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"One Day" experience gets young people in contact with passionate professionals, active in a field they find interesting, to meet up with them -on the job- for one day. Verifying the impact of the One Day experience, for young people to make better informed choices about their future career is key for identifying the succes of this service. Just as much as young people learning through One Day that one can become a passionate professional through many different and often surprising routes. One Day helps 18 year olds to make their own well informed career decisions at a young age, preventing youth unemployment at a later stage.

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ONE DAY in a nutshell!

"One Day" is an online platform that gives young people (our users) the chance to get in contact with passionate professionals, who are active in a field the user is interested in, and see for a day what it would be like to actually have such a job and find out how they managed to get there, while widening their networks.​

On the other hand One Day gives the possibility for professionals to share with young people what they are passionate about, explaining what they like about it (and what not) and to support and inspire young people to find their way to do what they are passionate about.

At the same time they get to know passionate young people who are interested in their field of work, who might become their colleugues in the future.... One Day, or their clients.

SNEAK PEAK


 


Either in follow up of a career test or through social media marketing (e.g. http://www.whatchado.com/en/), young people are redirected to our website. TED style events as suggested by the OpenIDEO London Meetup, would be a great way to get in contact with both target groups: young people and passionate professionals. And as our new team mate Bernice Chan pointed out, an annual event similar to the Canadian "Take our Kids to Work Day" is a perfect way to open companies up for young people!

 

THE PLATFORM


The homepage of the online platform provides users four possibilities:

  1. A matchmaking search engine to find people with the professions and passions you are interested in

  2. A random overview of people with a description of their professions and passions you can swipe through to get inspired and click on for further details and contact information

  3. An exploration test that helps you better define what you would like to be doing, in case you don’t have such a clear idea yet 

A roadmap that shows the steps you have taken with us so far in exploring your options to follow your passion and what other steps you could still take (up to inspiring others!)
 

THE PROCESS 


When a user has found an interesting profession on the website, he/she can get in contact with the passionate professionals executing such a job, so called "buddies". They can first chat online to learn a bit more about each other and the profession of interest, followed by scheduling a first meet up together through the website.

Prior to spending a full day, people can first meet for e.g. an hour to simply see the workplace and talk more in depth about the job and each others background etc. The next step is to actually try out the job. The user is received by the professional, shown around and after a short exlanation regarding the activites planned for the day and some shadowing of what the professional does, its time for some action! Ideally there are always a couple of tasks that can be done by the young person. We strongly believe in the principle of "Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand".

After the One day has taken place, a short evaluation email is send out to hear whether the One Day has gone well and whether the user got enthusiastic about the type of profession or would like to try out other jobs instead. This way we will be continuously measuring the impact of One Day.

In case the user is very enthusiastic about the profession, a next step can be made by talking about the type of education that is needed to get such a job in the future.

In case of slightly older users who already follow a relevant education, a conversation might be started between the user and the company about short internships etc. to have a bit more time to get experience and develop the required skills.

The One day experience allows users to experiment and explore different jobs without having to fear for making mistakes. There are no wrong choices; e.g. finding out that being a doctor is very different from what you thought, making you decide to do something else with your life, is a very good result of participating in One day!

It also gives beautiful showcases of people who manage to find, or create, a job that they really enjoy doing and examples of people who manage to balance their working life with their private life in such a way they can do what they are passionate about.


USER EXPERIENCE


MAP: Here!

VIDEO:

 


 SOME BACKGROUND INFO ON OUR WORK

Our own local challenge in Barcelona

In January this year we started working with our local OpenIDEO team on the topic: Generation-Y in Barcelona. We started off with a number of interviews and developed empathy maps of different local Gen-Y people, in different stages of their life and career. Later on in the process we also organised a co-creation session in the city, which gave us even more insights in the challenges Gen-Y face here in Barcelona. Based on this empathy research we could define the above mentioned challenge:

How might we help Gen-Y in Barcelona exploring their options to follow their passions in a meaningful way?
 
Insights from our research

Some of the most important insights we derived from the executed co-creation session, empathy maps and interviews would be the following four:
  • Gen-Y who are still studying or at the beginning of their career are far less worried about their future career steps in comparison to those with working experience. They do however have a strong urge to explore and express their own identity, discover what qualities they have and what their "purpose" or "passion" could be.
     
