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Their Problem is Ours too... Update June 15 (with prototyping timeline v2 , experience map and reflection on the experience during refinement)

My idea is to create awareness and educate young people on the problems girls around the globe face. I want to create a conversation across the world where we share stories about gender equality based on our experiences, and start brainstorming on how to change perceptions and behaviors.

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Provide a short description of your idea

My idea is an online platform. It tackles the problem of gender inequality (and its related negative consequences for girls and women). It addresses the problem by 1) providing knowledge on the situation in different locations as well as examples of initiative and programs, and 2) creating a conversation between young people all around the world that hopefully can lead to collective actions and change in behaviors.

Get a user's perspective on your idea.

I had been in touch with a couple of users and in fact now have a couple of contributors who posted on the platform: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/contributors.html (P.S. Beatrice agreed on posting when the 2 girls she wants to involve will be back from the rural area). Overall, everyone agrees that sharing information, stories and brainstorming globally is positive and can add value. Pushpa (Bhaktapur in Nepal) has agreed to be involved in the platform as a key contributor (what I called "ambassador" in my timeline). Beatrice (Pearl in Uganda) said that there are 2 girls beneficiaries from her program who are at the university and have access to the internet who might be interested in being ambassadors. A club of students at NYU Shanghai has been following the blog and are planning to be involved and do some of the offline conversations at the end of August when they go back to school. Based on the questions I've asked to several users, I am confirmed that I will need to develop a more interactive platform that people can access maybe through Facebook (like openIDEO). Based on my experience and the interactions I have seen that developing some relationships with organizations and having one or two people involved from each organization responsible for posting, commenting but also doing offline activities and sharing with others is really important. See experience map for more information.

Show us what implementation might look like.

I have been able to develop a few relationships and get some engagement. I am planning to keep working on developing these relationships and getting content on the blog in the next few months. I then plan to work on looking at different options from the technology perspective while trying to create more interactions between the different contributors. See prototyping timeline for more information.
In the research phase, I noticed that many stories and videos pointed to similar issues despite different locations. In my book club at school (I'm a ninth grader), I had a conversation with one of my classmates regarding gender issues. We were discussing the book "In the name of God", which talks about the life of a teenage girl in syria. Some of us assumed that the problems described in the book were "far away" and related to the Muslim context. However, my classmate made me aware that this was a problem that she herself had faced here in Brooklyn. This started to make me think that it was more of a global problem. This is what my title points at: it is easy to think that problems are far away from home, but they're not. My title also points to the need to engage both genders in this conversation, as the problems girls face ussually involved boys. Even my sister, when playing waterpolo, complains that the boys on her team won't pass to her bcause she is a girl, and they thik she is weak. (Which is funny, as she is alot faster than all of them when it comes to swimming, and also is a very good player)
Thinking about all the research posts adn stories I've heard, I though that the solution would involve a change in perceptions and behaviors with those who will be grown-ups tomorrow, as they will be the ones making decisions. To create this conversation, I'm planning to create an online platform with two sections:
  1. the first would be to share drawings, poems, videos, stories, any type of media to describe the current situation and/or how tomorrow will be.
  2. The second section would be on making that transition; people would talk together through a chat, or even through video communication when possible, and discuss ways of moving from today to tomorrow. I believe that through this dialogue between people, we will be able to create a change.
Here is a prototype of the platform  http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/

Update May 12

I've kept trying to connect with NGOs to get them to post. I realize that this is very difficult. I am not sure what is the main problem. I'm exploring various solutions:
  • sending a specific set of questions to answer;
  • finding ways to provide computer access
  • creating "ambassadors" / "buddies" ( 2 young people, a girl and a boy) working with NGOs who would be collaborating with me in developing content and conversations. 
Yesterday, it was great to see Pushpa who had been commenting on the blog for a while had posted a full post! 
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/05/educating-youths-regarding-their-sexual.html

Friday, I'm meeting with my advisory teacher to discuss ways of involving more students in my school. 

Update May 24

As explained in my prototyping timeline, I decided to concentrate on building a few strong relationship with a few individuals and organizations to start building a community and spurr  a conversation.

I have now a few contributors: 
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/contributors.html
I am now aiming to be able to develop a sustainable relationship so that the conversation between a few "ambassadors/ buddies" can start. I see them also as connectors. I've asked for example Pushpa if she could post a question at her university and share the results on the blog (Thanks Luisa for the suggestion!). Beatrice said that there are 2 girl beneficiaries (who are at the university and have access to the internet) who could be in charge of the conversation on the blog. 

I met with my advisor Friday and she agreed to have me do a session at lunch, hopefully next week, where I will ask students to answer a question regarding gender equality, inspired by some of the conversation triggers I developed and Candy Chang' Before I die.

Thanks to Beatrice, I discovered World Pulse which is a platform that aims to create a dialogue between women in different countries. It's success is a great inspiration for me. I am going to look more at the design and structure as I try to design the next version of the platform. My advisor at school suggested I start a club to get other students to help me designing the new platform.

Explain your idea in one sentence.

A global network where young people can share what they believe gender equality is and should be.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

1. Create awareness about gender roles and equality/inequality around the world, showing that there might not be so many differences around the world. 2. Educate young people about issues related to gender inequality. 3. Engage young people to start changing their ways of thinking and behaving when it comes to gender issues.

Who will benefit from this idea and how would you monitor its success?

Young people from 12-20 years old. Measure of success: 1. Number of comments 2. Number of active contributors (both girls and boys) 3. Number of offline conversations shared on the blog 4. Development of "parallel" actions in different countries, by different groups 5. Stories of change posted on the blog If people start sharing ideas, stories, and collaborating together, then I will know that some change might happen. I know it is difficult to measure but I was very impressed when listening to this video on Global Pulse: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRaD8qaJ6MI. Both Leena and Beatrice explained how important it was to be able to post a story. They also said how a comment, even as simple as "beautiful story" had a huge impact.

Who would be best equipped to implement this idea in the real world? You? Your organisation? Another organisation or entity?

I think that if I can build a strong relationship with at least 2 organizations on the ground, I should be able to manage the conversations on the platform. In 10th grade in my school, we are supposed to do a year-long project, and I've discussed with my advisor the possibility of developing this idea for my project. I might need some technical help for the development of the platform, but I believe that if I work with other students from my school and with the ambassadors to understand their needs and constraints, we can design the user interface. I need also to see also how much is already available and we might be able to develop the platform.

Where should this idea be implemented?

In schools and organizations working with young people in low-income urban areas everywhere around the world

How might you prototype this idea and test some of the assumptions behind it?

