?

A physical "DreamBoards" could be installed in School Lobbies : each student could publish its creative dream project, with contact infos in order to create the team.

For developping countries : with the help of a NGO (to be defined) > installation of the "DreamBoards" in the classrooms + explanation of the concept. When the board is full, NGO sent the papers with the different creative dreams to the DreamStarter team. Publication on the website + solution to be imagined to bring kids together.

Coming soon / To be defined / Action required (experts are welcome ;-) :

  • Legal aspect / Privacy / Kids protection
  • Prototyping (both digital platform + DreamBoards toolkit)
  • Scenario writing
  • How to Drive-to-Platform
  • DreamTeam Hub specifications
  • Strengths & Weaknesses



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V1 (Conception Phase)

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Adapt the Kickstarter platform and create a "kids" version of it.
The concept : kids post their “creative dream” / members of the community helps the “kidstarters” to achieve this creative dream, bringing diverse solutions to make it possible.

Kickstarter is great community that can transform innovative dreams into reality. 

What if we use it to transform kids creative dreams into reality ?

We could create a Kickstarter kids brand, and use most of the platform functionalities to help kids achieve their creative dreams.

You are a kids ? You have a creative dream (ex : send your puppet into space) ? You can post your dream on the platform + your first identified needs.
Then members of the community (adults a/o kids) will have the possibility to help you developping your creative dream. Not only with money, but with advices, solutions, gifts… all what could help and participate to the achievement of the creative dream.

One creative dream would be “funded” when it comes into reality.

*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

In the future, adults will be more confortable with their creative confidence, because they will have been educated believing in their dreams, and acting to make them come true, they will think again that every thing is possible. They will have the power to act for their dream. Imagine how the world could change. The relationship between kids / adults in the sphere of education will be better to. With this idea, the progress will be endless : kids will become adults, and will then help their kids nurrishing their creative confidence, etc.

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.

[ 12/09/2013 update ] Next crucial step will consist in testing the dream starter concept with kids from 10 to 15 years old. We are going to create a Dream Starter International Beta Tester Team. First question to ask will be about the kids dream, then about the DreamStarter approach. [11/25/2013 Update] DreamStarter is a Kids platform, with only kids users. ---- We could invite a small kids + adults community to test a beta version of the brand platform.

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?

[11/25/2013 Update] "DreamBoards" proposition for kids who won't have any Internet acces.s ---- kickstarters is a duplicable platform.

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

[11/25/2013 Update] - Prototyping advices - Legal / Juridic advices - NGO advices ---- this is a first idea, I need the open ideo community diverse talents to roll it out !

Evaluation results

9 evaluations so far

1. How well do you feel this idea could inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?

Really well – feels like this idea would kickstart creative confidence in young people everywhere - 33.3%

It's getting there – but it seems to need further work to really inspire creative confidence - 55.6%

I don't think this idea would significantly inspire young people's creative confidence - 11.1%

2. Does this idea have enough momentum behind it to successfully spread and scale to diverse groups of young people globally?

Absolutely – it's inspiring, engaging and I'm sure young people everywhere would be excited to participate - 11.1%

Maybe, but we'd need to figure out more details to really help this idea get adopted more widely - 88.9%

Nope, I don't see this idea having global appeal for diverse audiences of young people - 0%

3. Does this idea show potential for lasting impact on generations of young people and their creative confidence?

This idea seems to have staying power and could impact young people for years to come - 11.1%

I think there's potential for lasting impact but it's not totally clear what that would look like - 77.8%

It feels like this idea is more of a short-term solution that may not last into the future - 11.1%

4. Would this idea appeal to young people who are already creatively confident as well as those who are not?

Absolutely – it would be appealling and accessible to young people of all creative levels and abilities - 33.3%

Probably – but young people who don't consider themselves very creative might need a little extra support or coaching - 33.3%

Not really – this idea is really best suited for young people who already see themselves as creatively confident - 33.3%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

It rocked my world - 22.2%

I liked it but preferred others - 55.6%

It didn't get me overly excited - 22.2%

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Love the idea, has many interesting parts to it, very much enjoyed reading through.