  • Gen-Y with work experience on the other hand, are often searching a balance between growing, learning and doing new things on the one hand and financial and social stability on the other. In short: no stress while not being bored either.
     
  • Doing something else for a living than what you studied for is by many Spanish people perceived as failure: you choose the wrong education. Which is why people stick too long to a job they very much dislike or more often they become unemployed. Many of the local unemployed find fault with the system, the economy, political corruption  or any other cause outside of their control. This enlarges the lack of self empowerment. By many Spanish work is also perceived as something negative, not something you are supposed to enjoy.
     
  • Entrepreneurship is not popular in Spain. This is mainly due to the culture being risk averse (afraid of failure) and more fatalistic than others. The higher education in Spain also has a strong theoretical focus on the memorization of knowledge rather than the development of skills such as independency, self-confidence and decision-making.

NEXT STEPS

Basic Timeline Estimate


 

What are the next steps for implementing this idea?

# Basic Timeline Estimate pictured above and downloadable pdf on the right.

Main next steps to take:
# 1) Role-play experiments with our local group members as if they were users and buddies to observe and better understand the exact needs of the One Day platform users. (already taking place, see video and storyboards attached)

# 2) Contacting: schools, parents and potential "buddies", to communicate our platform and get feedback from the target groups and to do some early experiments with young people. We will ask them what they would like to do, One Day, and then try to make that happen, searching for appropriate buddies. Before and after their One Day we will ask the participants about their expectations (what they would like to get out of it) and experiences (were the expectations met, what was the bonus take away and looking back, what more could they have gotten out of it). During the One Day we will observe during the interaction during the early experiment phase.
(More info can also be found under the adapted description of "What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?")

 # 3) Implementation: The insights from our research, feedback from youth, professionals, parents, teachers etc. and our observations during the pilot will help us to design and implement the One Day website.
We have some clear ideas already based on our research so far, but this needs further development.

# 4) Feedback: Following the lean startup principles, we plan to constantly evaluate and iterate the service we are developing as we go. Part of the service will always be the preparation and evaluation with participants: youth and professionals. This is for us to improve our service and for our users to improve what they get out of the service.

# 5) Funding Plan and Growth: We will keep contacting governments, universities, non profit and social innovation organisations and foundations, to present our platform. This step is crucial to build and maintain this service for the youth, initially in Barcelona - eventually world-wide!

# Potential Partners:
For the online part we are considering to partner with one of the platforms that Uwe suggested below: http://www.whatchado.com/en/ to integrate their quick test of 14 questions "to find your calling" in the One Day website.
To get in contact with the local youth, we aim to work with schools and universities and professionals that support young people in choosing a career.
Financially, as mentioned under step 5) we want to partner with governments, universities, non profit and social innovation organisations and foundations.

Briefly describe a user scenario which illustrates the specific need that your idea is trying to solve.

# User scenario: Jordi is an 18 years old boy finishing high school with the upcoming phase in his life to decide what to study. He is very afraid to make the wrong decision and be stuck for the rest of his life at a job he does not like or will never be good at. There are also so many possibilities he doesn’t know anything about. His parents have talked to him and in school he has done a test and talked with some teachers. He now has some vague ideas of possibly interesting directions but still really does not know what to do!

# Insights from research: During our research in Spain we got a lot of insights related to the perception of failure. Doing something else for a living than what you studied for is by many Spanish people perceived as failure: you chose the wrong education. Teachers and parents have a very high influence (and pressure) on the career choices kids make during high school, in Spain often much higher than the kids themselves! On top of that, the Spanish higher education is still extremely theoretical compared to many other countries. Therefore , very often, people only find out what the real work is like when they enter their first job or do an internship in their final year. Which is off course quite late to find out it is not your type of job.
This is why people feel stuck in a job they very much dislike or more often they become unemployed. Many of the unemployed then find fault with the system, the economy, political corruption or any other cause outside of their control. This enlarges the lack of self empowerment. In this sense (the wrong) education choice is limiting ones´ possibilities to develop a career rather than creating opportunities to benefit from and further develop passions and skills.