I am planning two types of prototyping: 1. Create a platform (maybe using a blog) inviting other teenagers to participate. I hope to have people in my school or in my sister's school. It'd be great to have some teenagers in other countries to post. Maybe some of the organizations that posted could join. For example, the YP Foundation: http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/spending-the-day-at-yp-foundation-in-delhi-building-potential-of-low-income-communities-with-student-volunteers or the club in Kathmandu; http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/different-local-problems-similar-mindsets UPDATE: 1. I wrote to these 2 organizations and the YP Foundation expressed some interest. I hope that some of the kids in their program participate. 2. I created a blog: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/ Please check it out and if you are between 12 and 20 or know someone between 12 and 20 which wants to share stories, thoughts and dreams about how they perceive gender roles and gender equality today, and how they would like them to be tomorrow, please let them know about the blog! 2. Create a video based on interviews of people answering the question : "what is gender equality? Where is it today? Where do you want it to be tomorrow?" I'll ask people personal stories illustrating their claims. UPDATE MAY 18: Despite their interest and the fit between their work on my idea, the YP foundation has not been able to participate to the blog I created as a way to test my idea of creating a global conversation However, Pushpa from the Bakhtapur Youth Club has been very active and Michael Iyango from Power Women has just published a post. I have also been in touch with a few other organizations which expressed interest and willingness to participate. At this point, I haven't done the video because I have put more effort sharing information on the blog and developing connections and relationships. UPDATE MAY 26: Pushpa has done an offline conversation and kept commenting on the blog. Beatrice Achieng Nas reached out to me expressing interest in being involved in the platform. She is now a contributor and she agreed in selecting 2 girls working with her organization to be ambassadors on the platform. I will do a second offline conversation at my school next week. Update of the prototyping timeline. UPDATE JUNE 15 Pushpa (from Bhaktapur, Nepal) is still involved. Beatrice Achieng Nas has just put me in touch with 6 young people working with her organization (Pearl) and I reached out to them. I hope to get a reply soon. I did a second offline conversation in the cafeteria of my school. While everyone thought it was a great project, only a few people engaged with the idea and wrote down their thoughts. It is frustrating to see so little engagement. Yet, that only makes me want even more to get people to talk as I believe it is the only way to bring about change. I also think that because I am only a High School boy, they feel that it is not such an important thing. This is why it is important for me to get a few organizations like Bhaktapur Club and Pearl involve. While I think I could work on the design of the platform (making it more interactive, more user-friendly), I feel that a key point is the social aspect of it and having a few active contributors is crucial. The proof is that Pushpa's latest post led to a lot of comments and discussions.

What might a day in the life of a community member interacting with your idea look like?

Where: through word of mouth (e.g. friends at school or in club, or organizations they are involved with), through the organizations involved as contributors on the platform or through the internet. When: talking with friends about the issue of gender equality; during a workshop Benefits: young people will develop a broader awareness and will also start thinking of ways to change behaviors. This might happen either when involved in the offline activities, reading or hearing about others' experiences and efforts, and of course, through commenting and posting. For more see experience map

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Does this idea have the potential to impact the lives of low-income women and girls living in urban areas?

Yes, the idea clearly targets low-income women and girls living in urban areas. - 25%

The idea targets women and girls but isn’t necessarily focused on those living in low-income urban areas. - 75%

The idea targets people living in low-income urban areas but doesn’t seem to benefit women and girls specifically. - 0%

2. Does this idea describe a set of next steps and a timeline to accomplish them?

The idea clearly outlines next steps, the resources and team needed to execute them and a timeline to accomplish this. - 100%

The idea gives a broad explanation of what it hopes to accomplish but there is no clear timeline or activities to reach its desired goal. - 0%

The idea has not clearly articulated what the next steps are. - 0%

3. How feasible would it be to implement a pilot of this idea in the next 12-18 months?

Very feasible – the next steps described in the contribution seem achievable in this time period. - 25%

A pilot appears feasible but more work needs to be done to figure out how it would be executed. - 25%

The idea is not ready to be piloted yet – the concept needs several more months of user feedback and prototyping to be ready for a pilot. - 50%

4. Does this idea bring a new and fresh approach to the city or region in which it’s set?

Yes, this idea appears to be new and innovative! I’m not aware of other ideas in this city or region that address this need using a similar approach. - 33.3%

There are other initiatives doing similar work in this area – but this idea targets a new group or has an updated approach. - 33.3%

I can think of many initiatives addressing the same need using a similar approach in the same region. - 33.3%

5. How scalable is this idea across regions and cultures?

This is an idea that could help women and girls in many different cities. I can see it being implemented across multiple regions and cultures. - 100%

Maybe but I’d imagine it would need very significant changes. - 0%

The idea is really only suited for one specific region / population. - 0%

6. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

I love this idea! - 50%

I liked it but preferred others. - 25%

It didn't get me so excited. - 25%

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Hi Melchior,
I like your idea! The youths are the future generation and gender related issues are some of the global milestones today. Global youth participation would bring some of the smartest, fresh and innovative solutions to gender related loopholes.
We at Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation http://pce-foundation.org are and have been working with the grassroots population in Tororo and Buteleja districts, Eastern Uganda, we are expressing our interest in linking the slum girls with the rural girls from Eastern Uganda through my idea of the Holiday Mentoring Outreach Program; https://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/holiday-mentoring-outreaches. Gender related topics will be part of the knowledge and skills to benefit these girls. Let me know if you would be interested in having our beneficiaries contribute on the online platform and whether we could share your links.
I wish you good luck!
Beatrice

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Dear Beatrice,

thank you so much for reaching out and for your interest in my idea.
I read your idea and found really interesting the idea of creating a holiday program to connect girls from the slums and from rural areas.
I think it would be really exciting to have the beneficiaries of your program involved on the platform.
Please do share the link.
If you give me an email, I will send you an invitation so that you can be a full contributor (http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/contributors.html) and post the content
on the behalf of your beneficiaries. I am happy to create more accounts too if you know some are interested.
I can also send you a few questions so that I can post an interview like the one I did with Puspha from Bakthapur club in Nepal: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/05/interview-with-pushpa-joshi-from.html
It'd be great also to have an interview like the one you mentioned on your openIDEO post.

In fact, as I have been prototyping this idea, I have been thinking of partnering with 2 organizations (for a start) which would pick 2 ambassadors
/ buddies who would be in charge of posting content on the platform and also sharing the content with their peers.
Would that be something you might want to consider?

Last, I have a question regarding access to the technology (as I'd like in the next phase to develop a better platform): how much access to computers and internet do the beneficiaries of your program have? Do you have any suggestions on what could facilitate their participation?

Let me know what you think and looking forward to collaborating!

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Dear Melchior,
I am happy to collaborate with you; two of our girl beneficiaries who are now at the university level (with internet access at the university) would be happy to share with you the ideas and information from the rest of our beneficiaries as well.
If you sent questions, we could print and share with 108 youths and send you their feedback.
Would be great knowing when you would send the question(s) and when you would expect the replies/responses.
My email address is biitry@gmail.com
Thank you for the great ideas you have for the youths from across the globe.
Good luck!

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Dear Beatrice,

This is great news. It would be wonderful if the 2 girl beneficiaries who are at the university could be the "ambassadors" or connectors on the platform.
I am going to invite you an email later today with questions and I will also invite you on the blog.
I am very excited to have you and the beneficiaries join the conversation. I personally believe that this can help making a change.
I'll write more on email.