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Love your Idea Mathieu!

Just one comment, why don't let the child to co-operate on dreams (project) - I mean, some dream are common, and can be shared and accomplished together.
Just like the OpenIDEO platform, where everyone can contribute at each stage, Immagine other child to co-operate to achive the same dream.

What you think?

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I really like the idea of helping kids to become their dreams real, as a community; with the help of everybody. But I would change the range of age, maybe 7or8-15 instead of 10-15 years.
congrats for the webpage, it looks amazing.

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Hi Mathieu,

Congrats on the fantastic submission!

I just wanted to let you know that I created a document, which could be called Volume I, regarding grants. I've been having a difficult time posting it/uploading the google doc but I do have a link on my profile page for: "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches".

You should be able to access the link on my profile though I believe it brings you to my google drive. . .but it's there for you to peruse! Hopefully, it will help you secure some funding for your awesome program!

Best,
Mandy

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New link to the "Grant Writing - Advice from the Trenches" document! This one should work, fingers crossed:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_wsTrSxUjAYdEYwOGZwbDAwZ2s/edit

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thanks Mandy , it looks as if it works ! I'm going to read your document. Kind regards, Mathieu

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Evaluation phase is coming soon !
Thanks to all for your support, applauses, comments & helps to refine the DreamStarter project. Hope this will continue.
See you soon, here or elsewhere !
Mathieu

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Mathieu, I love that your idea takes an existing platform and addresses an even more specific age group. Would you mind walking me through the specifics of how the crowd would actually turn dreams into realities for kids, especially for some of the more outlandish ideas. For example, if a kid dreamed of something like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs with food falling down from the sky, how would the crowd begin to turn that into reality?

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This is a great idea, definitely good way of combining technology with design learning. I have a couple of questions.
Are the ideas pretty open ended or more for an educational purpose? How will the criteria be determined to judge if an idea is good? Will this mainly be community based?

I like the idea of scenario writing. However, do you have specific sections in mind of the ideas. For example, I would think there should be an educational project section, something like a "just for fun" section, maybe sections involving different materials, etc.

From my own experiences growing up, sometimes there was an issue with being heard with your ideas as a kid and I think this is a great way to change that. Kids have great imaginations that can lead to creative solutions. I also think that the ideas need to be well supported by the parents or educators of a child and to see how executable they are. How can you determine this or encourage parents to participate?

Overall a great idea!

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DeletedUser

Awesome platform, and almost guaranteed to get positive feedback because of its similarity to KickStarter - which has experienced so much success. All the best.

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Hi Mathieu!!! Have you looked into free websites that can host a prototype of your idea? All you might need for the prototyping phase is a forum that can hold pictures and text. You have an awesome idea that I hope makes it to conception! :)

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Thanks Elaine. I'm going to check that.

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No problem.

Also, what do you think about the kids having a virtual mentor to lead them through the kickstarter process? These mentors can come from volunteers from colleges/high schools or adults. Just noticed the OpenIDEO comment about refinement for this idea.

I'll get back to you about websites...do you already have a prototype in mind?

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Elaine I've just updated the concept, I'll be interested to have your feedback.

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For the prototype : it depends on what is possible with free forum platforms. I think the design of the interface is crucial (even if it's just a prototype, because we need to get kids involved). I'm going to look for that too.

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I like what you've updated with! I can make something in a bit and send it to you to see what you think!

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This is a mock-up of the website. At the moment, I know of people who have the coding ability to actually make a website from scratch with the functionality you might be looking for. However, this is just a design: http://cenelaine.wix.com/dreamstarterbeta
Links work, content isn't included, and the links to sign-up/go to the "DreamStarter Forum" are mock-up as well.

