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Connecting Community Leaders through Facebook for Education in Emergencies

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What problem does your innovation solve?

My innovation will solve the problem of Teachers and Peer and Global Community Support in Emergency situations. The different groups come together to address global problems. So for instance,if there is an educational challenge pertaining to content and delivery then the global community of teachers,trainers and curriculum developers come together to contribute. There could be an Expert Group for each field that can consulted before the idea is built further or implemented.

Explain your innovation.

The Innovation is Connecting the current Facebook Community Building Idea to Education in Emergencies Challenge. Facebook is widely used by people of all age groups. People spend so much time on it,irrespective of whether they are stay-at home or professional adults or school students. This would require getting in touch with the Facebook company leaders or anyone who can atleast fix up a global online chat to share and discuss. I am trying my best but I am not sure how much time it will take for them to respond or discuss or whether they are willing. Professionals across the world can lead and contribute to the respective fields and teams and organize other people in the group to contribute and share ideas through different mediums. There could also be a Directory of Groups and Leaders either on the Facebook website or OpenIDEO or some place/platform that MIKTA,Australian Aid,AECOM and GKI decides on. There could also be an online form,separate for the Leaders and another for the other members that could ask for details like name,city,skills,organisations you are part of,workplace etc,how much time they want to contribute,etc. -Facebook and OpenIDEO connected through this challenge by the organisations leading this challenge. -Design Thinking Sessions to come up with HMW questions (monthly to iterate if need be). -Global Community Leaders lead groups and organize ideas and people to take action to offer help to emergency areas.

Who benefits?

People in the Emergency Areas. Professionals across the World. People wanting to volunteer their time for social impact. Success can be measured through monthly meetings online where only the Community Leaders attend and share stats and success stories,steps to improve the current scenario. Girls and boys,men and women,elderly and kids-everyone will benefit from the idea. We could start with any group in the African or Middle East region where we can contact a leader from any existing group working there and test our idea. Once we get feedback from our target audience after training and after posting videos and letting the world see it,we could build it further and include more details and systems.

How is your innovation unique?

-Global Community involved. -Unity and Diversity increases as people get together for a social cause. -I use Facebook and OpenIDEO both so I can relate to both sides. I am not sure if this kind of approach is tried before. It would be interesting to see how OpenIDEO and Facebook get connected,how the technology and research and community building gets connected. I really hope more people atleast want to think about this idea of mind to develop it further.

What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?

-How will we keep track of the progress of each group leader and the group and implement it ? -Which Organizations will be willing to test it on-ground ? -Would professionals be willing to give time weekly to this idea if they are involved ? -What about ideas ? Will people be willing to share ideas for this huge global effort and not worry or think if they should share it first with the smaller scale project efforts and initiatives ?

Tell us more about you.

I'm Madiha Ahmed from Kolkata,India.I'm a Dreamer & Doer,Talent Team & Triangle Team Assistant, Recruiter for India at Lifebushido, Educationist & Counsellor at Calcutta Musllim Orphanage Girl's Section, Volunteer Catalyst at +Acumen .I'm an Aspiring Karate Instructor (currently blue belt), Author (writing 13 Inspirations@23-A glimpse into the mind of a young woman who said yes to her dreams ),Public Speaker (conducting motivational workshops) and Social Entrepreneur (establishing now).

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Natural disaster
  • Armed conflict
  • Prolonged displacement
  • Extreme drought

Emergency Setting - Elaborate

A Refugee Camp or People Displaced as a result of natural calamities might be a good place to start with.

Where will your innovation be implemented?

African Countries where these individuals are located. Australia where they are working with Refugees. Middle East (if there are any groups willing to collaborate)

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • No, not yet.

In-country Networks

I have worked with several groups and individuals globally for girl and women empowerment and education specifically. I am currently working with a Girl's Orphanage where I can test ideas. I think +Acumen,Malala Fund and UN groups could help a lot. If anyone can reach out to Canadian PM,Mr.Justin Trudeau maybe it will be even more interesting for me !

Sector Expertise

  • I've not yet worked in a sector related to my innovation but am excited to learn more.

Sector Expertise - Elaborate

I have studied,worked and taught in an All-Female environment for more than a decade. I have begun to understand about how girls and women learn,what facilitates and prevents them from learning. I have done motivational talks,curriculum development and teacher's training for women to help them be more successful in the past 4 years. I belong to 2-3 global community groups-Lifebushido where I work ,Acumen Corps and OpenIDEO community besides a global SocEnt I plan to start.

Innovation Maturity

  • Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.

Organization Status

  • We are not registered but plan to in the future.

Organization Location


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Hi Madiha, thanks for the post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

Ps don't forget the Ideas Phase closes June 25 at 11:30PM PST. If you want to be considered for this Challenge make sure you answer all the questions before the deadline.