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Beatrice, I've added you as a contributor to the blog http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/contributors.html
and posted about world pulse which I find a great inspiration for what I've been trying to do: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/05/world-pulse-giving-voices-to-women.html
Looking forward to your future contributions!

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Thanks Beatrice for your email and the connections to the 6 students working with you. I'm looking forward to their posts on the blog.

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Hi Melchior, congrats with the experience map and I love the prototype blog. One other thing you can do is to create a Facebook group where it might be easier to invite people to join and share awareness on gender equality.

When you are asking 'what is gender equality?', are you looking to find out whether people know about the term? In addition, if you would like to get more personal feedback from users, you could ask 'What is your experience with gender equality in your country?'

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Dear Cansu,
Thanks for the feedback. I don't have a facebook, so it might be not possible. (We are a no facebook family.) I'll try to see if I can't find other ways to increase awareness.

Good point, regarding the question. What I'm asking is for people to share their experience, and perception. The way I phrased the question is a little confusing. I really like your suggestion, and I might use it if you are okay with it. I've been looking for exactly where you saw the question, and could not find it. Would you mind pointing it out to me?
Sincerely,
Melchior

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Interesting suggestion, Cansu – and in fact we did a lightweight prototype on Facebook when we were developing the OpenIDEO platform :^) Melchior – could be interesting for you to ask folks like the girls at the NGO in Nepal, etc whether they find using Facebook easier and more familiar than using a blog platform? I've certainly come across people in low-income communities in India who find using Facebook easy – but other aspects of the internet quite difficult.

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Thanks Meena for the input. I'll try asking some people what they think on the blog, and I'll see if I can't find a compromise. Perhaps I can ask a friend of mine to do it for me?
Again, thanks for the help!
Melchior

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Great conversation,
Melchior the amount of outreach you have done is very impressive. I am amazed by seeing the effort you have put into contacting diverse groups to participate in your blog. I totally agree with cansu:

Think about existing digital and analog platforms that young people are already using to connect.

FB is definitively one. It's a shame you don't have access to it. Think of other platforms. In some countries the app whatsapp it's very popular and also think of instagram and twitter. Could you start a mini challenge to get young people to share content around a specific question via this social media apps?

I look forward to seeing new ways that your idea develops.
The key is to make it easy for others to participate.
Check out the before Idie installation:
http://beforeidie.cc/
It's a great example of a simple interface to get different people participating.

Also think analog:
Could you ask Pushpa to put up a question in a board at her university and then report the findings in your blog?

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Luisa and al.,

I thought I'll chime in as I'm a key actor in the no Facebook policy :-)
However, I agree that this might be one great channel for Melchior to access young people in some countries (although the use of FB among teenagers is said to be decreasing http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/10/teenagers-messenger-apps-facebook-exodus)

Luisa,
you are right to highlight the need to think of different media and platforms used in different communities to see how to engage them. The idea of a conversation around a specific question is a good idea.

I also think that the key is also to define what kind of participation Melchior is looking for: just posting a photo or a comment, or more engagement and calls to action. This being said, the "just a photo or a comment" is often the way to open the door to engagement.

As for analogs, you are right, and I know Melchior has tried following your suggestions and he's asked many of his contacts to run offline conversations - http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/how-to-run-offline-conversation.html -or interview their peers and then post it. It has not been very successful as yet. This is why he's been thinking to start with a few pairs of ambassadors / buddies (see his prototyping timeline).

Sorry for the long comment but as part of Melchior's team, I thought I'd share a few observations and reflections.

Thanks all for your support.

Like you, looking forward to see the next steps of this idea.

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Great Feedback Anne Laure,
Getting people to collaborate it's a big hurdle. But Melchior's perseverance is outstanding. Hopefully one of this experiments will work. Also partnering with icons that have big followers in social media helps. Who are icons in some of the countries that Melchior is trying to get participation? Could he partner with a teacher at Pushpa's university to get him/her to assign students to contribute to his blog? Could he cold email a pop star and ask him/her to post on his blog to drive more traffic?
This are some wild ideas but they might provoke some thoughts.

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Thanks Luisa for all these great suggestions.
I will definitely look into various social media used in different countries and see what might be the best options to increase participation.

I know the "before I die installation" and it is indeed very inspiring. I was thinking of trying to do something related at my school during lunch.
Some students at NYU also did an interesting project with art. http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/04/girls-voices-in-pictures-at-nyu.html

Good idea for Pushpa: I'll ask her.

Thanks again for all these ideas and support.

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Hi Melchior!
As per Luisa's comment above I think cold emailing some pop stars or celebrities is a good idea.
How about Shakira? She is an ambassador for girl's education and gender equality around the world - here are two links with videos from her visits with UNICEF to India and Azerbaijan. Shakira has 20 million twitter followers. Can you tweet her? set up an account on twitter just for this project? email her?

http://www2.unicef.org:60090/education/index_60614.html
http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/azerbaijan_66180.html

Plus - I just found out that she wrote the World Cup Song - 2010/South Africa
"Waka Waka - This Time for Africa" - featuring the South African Band "Freshlyground" - apparently the biggest and fastest selling world cup anthem ever.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpeEdMmmQ0&feature=kp
The video has 663 million views. (it is a fun video!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waka_Waka_(This_Time_for_Africa)

She seems to have a big fan base in India. I found the info about the World Cup Song on this populist blog, googling Shakira/India.
http://www.india.com/showbiz/happy-birthday-shakira-11-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-the-singer-10201/

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Dear Bettina,
Thanks for the comment and suggestion. I have been considering Luisa's proposal and while I can see how it might bring more views to the blog, I am unsure it will necessarily lead to engagement. In other words, I am not sure I will get the right community. I want people who will contribute, and act, more than just "likes" and "views".
I am not disregarding the idea but for the moment, I decided to concentrate my efforts in building strong relationships with a few organizations and individuals on the ground. Check out the contributors on the blog. I will add soon Beatrice who works with girls in Uganda.
Thanks again!

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Hi Melchior. Was this your original plan or has it changed based on your experience thus far? Once you have the three groups in place, as per your prototype timeline, is there a way to post a three way video chat about your simultaneous projects? That would be so interesting to watch!
Good luck with the community building!

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Hi Bettina,
I always wanted to create a conversation between different young people that we move from awareness to action to make changes (see my experience map). However, as I reached out to various organizations on the platforms and through friends and family, I realized how difficult it was to engage people. This is why I decided that I will try to create relationships with a few individuals connected to organizations on the ground to create a core group. I also feel that having these contacts will help spread the words and address at least partly, the problem of technology access.

I like the idea of the video chat. We could definitely do that we with google hangout and record and post it.

I also realize that while the blog was a great easy way to start prototyping, in the future, I will need to develop a new platform - more user-friendlier and interactive. I am thinking of maybe starting a club at school to get people to help me with the design and development. I'm not sure yet.