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Thanks Elaine for the first beta it's great to see the idea becoming more real. I'm going to post an update about it. Let me know if you have the possibility / time to refine this beta version. How could we insert a forum function to test it with kids ? Kids post their dream, and community just react thanks to the forum. Could be a great way to get insights. What do you think ?

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Hi everyone, great to see this idea being realised. I visited your test website, and since I'm a UX researcher I thought you might find some viewpoints from that angle useful. This is an article on some user research done on designing web sites for teens:
http://www.nngroup.com/articles/usability-of-websites-for-teenagers/

The article is fairly broad, but has some good ideas about what to watch out for when designing for this particular age group.

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Awesome updates with your beta version of the digital platform, Mathieu (and some great tips in that article, Bhargava) Loving the start you've made on reassuring parents. Are you planning to engage with any young people, parents, potential mentors in your own local community as you refine the idea further? Could be a great way of gaining some deeper insights from real people as you continue to evolve your idea. We're excited to see what they think and what suggestions they might have towards refinement based on their various needs, aspirations, hopes, fears – and of course, dreams ;^)

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Awesome global collaboration on the site mock-up, Mathieu & Elaine!

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Thanks Meena!

Mathieu, I'm going to redo the website mock-up a bit so that it's less flashy/colorful. I'll let you know what I come up with. Do you have any added ideas as well? I made a forum that pops up when you click on "Sign In" at the bottom right, but I'm not sure if anyone saw that. Is that more of the direction you'd think you'd like to take?

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Hi Elaine. Thanks again for your help. I think this first version of the website helps imaginating the project. Before re-working it we should focus on the different spec, but time is running out ! Maybe during or after the evaluation phase ? There is a important point highlighted by Cynthia Koo, about the need to help kids expressing their dreams, which is not that easy. Mentors could help, but we should imagine a specific tool for that.

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Maybe you could tie up with some folks who are willing to mentor young entrepreneurs. For example some students at my business school are working with High school students to help them raise funds and create a working robot to enter a competition. A lot of Business schools have what they call Executives in residence maybe Dream starter can have some people from industry volunteer some time to mentor Dream Starter Candidates through the process of not only raising funds but also how to move forward.

Also if they are unable to raise funds kids can get discouraged maybe a mentor could help work out why the campaign didn't work and how to refine it.

I apologize if someone has already said this before I haven't had the time to go through the whole concept

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Thanks Mansi. Maybe we should think about a Mentor profile indeed. You could log in as a kid or as a mentor.

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Love the idea! How would teachers and kids find out about it?

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I can envision working with organizations like The Future Project and Citizen Schools (and tons more like them) whose mission is to expand what's possible in the world of kids - to have a Dreamstarter Project be a critical part of their programs/curriculum.

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Do y'all think we could look into starting in schools as part of their projects they need to do? It'd be a fun semester-long activity! :D

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Mathieu, I can't express how much I love this idea! I think there is so much opportunity in inspiring people to coalesce around making the dreams of kids come true. On the one hand, learning that one can fulfill one's wildest dreams at any age is a lifelong blessing and priceless. For the contributors, mentors, team members, for us as adults, to watch a kid make a dream of theirs come true (and to have been able to help) is... awe-inspiring. I'd love to live in the kind of world where this happens more often. :)

Take a look at The Future Project (http://www.thefutureproject.org). It's a program that came into being 2 years ago whose mission is aligned with the goal of this challenge and the spirit of your idea. I was involved last year as a coach--essentially, Future Coaches were assigned to Future Fellows (high school students who applied to the program and showed leadership potential), who spent the year identifying a passion of theirs and then building a project to bring it to life.

My fellow loved photography, so she started a portrait photography business, her first clients being her fellow students.

It was an amazingly fulfilling experience. But one challenge that came up that I think might affect Dreamstarter was that it's actually not trivial for a kid, even a high school student, to articulate what their dreams are... let alone pitch them to a crowd of strangers. As coaches, a large part of what we did was to expose our Fellow to things that would inspire them with a dream, with a passion that could be turned into a Future Project. It was, according to a lot of coaches I spoke with, one of the hardest parts of the job.