# How One Day helps to overcome this problem: One Day helps young people to get a better understanding about themselves and the things they like doing and at the same time it creates the opportunity for people to help each other in exploring the options they have to follow their passions. It gives a "sneak preview" into the future to prevent young people from making this "mistake" in a country where pivoting is not yet perceived as a positive move for personal and career development. By supporting these young people when they are approximately 18 already, so that they can make informed rather than enforced decisions at such a young age, we help prevent youth unemployment at a later stage.

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

One day benefits young people who struggle with the following questions:
· How can I find my purpose / my passion / happiness / … ?
· How do I discover what I can do and explore my options?
· How can I make the first steps?


Primarily, the platform is aimed at local youth still in high school, who need to make crucial choices about their future careers (often around the age of 18 in Spain).

Secondary, the platform aims to support students and people who have doubts or regrets about their chosen paths and have the need to explore other options.

Other key stakeholders of One day are the people who are passionate about their chosen careers and the companies they work for who are interested to meet young people interested in their field of work.

Furthermore the local and national governments are important stakeholders, and so are the schools, universities and the parents of local youth.

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

One day is an online platform that gives people the chance to get in contact with passionate professionals active in a field they are interested in and see for a day what it would be like to actually do such a job and find out how they managed to get there.

On the other hand it gives the possibility for other people to share what they are passionate about, what they like about it (and what not) and to help and inspire people to find their way to start doing something they love to do. Besides this, they get to know passionate young people interested in their field of work.


On August 19, an interview Tim Brown (IDEO) had with Dick Bolles (best-selling author of the book “what color is your parachute”) was published on LikedIn. The interview was done to inspire people for the summer challenge of OpenIDEO on a topic very related to our local challenge: How might we build better employment opportunities and pathways for young people around the world?

In the interview, Bolles made a compelling case for the value of self-knowledge. Furthermore he wonders why people don’t work together and help each other in job hunting and indicates that giving people hope is crucial.

One Day helps young people to get a better understanding about themselves and the things they like doing and it creates the opportunity for people to help each other in exploring the options they have to follow their passions.

One Day provides a "sneak preview" into the future to prevent young people from making the "wrong education choice" in a country where pivoting is not yet perceived as something positive for a career. By supporting them to make informed rather than enforced decisions at such a young age, we help prevent youth unemployment at a later stage.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

The young people we explained One day to were already very enthusiastic about the idea. The first steps are a set of off-line test to see if everything works the way we thought of it in the customer journeys that we mapped out. Especially the part where the professionals come in will need some attention; what is in it for them and for their employers?

We do a very basic early pilot through some schools we are in contact with; asking young people around 18 years old what kind of work they would like to try out for One Day and then try to find professionals in their field of interest (in some cases together with them if they know somebody. This helps to show young people what they are capable of themselves).
When we have found a match, we are in contact with both parties to learn what their expectations of One Day are and to prepare well for the One Day, for them to get the most out of it (mainly finding out what their motivation is to participate, what they want to get out of it).
Besides keeping close contact with both parties, in some cases we also observe (part of) the day where they meet for the One Day. We do this during the pilot phase to also get a good understanding of the crucial parts of the experience where we would normally not be involved in person.
In all cases we are also in contact with both parties after the One Day to evaluate the experience. We want to know whether it met their expectations and if, looking back, some things could have been more effective when done differently.

Verifying the impact of the One Day experience to make better informed choices about a future career is key for identifying the succes of this service. Just as much as young people learning through One Day that one can become a passionate professional through many different and often surprising routes.
 From a service point of view, a crucial question (for both parties) is whether they would recommend a peer to also experience One Day.

Beside learning how we can improve the different touch points within the service, these experiments also teach ourselves a lot about the easiness and difficulty to get in contact with young people and professionals to be involved in One Day, and to open up companies.

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

We would love to get in contact with people and organisations that want to take part in the development of this service into a good working platform, helping young people exploring their options to follow their passions in a meaningful way and create the life and career that fits them best!

1. We are looking for support to build a highly intuitive website

2. We are looking for people and organisations who want to support us financially to properly build and maintain this service, initially in Barcelona - eventually world-wide!