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I was wondering if the blog format that you are working with has features that enable seeing the comments on the page much the same way that the OpenIDEO site does. It occurred to me that seeing the comments might invite more interaction/comments by viewers.
Great post by the club in Nepal!

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Bettina, thanks for your comment. I am glad you enjoyed the post by the Bhaktapur Club. It's great to see the conversation that it created.

You make a very good point regarding the impact of the design on the interactions. I checked the setting and try another template which makes the comments visible when you click on a post. Have a look and tell me if that helps.

More generally, blogger might not be the perfect option but it is a great and easy way to prototype. As I suggested in my future plans, if I were to continue this platform, I would probably explore developing another (more interactive) platform. Keep sending me feedback.

Thanks for following the blog!

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Yes!! I love it. It is so colorful and vibrant. I love the way the items flip and you can see the number of comments.
What do you think?
Can you upload images for the boxes that are gray giving it even more variety?
(By the way it is possible to change the page layout on my screen. Is that something that you control?)
Do you also plan to get feedback from target users on layout, design, platform going forward?

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Bettina,

glad you like it. For the pictures for all posts, it is not always possible. For example, I don't feel choosing a picture for the poem posted by my friend from Singapore. Yet, my goal is to try. What I personally like for these posts (without image) is that you see the title and sometime the title speaks more than an image.

Regarding changing the views, it is part of blogger: I cannot do much about it.

I will look more in details at your questions / suggestions and see if they make sense to me (based on my own experience and other users' feedback), and when needed, see if/ how I can address them with the current platform.

And yes, I have been starting asking for feedback and this is my aim for the future (see my timeline :-) ). Thanks!

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Hi Melchior, great idea, and especially great job on the prototype website! I particularly like your tips for running offline conversations.

It seems like the impact of your proposal hinges on attracting contributions from lots of different individuals with lots of different viewpoints. As such, one thing that could be especially useful for getting your idea of this ground might be to put together a clear strategy for publicizing your site. This could take the form of a simple table that addresses the "who's", "how's", "when's", and "why's" of spreading the word about your website and attracting users - think of it as an offshoot of your full implementation plan. I think it could be really helpful to identify and list the most relevant places -both online (e.g., specific women's issue blogs) and offline (e.g., other schools in your area)- to advertise this new platform. Putting your thoughts on paper in this way can be a useful approach for figuring out what's practical and important in this area of implementation. It can also help you set and stick to specific goals for publicizing the site (e.g., contact # of relevant blogs by a certain date) and can allow you to easily identify barriers you may face and resources you may need to achieve those goals.

Great work again, and best of luck!

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Thanks Evan for the feedback!
I'm glad you liked the prototype and tips for offline conversations. If you have the opportunity to run one session, I'd love to share the results. Also feel free to comment on the blog: I'd love to have your thoughts!

Regarding your suggestions for outreach, they are very useful. I've somewhat done it informally but you are right that being more specific might help. I'll try to do this and post an update for the implementation plan. If you have any specific ideas on how to publicize the website, let me know. My current goal is to succeed in developing a community of core participants, in particular with a few key contributors like Pushpa and the Bakhatapur club.

Thanks again and looking forward to seeing you on the blog!

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Hi, Melchior. This is a great idea. When talking about unequal treatment of women, many people think that the problem is "far away" from them and with that thought, they merely do nothing to improve the situation. By applying your idea, girls can see and feel the problem more real and they can discuss and figure out ways to help others to solve the problems and improve their situations as they are facing it by themselves.

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Hello Teng,
I'm glad you are interested by the idea, and happy to hear you have a similar opinion. It always helps to know there are people backing you up! My project aims to have not only girls but also boys joining the conversations. If you have any idea on how to grow the number of people involved (that's what I'm working on for this phase), please let me know. Feel free to check my blog http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/ and comment. I'd love to have your opinion

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Teng, it'd be great if you could check my blog http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/ and comment on some of the posts. It'd be great to have you join the conversations. Looking forward to your comments.

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Would be great if you can fill out the two additional sections in the submission form: Show Us What Implementation Might Look Like + Get a User's Perspective on Your Idea. We're sure you've got further insights to share for both sections, ahead of our Evaluation phase which starts in a couple of days.

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Thanks Meena! I filled in the 2 additional section and the day of a member of community section as well. I also updated the prototyping timeline. Let me know if you need me to update anything else.

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Congrats Melchior! If you want to try out doing some digital stories on your blog and need support, just let me know. Good luck!

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Thanks Natasha for your kind words. I was hoping (and still hoping) to have some digital stories from kids and teenagers working with YP Foundation. After reading your first comment, I have been thinking of doing a digital story to tell a story showing how we could change behaviors. I've just checked again your website and saw that one of the focus of your organization is story for social change. If you have any tips on how to develop such a story, that'd be great. What would be the best way to proceed?

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Sure thing. I'd suggest trying to focus on a personal story, perhaps an experience you've had that has motivated you to do this work around changing behaviors. Speak from your heart, try to just do some free writing and see what comes out...shoot for about 250 words and be thinking about what images or video can illustrate your story. Feel free to send me a draft through my website and I'm happy to give feedback.

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Dear Natasha,
I'm sorry for not having replied in some time. I've been working on other things, and haven't had the time to create a draft. I will try to send one in to you as soon as possible.
Sincerely,
Melchior

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Here's a friendly tip: update your OpenIDEO profile so folks can see who they're collaborating with here. Think skills, experience, passions & more!

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Done! :-)

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And great updates from May 12! Loving how you're thinking in a solution focused way when you discover challenges to the process. The interview format for Pushpa led to a really insightful post.

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Perhaps as you refine further, you might consider creating different Experience Maps for different kinds of users?

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That is on my to-do list. :P
I've printed out the packet, and I'm planning to do that in the next few days.

It is really exciting that people are starting to create posts, and comments. I'm hoping it will progress. I'll keep working hard on it! Any suggestions are welcome.
Thanks,
Melchior

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Meena, I posted an experience map. Let me know what you think.

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Great stuff! Seems like in the past few weeks that you've found that getting folks to progress from the Awareness scenario to the Participation phase can be a bit trickier than you'd assumed. I'm loving that you've started to think about ways around this, like a buddy system, etc

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Meena,

I indeed found that triggering the conversation, beyond the positive feedback (even among my friends) "great idea, awesome blog", has been challenging. I now have 2 outside contributors: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/contributors.html
and Pushpa in particular has been a great and active contributor.

Beatrice's comment above is also encouraging.

I keep reflecting and brainstorming with Anne-Laure on how to move forward.

Your comments and support, as well as Luisa's and Cansu's, are also very useful in helping me explore other options. Thanks!

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Re: NGO outreach – could you tell us a bit more about what you've tried? How do you decide which NGOs to contact? How do you contact them? What is your "ask"? And how have you communicated why that ask is important?

Something to keep in mind is that many NGOs are are resource constrained, so you have to make it as easy as possible for them to contribute and to understand why their org specifically should be the one to contribute.