The implication of this for Dreamstarter would be potentially needing to provide coaching for kids who need help with ARTICULATING their dream, articulating their pitch, explaining why they want what they want, why it's important to them--why it's important to the world.

Essentially, the question would be, how many kids would post projects willingly and effectively convince people to help? Or rather, how can the service help kids post projects and effectively convince people to help? (Maybe involve teachers, asking them to make it an assignment to post a Dreamstarter project.)

So many possibilities!

Great idea once again!

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Hi Cynthia, thanks fo your comment. Your point is really, really interesting. I didn't thought about that, I think you highlight an important challenge. How could we help them express their dreams. I'm going to think about that.
The Future Project looks great too, I've just given my dream + email and will check for the updates. See you and thanks again.

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My pleasure :) I just got your invite to join your virtual team - I'm honored!

And I just had a follow-up thought -- as I was thinking about this overall challenge ("How might we inspire young people to cultivate their creative confidence?"), I was thinking that one way to get kids to believe in their creativity as well as efficacy might be to involve them in solving challenges that plague the adult world. To task them with challenges that provide them with a framework to work within. These can be as big as global warming or as small as helping out the local grocery store.

To address the challenge of helping kids figure out what they can do/dream, maybe tasking them with "missions" would be a way to inspire them and to give them something to work with. (e.g. "Your mission: figure out one way to save the rainforest")

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It's a great idea! The mockup looks clean and extremely easy to navigate

I have two suggestions:

1. Besides the example of the dream on the For Kids page where the description would lie, we need to put in what expertise/materials are required.

Example:

What I need to achieve this: A bicycle, helmet and a sack.

Each person should be able to contribute to one or many or the things and the transaction should be recorded.

2. Can parents enlist dreams of the children? This could be useful for parents who don't know available options and seek recommendations and for those who can't afford

Example:

My 15 year old son, Mishank, yearns to go hiking to the Himalayas. I am petrified of sending him if he has no support group and so seek recommendations for the same. I also seek borrowing mountaineering gear for his expedition.

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Great example & insight, Jinal!

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Mathieu, I plan to provide another Field Note update on all the Refinement ideas by Sunday (Dec 1). Let me know by Saturday 6 pm EST USA if there is anything you want me to highlight to help progress your concept. Any prototypes completed, any assistance needed, any breakthroughs or anything you want to highlight. You can provide me video or text. I will consolidate. Thanks in advance.

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Dear Mathieu,
Here´s what I had envisioned in the Ideas Phase. Give it a look, it might help you refine the off - line part of your Concept: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/mock-up-city/
Abrazo,
Tiago

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Love the new name!

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Mathieu, I did a prototype of the Electronster idea. During the process, I was thinking it would be a good idea to have a template / guideline that quickly lets people know how to prototype an idea. I've uploaded the template/guideline I used for the Electronster idea (very simple). Thought is people can download the guideline (which tells them what/how to prototype your idea) and prototype. Hopefully helpful.

Guideline I used: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/100096797/Prototype%20Template%20HD.pdf

Guideline Template others can use: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/100096797/Prototype%20Template%20v1.pdf

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Exciting updates, Mathieu! Could also be good to think about how you might involve some real end users (kids! :^) in your strides to refine. Doesn't necessarily mean you'd need to build a web platform for them to use – but could there be some part of this idea you could try out with real kids to see what you might learn about the way they think, their limitations, where the gaps might be, what they're excited about, what they're capable of, what they actively ask for help with, etc. We're excited to think about how your idea might evolve by exploring *with* kids.

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Mathieu, your concept is highlighted in this week's Field Note

http://www.openideo.com/fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/creative-confidence-challenge-community-champion-update-10/

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Dear Mathieu,
Have you seen the Home Sessions Concept in the shortlist?
I strongly believe that the 2 might merge in a more powerful and scalable project.
Give it a thought. I already wrote Sonja, its creator. She might contact you soon.
Congrats and keep up the good work!

