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Creating opportunities through existing resources

Any relevant organization(e.g. consulting firms, NGOs, government agencies)would research growth opportunities in various communities & would devise business plans to make use of these opportunities in any sector e.g. tourism, agriculture, technology.The establishment of businesses would be encouraged to operate within these sectors & a portion of the funds that would otherwise be allotted as unemployment benefits would be used for the startup capital & employee salaries. These businesses would hire people who are unemployed,but are actively seeking employment,to manage the business & to fill all other positions according to their skills & competences & would be prepared to train those wishing to improve their skills or acquire new skills.

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Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

This idea would benefit people who want to work but are unable to find employment due to scarcity of opportunities in their communities. It would also benefit communities with untapped resources, because it would make optimal use of the growth potential of these communities. Finally it's important to note that a portion of the funds that would otherwise be paid as unemployment benefits to people who are seeking employment would now be used productively in actually creating employment opportunities.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

Such an initiative would significantly increase the opportunities for young people to to receive training and/or acquire new skills within their community.

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

Any input would be welcome and much appreciated.

The idea emerged from:

  • A group brainstorm

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation

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Hey Sylvia...I like your thinking. In fact the end goal of this https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/open-source-business-models is a privatised version of what you have suggested. What are your thoughts on creating a private/non-governmental version of this?

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Hi Simon! Thanks for the comment and the excellent point you made. Creating a private/non-governmental version of my suggestion would be the end goal.

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