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Thanks Karolle for your questions.
First, I've been contacting various organizations via the openIDEO platform: Michael Iyanro, Magic Bus, a few others and lately 2 ideas selected for refinement that focus on engaging boys. Michael has expressed interest and said he will get his team to post. However, I realize he is very busy. This weekend I sent him an email with a few questions to answer - either by some of the young people they work with, or people from his team, so that I can post on their behalf. Maybe that will make things easier.

I am waiting for the magic bus to contact me via email as they suggested.

At this point, I'm asking NGOs to comment and / or share some contents. I have created some offline activities and suggested other activities on the blog. But I realize that this might be difficult. This is why I have sent a few specific questions.
I also sent these to Pushpa who posted on the blog this weekend.

I also have been in touch with YP Foundation. I asked them if they would be interested in collaborating with the butterfly project. They said they were but they seemed to be very busy.

I have also contacted Rujuta on her project, and I might also do something with a club of students at NYU Shanghai.

Anne-Laure has been also trying to hep me connecting with some organizations.

I feel that people understand why my ask is important, but it is difficult for them to find the time to post. I have also been thinking of access to computer and internet. I am brainstorming with Anne-Laure and a few other people on that issue.

Thank you for the reminder regarding making things easy: I have tried but I will try more.

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Feel ya. Outreach is a tough one.

What kind of content are you asking for?

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Here is an example of an interview:
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/05/interview-with-pushpa-joshi-from.html

and of posts (either posted directly or by me):
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/05/educating-youths-regarding-their-sexual.html
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/04/i-need-feminism-because-campaign-at.html
http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/03/a-perspective-from-singapore.html

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Hi Melchior. Congratulations on having the project moved forward for refinement! Let me know how I can help build the idea. I will follow your lead and continue to search for youth who want to participate. So nice to meet the person behind the screen the other afternoon!

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Hi Bettina,
It's very exciting to have been selected and to explore ways to push this project further. At this point, I'm thinking about how to really spur the conversation and engage different groups of young people. So if you think of youth who would want to post, please let me know.
It was indeed nice to meet you.
Thanks for all your support.

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Ok. I sent out some emails searching for contacts. Will let you know.

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Hey Melchior, this sounds like a great idea! It's great to hear how girls can come together and share stories, learnings and outlooks across the world. I think your idea would benefit both girls and women. Best of luck with it all :)

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Thank you Naomi! It's always nice to hear that people support your idea. Feel free to comment on the blog http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/ and share it with young people who might want to participate.

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Dear Melchior,

Thanks for your inspiring and hands-on contribution.

I am contributing to the Crowdguard project - we aim to reinvent the geo-based smart phone alarm app for low- and no- feature phone users. To achieve our larger vision of a social value change we are establishing deep community and stakeholder involvement to campaign for human safety, to spread the user-density of Crowdguard and to dialogue with and improve each others’ activities. Key to these embedding activities is the Crowdguard Youth Ambassador Programme, designed to raise young people’s awareness for the issue of gender based violence as well as to convey and discuss solutions.

As both our projects aim at facilitating dialogue on gender equality and the reduction of violence - and I feel there is great potential for collaboration, especially in outreach and system usage.

Please have a look at http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/applause/crowdguard-app-reinvent-the-geo-based-smart-phone-alarm-app-for-low-and-no-feature-phones, I would love to hear your feedback.

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Dear Philip,
I would like to know more about the Crowdguard Youth Ambassador Programme, as it seems like it would be something I'd like to help with. I really love your idea, and think it is a great one. In fact, I'm going to post about your idea on my blog, and I was wondering if you could ask the youth you work with if they would like to comment on some posts, (Or even make a post. so that I may get some idea of people's opinions around the world on the topic.
I really love the work you are doing on this, and wish you good luck on your progress. Is there any way I could help you?
Melchior

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Melchior. Check out the second paragraph in this article. Boy - "We have to change together. Because if you only change one half of the equation won't you get half of the result?"
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/apr/14/boys-men-gender-equality?commentpage=4
The link takes you to an article describing a workshop doing what you are proposing - bringing boys into the conversation with girls. Exciting!
Potential here to connect and communicate?
http://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2014/mar/27/boys-india-gender-equality

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Looks Great!
I'll check it out and see if I can contact them.
Thanks for your help!
Melchior

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Hi Melchior. The poem you posted on your blog on girl stereotypes is awesome. It gave me an idea....I have been commenting on Vishal's Story Telling Project and it occurred to me that this form of expression, the poems, or short narratives performed in Story Slams, might be something exciting to build into his idea.
Your blog has postings that are powerful for youth and adults. Any thoughts on spreading it within adult communities as well?

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Hi Bettina,
I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. I found that listening to it really empowered people. I think that any type of media could be included, such as drawings, videos, songs, etc.
I am definitely thinking of working with adult communities, and I have been working with adults more than children recently. It is hard to get people to post a comment, so for now, it is really open to all ages.
Best,
Melchior

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Thought.... I wonder if there is a call in spot on Radio Rookies where you can call in to discuss your blog, why you started it, it's value and importance, and invite youth to check it out and to join the conversation...
(Radio Rookies is a New York Public Radio initiative that provides teenagers with the tools and training to create radio stories about themselves, their communities and their world. ) Actually this might be interesting in light of what we have heard about lack of internet resources in the communities we are serving on this challenge, and their use of radio as a means to get and give information. I do not know how radio programs work but is there a possibility that a program here can be accessed abroad?
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/rookies/

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Great idea Bettina! In fact, originally we had discussed the possibility of a radio.
There were indeed several ideas about radio use in this challenge as well as in previous challenges. Radio seems to be an easily accessible technology that can be used to spread information, give voices to different groups, create a dialogue and empower.
Here are a few posts from previous challenges: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/radio-instruction-in-india

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/radio-broadcasting-enhancing-learning

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/creative-confidence/inspiration/kids-and-professional-musicians-collaborate

One that might be interesting to explore to prototype the idea:
http://www.openideo.com/challenge/creative-confidence/applause/behind-the-scenes

Good question Bettina regarding the possibility to access from different countries. Language will also be another barriers.

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I think it is a great idea to prototype with the idea you provided the link to!
Regarding language barriers - yes it is true. Will youth respond simply to the sound of the voices of other youth? Will that "get them listening?" What if we engage a translator who is also young - maybe in college - one can be present at both broadcasts - one who can understand the language and expressions that youth use and translate that as well?

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I am sure we can find ways to address the language issue... definitely an option to be explored.
At this point, it is a matter of prioritizing the ways to prototype this idea further, taking into account constraints and opportunities.

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Melchior, check out this Youth Network: http://www.actionaid.org/activista
They might be able to help you connect with other youths and engage them in the conversation.

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Hi Melchior. Moving around the site today I came upon a link to "The Spark Movement". I thought of your work here/ your blog. -
This is lifted from their website -

SPARK change. Join the movement.
SPARK is a girl-fueled activist movement to demand an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media. We're collaborating with hundreds of girls 13-22 and more than 60 national organizations to reject the commodified, sexualized images of girls in media and support the development of girls' healthy sexuality and self-esteem.