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Thanks Tiago. I'm gonna check that. See you.

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Mathieu, my name is Hao Dinh, the Challenge Community Champion. Congrats on being shortlisted. So many good ideas thus I want to make it easy for folks to quickly educate themselves on the ideas so they can focus on helping refine the concepts.

Can you provide me an elevator speech of your idea, maximum 10 seconds audio/video. Or you can reply to my post with text. I plan to consolidate the elevator speeches into one Field Note. (Field Notes are weekly challenge updates)

My thought is to provide you an opportunity to hype up your concept, ask for whatever assistance you need or provide suggestions on how to prototype your idea.

Much appreciated if I can get your elevator speech by Friday (November 22) 11 pm EST USA.

Thank you in advance,
Hao

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Mathieu, sorry I meant 30 seconds not 10 seconds.

Also hints on developing a elevator speech: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/how-create-your-memorable-elevator-pitch-four-simple-steps/

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Hi Hao. I remember you, we met in the "Kids White House" concept comments (that was my 2nd concept). Thanks for you help. For me it's too early to make the elevator speech. I thought about a first drawing of the concept, but now it really needs to be refined. I have to examine all different comments, and get familiar with the openideo platform, which I use for the first time (so great).
So yes : I'll work on an elevator speech, but first I need to have the long version of it :)
Great , of course I accept your help on that cool work. I'll add you to my virtual team.
A first question : do you think we should use the Kickstarter Brand / Platform, or shall we get inspired by it, in order to create a new platform (with no visible link to kickstarter) ?
See you.

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Nice job on your Top 22 concept, Mathieu! We're loving the idea of kids being able to champion projects that they care about through a platform like Kickstarter. During Refinement, we have a few areas we'd encourage you to think about: first, many young people don't have experience fundraising for projects in this way. What tools or support would you want to provide them so that they know how to create compelling kickstarter-like campaigns and help them make smart decisions about how to use the money once they get funded? Also, given that there were a few similar ideas posted during the Ideas phase, we suggest you take a look at them and perhaps invite those community members to share their thinking and feedback with you to help your idea grow. For more tips for this Refinement phase, check out http://ideo.pn/cc-refinetips and catch our Lowdown on Refinement at http://bit.ly/oi_refine

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Ok thanks for that IDEO team :) I'm going to examine your smart remarks + the community comments to refine my / ou concept. See you.

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Mathieu, love the thinking behind this. Your idea is so great, something like it has already been developed! I work with a venture-backed startup named Piggybackr, a crowdfunding website that has been called the "Kickstarter for Kids," and launched earlier this year. It has helped hundreds of thousands of kids in 47 of 50 states fundraise for their schools, causes, entrepreneurial projects, and sports teams by providing the platform and education to get them started. Check out some examples here: https://www.piggybackr.com/examples. There have been some truly uplifting stories to come from these fundraisers.

That said, this challenge specifically asks for a solution that involves the children in the design and also one that is cross-cultural and international. I think one of the trickiest parts with a platform like this is first making sure the privacy and terms & conditions are squared away. Any site or application that involves a child (under 13) creating an account, or public persona must be truste and COPPA compliant. I am not sure how other countries approach this, but it's something to look into.

One idea I have to build on top of the Piggybackr platform, is giving the children more freedom to customize their fundraising page. I also love your idea of people being able to share advice and solutions in addition to or in place of $. How do you think that might look?

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Thanks Justine for your comment and benchmark. How it looks like : I don't really know yet but I'm going to work about it !

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Hi Mathieu,

May be not a kickstarter - for money (under age of 15 will be very in EU very difficult) , but a show room - exhibit their work as model in museum style ?

Many dreams can't be done NOW, but they can be visualizes, this is why we have in Visualllab idea of DreamLand.

Please, can you think how to make a HEXAGON from it ?

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Please, can you think how to make a HEXAGON from it ?

http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/visualllab.net-network-of-next-generation-creativity-research-centres-for-upcomming-digital-kids/

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What if instead of requesting money, the kids requested resources... more of a gift registry concept. Does that get around some of the COPA concerns?