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Hi. Great idea. A similar but more extensive idea around internships based in the US is being done by 'The Experience Institute". Could we worth checking out, http://expinstitute.com/

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Barceloooooona!
Congratulations... Awaiting to put things in practice. You guys have led some ideas build pathways to explore and express very well. I was thrilled to learn about "One Day" itself. I always want to feel a day and then take up next steps. This has simply expressed the pain point of youth. Eager to do my part during Nov-Jan at Indian Rural villages.

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Thanks Pri!!

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Hey Barcelona,

I was just reading the requirements and I thought "Social Getwork" can be your match making app online? We are developing it with Makers Academy (if we make it)

A matchmaking search engine to find people with the professions and passions you are interested in - Social Getwork
What say?

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Hi Pri,
Thanks for your suggestion! Iva will be in contact with you to see whats possible! :-)

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Oh man, this sounds amazing!

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Thanks for your enthusiasm Era! :-)

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Hey Barcelona OpenIDEO team, congratulations for such a stellar idea. I would have loved to do this at 18 (I feel I might have chosen a slightly different path!). It really addresses the distinction between subject matter and applied tasks in a really informative and engaging way (in that, you can discover that you might love applying your skills towards certain tasks, but not the subject matter that it is applied to, and visa versa). I can't wait to see where you go with this!

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Thanks Jes for your nice feedback!

Exactly, the applied tasks so often are something people only discover by the time they have finished their education! Many of our team also would have loved to get a sneak peek into their jobs before studying for it.

We will keep you posted on where this goes on the impact page of this challenge!

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Hi Everyone!
We are thrilled to know we are one of the winners ideas. The Team is very grateful for your comments, ideas, additions, tips, applauses, feedback, links. You were absolutely inspiring and supportive!

We will keep working on this project to make it happens, so stay tuned!

Cheers, from a very happy barcelona openideo team!!

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Team One Day! another great thing about Barcelona! Congratulations!

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Thanks Bettina :) very sweet!

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I second Bettina's comment! I will now add this idea to my list of things that I love about Barcelona. It's also inspiring to see such a great project be launched from the collaborative efforts of an OpenIDEO meetup team!

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Thanks Shane!
So much love going around!! :)

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Congratulations to the amazing team!! I am very proud of you guys! I hope that this will go on to become a viable and sustainable concept! And looking forward to helping in whatever way I can! :)

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I like the idea and can see how it would be very impactful to a high school student as they begin to explore career options.

A few comments and ideas I have:

1. You could have several use cases here. While this would be very valuable for high school students, I believe you could offer the service to people throughout different stages of life (middle school, high school, during college, young professionals, graduate students, etc.).

2. Sustainability: As mentioned above I believe this is a service that many young professionals would be eager to take advantage of and many would likely be willing to pay for the opportunity to spend a day with a professional or thought leader. Maybe a “freemium” model where the service is free for high school and/or college students and young professionals pay a fee to participate.

3. Engagement: for this to be successful, you need to create a network effect so that you have high quality professionals in “desirable” and diverse careers who are willing to host students and the curious career explorers. Beyond the intrinsic joy of giving back to the community, what else does this offer to the professionals? (e.g. corporate social responsibility initiative? Marketing of their brand? Potential pipeline of interested students for future hiring?)

4. Content and offerings: You mention an interest in partnering with the platform http://whatchado.com that asks 14 questions for people to find their calling. I think it is important to recognize that careers are increasingly dynamic and most of us don’t end up in our “dream job” directly after school, but often take stops along the way to build specific skill sets, explore, etc. Take the use case of a high school student: A good place to start could be to first understand more qualitatively what types of skills the student wants to build or enjoys developing (e.g. based on favorite classes, extracurricular activities, etc.), activity based values, and some aspects of personality. It can be difficult to understand what types of activities and skills are involved in different jobs and careers. Your platform could help a student identify their personal profile and then map this to a variety of job profiles that are aligned. The next step could then be to offer a link to the professionals who are offering a “shadow visit” that have a career that aligns with the student’s interests. (A company called SkillScan has a pretty good activity, but works best when someone can help administer it, but something to check out). Lastly, offering a place where you curate content or allow someone to better understand what skills are needed for certain types of jobs and how to develop those skills (e.g. someone who wants to work at IDEO may think it makes sense to get an MBA and then learn too late that a degree in human computer interaction or design research may have been a better step).