They are a movement comprised of girls and "their allies - boys and adults."
http://www.sparksummit.com/sparkteam/

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Hello Bettina,
Thanks so much for telling me this.
I'll make sure to post about them on my blog, and I'll see if I can get in touch with them.
Thanks again for your much appreciated help!
Melchior

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Cool! The more youth that see this work - their work and your's, the more who will have the opportunity to participate, share stories and raise their voices.
I hope they post your blog on their site! So happy to participate in your process!

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hi melchior. would it be ok to incorporate your idea for the offline workshop - thinking about gender issues in an interactive forum - into a last minute idea i might try to post? as a build in? let me know what you think. no problem if you don't want to.

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Hi Bettina, Melchior and I in fact discussed the idea and posted something that seems similar to your suggestion http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/youth-girls-boys-design-summit-taking-action-together
Your feedback is most welcome!

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That would be fine. I wouldn't mind at all!
Maybe you would want to check the idea my mother posted above in case it is similar.
I'm happy to have you build upon this idea!
Melchior

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Thank you! I looked at your collaboration , you and your mom, my idea is different. It has to do with sex education. I am not sure I will get to the posting stage. But if I do it will be a build! .

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Bettina,

regarding your idea, you might be interested in checking this idea by a team of NYU students http://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/comic-strips-about-sex-education-for-children-and-teenagers-a-fun-way-to-learn

Also as you seem to be based in NY, if you have time, you might be interested in stopping by next Tuesday for the final project exhibition for this challenge http://greenhousestories.com/2014/04/23/design-thinking-exhibition-may-6-530-730/
You'll see some of the ideas my students developed.

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Thank you! I have bookmarked the comic book post and would love to come to the project exhibition. I will definitely stop by.
Will your group be doing a meet up for the recycling challenge as well? If so please keep me in the loop. blf@earthlink.net

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Bettina,
It'd be great if you can come. The comic book idea team will be there and they might present that idea (they are working on the prototype).
As for the recycling challenge, we haven't discussed it as we have been very involved in the current challenge as well as other programs. It's also the end of the semester... However, we'd be happy to host a meet up at the Greenhouse if there's interest.

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Ok great.
I would love to hear the students presentations. Let me know. It will be great to meet some of the people behind the ideas!

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I'll send you an email...

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I couldn't agree with you more as we need to continue to have these discussions. I would add that what we need to incorporate a space in this discussion involving men and boys and their involvement and connectedness with this issue. How they can, and do play an active role in either changing or perpetuating existing gender inequalities. This is not a woman's issue, or woman's discussion, but that this is a discussion that we all need to be having. A great organization that you should check out is Promundo.

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Thanks for your input and support!
I'll check out Promundo, and I'll keep working on trying to bring in people to join the conversation.
- Melchior

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Hey Ryan, you are right on the need to have everyone involved in the conversation.
This is why Melchior's initiative is important.
I found your work with KGSA really inspiring. I'm wondering if there would be a way to share Melchior's blog with some of the girls involved. He also created some offline conversation starters: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/how-to-run-offline-conversation.html
I think it'd be great to bring in different voices and perspectives .
Thanks!

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Hi Melchior, I just want to say I love the direction this is going in. I am a great believer in the power of personal stories to transcend boundaries and lead to change. I know that sometimes people use the term "story" really broadly , i.e. "My name is ___ and I'm 14 and I come from ___ and I hope to finish school," but I like the way your activities really encourage people to go deeper - thinking of a specific instance or time they felt the impact of gender equality or inequality. Nice work...

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Thanks for the encouragement!
If you know some teenagers who want to share stories, I'd love to know about them, and share them on the blog. If you have any specific feedback on how to engage more people, I would be delighted, as I realize this is the difficult part.
Thanks again,
Melchior

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I like this idea very much in that it identifies that the problem of gender inequality affects both men and women. This might be a powerful way to plant the "a-ha" seed inside of boys and men.

Good job,
MIke

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Thanks Mike!
I'll keep working on it!

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I think this is a great idea. Young people are more impressionable and more likely to change their minds about these issues. Together they could create a better future generation. The use of social media and blogs would be greatly helpful, that is the best way to get the attention of your target age span.

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Thank you!
I started that blog with that outcome in mind.
I'm also doing some offline conversation starter's as not everyone has the access to media.
Please feel free to share the blog with anyone you know, and who might want to comment.

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HI Melchior. The blog and the prototype session both look great. I like the conversation starters that you posted. I am curious about the session itself. How did you run the session. Were the groups of three mixed boys and girls together? Were there any groups that were single sex? I am wondering if youth feel any differently, more or less inhibited for example, discussing this topic in a mixed group vs. a group that is single sex?
I am looking forward to reading the posts that were put up during the offline session!

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Hi Bettina,
thank you for your questions.
I've just posted some of the answers of my classmates: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/
It was a small group: we were in advisory (I think overall small groups are best). It was a mixed group and the groups were mixed: 2 boys and one girl. There were some shy people and some who were very articulate, but there was no gender difference there.
Two of the 3 girls were very supportive of my project and thought it was important.
I'm trying to see if I can get other people in other schools and in other countries to run these sessions. I am also hoping that some organizations working with young people in low income areas can try these questions out. I'll keep you posted.

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Thanks for the update Melchior. The post on the blog is terrific! Please let your classmates know that it is great to hear their voices and thoughts about this issue.
Did the kids reflect on the conversation starters themselves? Did they have any ideas for other ones? When you or someone else does another group what do you suggest about the format? Follow the same one, or are there any small changes you would like to try?

Can your blog shake things up locally and act as a catalyst for more programming?
Have you been able to get the word out about the blog to other teachers in your school and the parents? Is there a community bulletin board - on the wall, or virtual? It would be great for the school community as a whole to see the blog and hear the voices of their students/children. Can your blog shake things up locally and act as a catalyst for more programming? Do the kids have a "wish" or an idea about a program that they think would be great for kids their age which would address this issue? Maybe they can post about it on the blog.

There is a school in Greenwich Village, NYC that was a big participant in the Creative Confidence Challenge. .http://www.openideo.com/profiles/lrei-middle-school
Perhaps this school would want to do a group, or post to the blog? For the last challenge it was a fifth grade class. I think the school goes through high school. You would need to
check.

I am excited to see this great work in progress roll forward!

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Bettina,
What I did was I let the group decide how they wanted to reflect and brainstorm: independently or as a group. I really wanted to make them feel comfortable and safe to share their thoughts. If another group were to decide to do it, it might be interested to compare the results of letting the people talk together to just thinking independently.

I would love to have such a big influence locally, but I'm stil at that stage were I need to start to get people to talk before I can try a big project.