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Hi Rudolf! When I was young, I had an rotating art exhibit in 5 libraries in my community. I wonder if you could have a kickstarter type platform that earns 'space' or people nominate where the project can be seen and recognized in local communities around the country. That way it's not about raising money but about nominating one's space for display.

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hi all - really interesting idea Mathieu. Just in response to Dina's suggestion of space, thought I'd post up a really successfull project in the UK called Somewhere_to as it might spark some ideas and inspiration about non-monetary support:

http://somewhereto.com/

somewhereto_ is a service that helps young people access space.
Since June 2010, somewhereto_ has unlocked over 380,000 sq ft of space (both physical and digital) across the UK which was previously empty or underused (the rent value of which if leveraged would exceed £2m). We have also negotiated over 4,000 direct matches between spaces and young people in need of space, engaged with thousands of young people and reached millions through high-profile activity around space.

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Hi Mathieu,

I like your concept - assisting kids in making their own dreams come true.

Based on my personal experience running www.kidshaveadream.com for 7 years, I can only emphasize Justine´s point about the necessity of getting help from good lawyers for the "privacy" and "terms & conditions".

Copy right issues is another challenge to look into. This especially becomes an issue if you would like to scale the idea to marginalized youth (*who needs it the most), where the parent-child communication channel might not be working. Ex. The kids don´t like being at home. Another issue is off course their access to technology/internet

I would be really interested in hearing your ideas about how one could adapt your concept to fit marginalized youth in the developing world.

One last point to consider, is what age group you would like to target. My experience is that if you ask kids under 10 years old what they dream about for the future you will mostly get fantasy stories, because their cognition is developing. As the kids get older, introducing concepts like "Future" "Dream" "Discovery" "Action" becomes easier and a connected process. Ex. If I dream of becoming a famous soccer player in Champions League, I need to do x, y, z now.

I hope that was helpful. Good luck with the idea. I am happy to provide more ideas and feedback.

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Great feedback here, Anne - thanks for chiming in with your insights!

Matthieu, I really like your idea. Do you have any thoughts in response to Anne's questions? I'm especially interested in how/if you think this idea could help enable youth in the developing world to 'kickstart' their own projects, dreams and plans.

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Thanks Anne for your great comment (btw www.kidshaveadream.com is so cool :).
Sorry for the delay but i was very busy this last couple of days. A kind of hyper active hyper week.
About the question concerning the platform access to marginalized youth / developing world (@ashley too) : what if we imagine involving the kickstarters kids community on this smart reflexion ? let the kickstarter kids platform accessible to anyone + anywhere in the world could be a kids dream itself. This could be a theme to "launch" the platform. We could imagine a co-construction, making the kids think together about smart (design) solutions to adress the challenge. This would be a great way to make creative dreams possible for anyone and also to communicate on the "power" of the platform. What do you think of that ?
About the target age : agree. Kids shouldn't be too young for the evocated reasons. But not too old too, because we need to keep their creative freshness. What if we imagine something else than an age segmentation ? For exemple Running a quick questionnaire to check wether the kid is mature for this kind of project or not yet ?

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Pretty thought-provoking stuff, Mathieu. Love the idea of taking a successful social platform and make a version for kids - kind of like TEDx Youth and Youtube Space Lab which challenged kids to come up with science experiments which would then be performed live in space http://news.softpedia.com/news/Experiments-Proposed-by-Kids-on-YouTube-Performed-Live-on-the-International-Space-Station-292111.shtml
The name 'Kidstarter' springs to mind, but it might get confused with family planning services ;). How do you envision children being able to manage a 'campaign' on Kickstarter Kids? A normal campaign usually takes quite a lot of work, so I wonder how we might frame it to be easily accessible, managable and meaningful for kids?

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Good point Karoline, I'm going to think about that. But I'll need kickstarters experts to brainstorm :)