5. Leverage existing networks: I love that you are interested in providing this to NGOs, the government, and other organizations working with students. A benefit to you is a lot of these non-profits and similar organizations have staff already paid to provide these types of services and if you provide the platform, you can essentially leverage existing infrastructures and staff to be the facilitators and distributors. Look at organizations such as http://Code.org that have staff who do a “Train the Trainer” approach, training teachers in classrooms how to use their software with students, thus growing at a much more rapid rate.

6. Serve the underserved: Numerous studies show the importance of one’s network and social capital. It can often be more difficult for students from certain socioeconomic classes to break into the same networks or access the same resources as students in higher socioeconomic classes. Potentially you can engage certain professionals who are particularly interested in helping out a certain demographic group whose “shadow sessions” are reserved for a certain subset of students/users (e.g. “Girls who code” or how many companies have recruiting events or special professional development events for people of color, women, etc.).


I love how you are building upon the concept of mentorship and creating a platform for students and career explorers to proactively build a new network and way to better learn and explore their future. Best of luck!!!

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WOW Rebecca, awesome ideas! Your inputs are going to be very handy for our future development. We like as well how the project/idea is taking shape. Looks like magic but there is a big effort and work behind! So BIG thanks for your addition and support!

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Congratulations One Day!! :D Excited to work for more!

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Hi Pri!
Thanks so much, we are very excited for this project and want to make it a reality! So we hope to be giving more updates soon!

Congratulations to you too!

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Big congrats Barcelona OpenIDEO Meetup!! Well done team.
All the best,
Leigh

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Thanks Leigh! We are so excited dancing on top of tables :)

Congratulations to you too off course! We really your idea!

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I love the idea! I wish I had the opportunity to have a One Day experience when I was in high school. I'm not sure if this has come up before in the comments, or if I have over looked this, but how will you consider locations and availabilities for certain occupations? For example, say I am a high school student located in the middle of the United States and wanted to learn more about being a marine biologist on the coast, but there aren't marine biologists around in my location. How would a student who is geographically limited be able to participate in such an interactive experience? This situation could also apply to students in third-world countries who may not have certain occupations of interest in available in that area. Any ideas on how to address this? Would love to hear your ideas :)

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Hi Tiffany,
Good question. We haven't quite got that far yet I think :)) We are still looking at how to launch a small localized pilot, we are not quite on the continental scale yet! :))

I think the first part of the magic of One Day is that fact that you find out that such a job such as marine biologist even exists. Even with internet I think we are still quite limited to the types of jobs that exist, both culturally as well as geographically. So matching a job description to the passions and interests of a teenager is one of the more important steps.

Once you have a match between passionate kid and a job, I would guess 3/4 of the battle is done. Either the company would sponsor the kid, or go halves with the parent. Not to mention digital inverview through video camera, or a skype call with the One day mentor strapping a webcam to his head or using a bike helmet cam or similar. The options are endless really.

Maybe even a means of crowdfunding for kids to crowdfund their need... just thinking out loud :)
Thanks for the feedback though!

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Great good to know Stephan! Thanks for the response :) Good luck!

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Love the mantra. And totally agree! I've see both sides of that shadowing coin and was grateful for the experience on either end.

One piece of feedback --> (Apologies if it is duplicative)

It's often challenging to make a strong brand promise/set expectations/control quality with services where you don't have control over the in-person experience....

How might you create consistency of the in-person experience for "One Day..." by selecting and empowering the best hosts?

In your piloting and ongoing research, it might be helpful to dive into analogous projects (Airbnb, Skillshare, EatWith) to see the ways in which they vet/prepare their host providers. What "signature" experience components do they ensure occur? How are they expanding their experience lifespan (airbnb)? You could also pick the brains of similar programs at various university alumni associations or high schools. They probably have many learnings to share from shadowing programs that already exist.

Understanding the way in which you build these memorable experiences and relationships is crucial to the core to differentiating and scaling the "One day with..." program.

Best of luck!

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Hi all! Great comment, questions and suggestions Melanie.