I have talked to my teachers about the blog, and they found it interesting, so I think I can ask them for help at any time. I have emailed my principle, so hopefully I'll get an answer back. I'l also look up to see if I can't find a local bulletin board, as that would definitely help getting people to comment on the blog. I would like to get at least some comments before starting to do some real big things. (Though it could also work the other way around.)
I'll try to see if I can communicate with the Greenwich school.
Again, Thanks for all your help
Melchior

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I like the thought process behind this idea. I know from my own personal experience growing up that many of these issues were not often discussed in and outside of school. Growing up as a middle-class male in a suburban community, you develop this "out of sight out of mind" mentality. It wasn't until I got to college that I really began to learn about these issues and how prevalent they are. Unfortunately, that is too late for many people. I like your idea as a way to educate young people on the reality of what is happening in the world so they no longer have that "far away" mentality.

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Agreed with you Spencer: it's important to have teenagers engaging with the issues as behaviors take time to change and they are engrained from early on. Hopefully Melchior's idea can spur some awareness and a conversation.

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Thanks for sharing your experience. My idea aims to prevent this "out of sight out of mind" position. I also hope that if teenagers like me start discussing some of the problems describe in this challenge might disappear.

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Luisa, Meena, I created some conversation starters and shared them on my blog: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/p/how-to-run-offline-conversation.html
I'm hoping to be able to use them with some of my classmates this week. I'll keep you posted.

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Woohoo! Looking forward to hearing of how folks use these to capture and spark conversations!

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Hey Meena,
In the offline conversation section of the blog, I've posted some images of the results of a conversation I was able to get running in class.
The quality isn't the best, so I'm going to feature some of my class' work in a post.
Melchior

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Really great to see that you're rolling up your sleeves and taking action on this, Melchior. This is the essence of human-centered design that we're so big on here at OpenIDEO! What did you learn from conducting this awesome prototype? What went well? What was challenging? What would you do differently if you conducted it again? Prototypes are a fantastic way to gather insights towards iterating an idea. We're excited to hear what this experiment taught you towards evolving your thinking...

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Thanks Meena. I had a class on human-centered design this fall and I really enjoyed the process. I posted a few comments on the blog so that people can see my learnings.
Here is what I learnt:
What went well:
1. everyone took it seriously. Yet some people were more reserved than others.
2. the questions seem to be meaningful and to generate good conversations.

What I'll keep:
1. have people write down their answers first and then have them discuss
2. have a small group: we were 10 students.
3. I like the idea of having small off-line conversations.

What I'll might try differently:
This time my teacher facilitated the conversation but maybe in the future, I'd like to explore having young people facilitating the conversation.
It helped me to observe my teacher managing the conversation. For example, she knew very well how to ask people questions who make people think.

My teacher was very positive about the whole project. She also thought that I was well organized for the session.

I'm hoping to have other people using the cards to see what they learnt. I am also curious if other questions come up.

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Great stuff, M! Keep up the stellar work...

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Thanks Meena.
I've posted some of the ideas discussed during the conversation in class: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/2014/04/first-offline-conversation-among-ninth.html
I'm really hoping to be able to have more participation, in particular from NGOs or club like the Bhaktapur group.

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Nice one, M. And yes... with our focus on low-income communities for this challenge, it'd be super exciting if you managed to collaborate with an NGO. Good luck!

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Just got a message from Pushpa from the Bhaktapur Youth Club in Kathmandu saying that they would want to join the conversation on the platform! I'm planning to start an account for them as soon as they give me an email.

I'm also exploring other possibilities. That would be really exciting.

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Exciting indeed!

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Hey! I liked your idea. Very well thought. I had something similar on my mind as well. But before going globally I am targeting the local community first in the city that I live in.

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Swetha, great to know that you had a similar idea. I would love to see how that progresses. I am also planning to do a local version. Please share with me how your event goes. What are you planning exactly? Do you think you could collect some stories about today's perception and wishes for tomorrow when it comes to gender perception and equality. It'd be great to be able to post this on the platform. Thanks!

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Yes, I've already spoken to few girls/women from the low income communities and these are my findings: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/research/reaching-out-to-women

Also this is my idea based upon my findings which is a little similar to that of yours: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/create-awareness-educate-women

Would be glad to know your thoughts on the same.

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Hi Swetha, I read your research post and your idea, and it seems that you are more focused on safety and self-defense for women. In my case, my idea is more about developing awareness and a dialogue about gender roles and gender equality among young people. However, if when doing your research you can collect stories from young girls about how they see gender's equality today and how they would like it tomorrow, that'd be great. I am currently creating a blog and I could post the responses. Thanks!

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Sure, I'll see what information I can gather regarding this and shall share the same with you.

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Great, looking forward to working with you.

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Hey Swetha, I was wondering if you have been able to get any conversations started during your research. I've posted some conversation starters and suggestions on how to use them. If you have a chance to use them, let me know what you found. Any feedback is welcome! Thanks!

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Hey Melchior, I think create this kind of platforms to start conversation is a very good idea. And I would love to help you to spread the word in Shanghai, China. Hope young students here will join you to move this initiative forward.

I was trying to access the blog you created, however I found it won't work without a VPN connection (maybe you know about China's internet censorship situation). Which means most of the Chinese students who don't know how to setup VPN won't be able to access your blog. Do you think it's possible for you to host the blog on another site which is not blocked in China? Looking forward to have further discussion with you. Cheers!

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Lei,
Thank you for bringing this point to my attention. Do you have any examples of some websites that might not be under this restriction, or even a way to make it possible to access the blog?
Thanks,
Melchior

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Melchior, I found an interesting set of conversation starters that might be useful for the discussion you're planning to prototype at school: http://www.missrepresentation.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PeerGuide1.pdf

It might also be an interesting movie to watch: http://film.missrepresentation.org/

I know they showed it at NYU a couple of weeks ago and some of my students saw it and said it was interesting.

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Forgot also to add that you might find this idea posted in the Creative confidence challenge relevant: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/creative-confidence/inspiration/nurturing-creative-confidence-and-self-expression-through-cultural-comics-1
In particular as you mentioned different media for teenagers and young people to express their idea.
I can see this being a great model for offline workshops.

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Anne-Laure,
Thanks for the links, I'll check them all out.
Though I think the radio would be great, I will first start working on some question starters that I will put up on my blog. The miss interpretation site will help me with that.
My teacher still hasn't contacted me back on the class conversation, but I'll try talking to her again tomorrow.
Melchior

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Hi Melchior. This is a great idea to get youth speaking to each other as well as for adults to hear what you are saying, and asking. Do you plan to put some tags on the blog? They may draw some others to the site.
Are you familiar with ScenariosUSA? A colleague recently told me to check out their work with youth. You might find it interesting and inspiring when thinking about videos for the blog. I just looked at their Facebook page and there are
currently many postings about a campaign to end sexual violence. Timely...
https://twitter.com/ScenariosUSA
https://www.facebook.com/ScenariosUSA
I look forward to seeing how your project progresses!

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Hi Bettina,
Thanks for the encouragement. I will look into adding tags. That's a good idea!
I haven't heard about Scenarios USA but I just checked their website and it seems very relevant. I will see how to link it to this idea. I just would like to be able to not be the only one to post: I want this to be a dialogue, rather than me disseminating information.
Thanks again,
Melchior

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Hi.
Yes, I understand from your description that you are building this blog as a place for youth to come to have a dialogue - bringing different information and perspectives to share. It is a great idea!!
Have you been brainstorming as to how to invite other youth to participate? I have been thinking about it. Do you have any friends that have a pen pal abroad? That could be a small way to get the word out in a direct person to person way. I will keep thinking about it .....

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Hi Bettina,
thanks for the kind words.
To answer your question, I've been discussing with a few people. I've been showing it to friends at school and I wrote to cousins in several cities: Paris, Istanbul and Singapore so far. So I've been using the in direct person to person way as I think it's the easiest.

I've also contacted an NGO in India, the club in Kathmandu and Michael in Nigeria who posted on the platform.

If you have any other ideas, please share with me.

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Hi! It is an honor to join your team. Thank you!
I have followed your lead and reached out to some teenagers I know, in the USA and abroad, to alert them about your idea and the blog. I hope some of them will post, and share with friends.
If you have time perhaps you can find more resources within OpenIDEO. I remember several contributions from around the world during the research and ideas phase of the creative confidence challenge. Perhaps they know youth in their countries who would want to post thoughts on your blog? Here is one I recall -
In Africa: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/creative-confidence/ideas/imagination-afrika-a-nomadic-children-s-museum-to-spark-creativity-in-africa

I think Luisa's ideas about offline are also a good way to get interest going. Perhaps posting some postcards or signs in your neighborhood where young people congregate after school - a cafe? pizza place? community center? dance studio? the steps at Union Square Park? How about putting some postcards or flyers in some of the cafes around the local colleges in the area?

I was initially "sent" to your IDEA by Jamie Beck. She posted under a comment I made at - http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/soldiers-for-sisters
You can read about Sandiip's idea at the above link. I had posed some questions to him and Jamie suggested that there was a potential bridge between your idea and his. He made a suggestion about certain technology to achieve the greatest impact from your idea. Check out the comments at his" Soldiers for Sisters" Idea.

I am excited to see how the conversation develops! Lots of potential!

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Bettina,
Thank you regarding the blog design, I went ahead and made changes.
Thanks also for reaching out to some people who might be interested in the conversation.
I looked at the posts that you recommended, and have contacted some of the authors. Hopefully they'll get back to me.
I was also wondering if you would like to be part of the blog. If you want to post some content, I can invite you as an author.
Thanks again!
Best,
Melchior

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Wow - like minds! I had edited out some of the info from the original comment I put up. I guess you read it right away. The part about the blog design - I went back to see the blog again and saw that the links were much clearer, so I edited it out of the comment because I thought you had changed it.... I guess we were both working/writing at the same time. Funny! It looks great, much easier to find now. Also - about the contacts within OpenIDEO - glad you found them . I pursued some contacts during the last challenge. I searched the site with key words and found some contributions which lead me to some people who had interesting and related ideas. I contacted them and did get some responses which was very helpful. Great that you reached out.
Wow. Thank you for the invitation to post some content. Let me think about what I can contribute. Ok?
Bettina

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Okay, can't wait to see you future contributions!
I'm planning to share some question starters on the blog; they might be useful.
-Melchior

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Heya! I'm so impressed by your contribution and your eagerness to participate here. Fantastic!

I think the core of your idea - to have a conversation - is incredibly important. I wonder if there's a way to prototype the idea first in a local context and then think about a global platform after. Would it be possible to have a series of small community meetings in your home to discuss the subject and see what you learn from mode and subject of discussion that you could carry online?

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Melchior,
This is a very relevant idea. I really like that you have found possible collaborators within the challenge and hope that the conversation develops.
Neysan,
I like your input of trying the idea locally.

Things to think about as you develop your idea:
When thinking of prototyping you could start to:
Develop a set of conversation starters. What are good questions or prompts that will get the girls talking? What are themes that are universal to girls from different parts of the world. OpenIDEO already has a global community and you could link to a google form or a very simple blog to invite people to start a conversation.

Keep on identifying people you want to participate in the conversation and address them personally with a link to the form or blog where you have added the questions or conversation starters.

As you keep on reaching out to people think of organizations or hubs outside of OpenIDEO that have access to many women and girls who you would like to have in the conversation, email them and approach them to have them add to your conversation.

Locally: could you bring the questions and or conversation starters offline? How could you encourage people to be part of the conversation offline? Some ideas are: boards in your school,postcards, approaching people in the street and asking them questions or sharing posts/answers by other people with them... what else could you do?

Can't wait to see where this idea goes. It has a lot of potential to start great conversations and build bridges.

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Speaking of offline sharing, not sure if you've seen initiatives by Candy Chang: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/impact/inspiration/impact-through-creatively-led-conversations She's devised loads of great offline yet interactive ways for folks in communities to share thoughts and have a voice. Maybe you'll find inspiration in some of these and could adapt for your idea here?

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Thanks all for you comments and encouragement.
Neysan, Regarding having a local conversation, I was thinking of asking my advisor if she would allow me to run a mock conversation/dialogue during one of our advisories, to see how it works out.
Luisa, I like the idea of creating conversation starters, and I'll try to think of a few to test them in advisory.
Meena, I found Candy Chang's work very inspiring, and thought that maybe, in a future phase, it would be interesting to put up sign boards around the world, asking what people think of today, and what they see in tomorrow, regarding gender equality. Maybe I could ask the girl club in Nepal if they would like to try it in their communities. I'm planning to write to them, and I'll let you know if they reply.

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Looking forward to hearing about your local prototype. It'd be great if you could engage students in other cities.

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Meena, I've updated my idea and created a blog: http://theirproblemisours.blogspot.com/
I'm hoping to be able to run a dialogue in my advisory class next week. I'll keep you posted. Thanks!

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Nice one! We're looking forward to hearing how things go. Keep up the great prototyping approach...

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Melchior, you might also want consider this that Meena had shared with me on one of my research posts: http://www.artefactgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Behavior-Change-Strategy-Cards-with-Dividers-Feb-2014.pdf
that could provide you some ideas on how to manage the conversation in your advisory but maybe also to develop a tool kit for others. Just a thought.

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Melchior,

I thought you might want to check Michael's recent idea: http://www.openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/ideas/womenfm-awareness-radio-station

I was wondering if thinking of radio could be a potential extension of your idea, and that will address the issue of access to technology mentioned by Meena,

In other challenges, there were also interesting posts on the use of radio:
http://www.openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/evaluation/learning-radio-station

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/8th

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/vibrant-cities/inspiration/reporting-skills-community-support-emphasis-on-health-youth-radio-in-oakland

http://www.openideo.com/challenge/usaid-humanity-united/inspiration/15-year-old-from-sierra-leone-constructs-radio-from-scraps

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Gender inequality is still an issue in this world. However, it gets better. Educate young people is a good way to solve this problem. I really like your idea, and I am sure it will be helpful for solving this problem.

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Yes, I believe so too, and I want to help start the problem solving.