    Can it be helpful to build a suggested set of steps that the host might take to "set the stage" for the "One Day" experience? I attended a medical education conference years ago for physician teachers - those that work with med students and doctors in training. One important conversation was "How can the physician prepare for students at the practice site beforehand?" - whatever location and type of practice it is. This entailed thinking about how the day is structured, alerting ancillary staff that a student will be joining on specific dates, and perhaps including a patient/s in this mix. Can the physician decrease the caseload in order to plan more time to supervise the student? Depending on one's control of their workplace and schedule this is more or less possible. What can One Day learn from this?
    How can the host prepare and what can the One Day creative team offer them in terms of suggestions or an outline?
    Can the host choose to invite the student on a day when there is something interesting happening at the site - for example a team meeting?
    Can the host modify their work schedule on that day in an attempt to allow time for the student to shadow and participate as well as specific time to sit together and review, answer questions, reflect?
    Can the host let his/her colleagues know in advance that a student will be visiting so that they are ready to welcome them and share something as well?
    If the host's work involves direct interaction with clients would it be possible to speak with the clients beforehand to ask their permission to include the student in a conversation or meeting?
   The experience will still be authentic but with preparation at the workplace it might be more welcoming, engaging and feel less pressured, rushed overall.

   Can One Day also offer suggestions to students in terms of preparation? Can they give advice on what is expected at a work place visit - punctuality, "soft skiils" etc.? Would it be important for the student to research or read about the organization, industry prior to the visit? Can One Day ask hosts for their input on this?
   I bring up prep for students based on feedback I received when I reached out to professionals for their input on Gavin's "PreFlight" Idea. The feedback is from a 30 year old young woman who works as an Associate Planner at Macy's Corp. in NYC. She currently volunteers through the corporation's community initiative in a college prep program at a high school for girls in East Harlem. Many of the students will be the first in their family to attend college. Her feedback on this volunteer experience is valuable here. Her remark -
   "The reason that volunteering with this school is so enjoyable is because it is incredibly well organized..........The school asks for volunteers through corporations as a one time commitment, but most people sign up every time there is an event because it is so well organized and the students are so well prepared by the school."
     An agenda is sent to the volunteers well in advance which includes the topic, suggested conversation starters, etc. The first step is for a 1 to 1 meet/greet between volunteer and student, similar to the one you (Barcelona Team) describe above although at the school with the rest of the program immediately following. The volunteers' agenda lists things that volunteers should be sure to mention/share about themselves as well as vague questions to ask students if they are nervous, quiet at this first meeting. The students come prepared. They know what the agenda is for the evening and are ready to share and to ask questions. Structure and organization was the framework for a successful event. Volunteers and students were able to meet on a personal level. Students gained skills and knowledge in this exchange. Volunteers enjoyed the experience, felt it was time well spent, and came back again.
    Can "setting the stage" for host and student help facilitate the One Day experience, leading to positive experiences which will grow this network?

   Good luck developing the experience in Barcelona and beyond!

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Hi Melanie!
Great approach. Expectations are a key point on this experience. We need to find a way of dealing with that and with the high responsability that involves. Because we hope to be dealing with 18 years old and older people.
Empower the best hosts is an awesome idea, and we will for sure take that ingredient to our recipe ;)
And we agree with you that the quality of the experience is the core for our differentiation!
Many many thanks!!!
Iva

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Hi Bettina!!
First, BIG thanks for all the goodness you share!
The preparation phase with the hosts (what we call Buddies) is mandatory. On our process the first step is a chat with the buddies (the first contact), then we comment on the expectations with the users (what do they want to take out from the day), preparation with the buddies, preparation with the users, and after the experience get feedback from both sides.
We know that work environments have to be dealt delicately, but we are sure Buddies will make the agenda for the best day possible, so the user can get the most realistic feeling of what the job is all about - knowing that is difficult to get it all from just one day.

Your comments will help us a lot to make a more lean estructure!
We hope to upload more content on the upcoming days!
Cheers,
Iva

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Thanks Iva for clarifying. I see that you have this outlined in Next Steps - apologies for not seeing that. Excited to see what you post next!

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I like the 'One Day' experience, and I wonder: how do you ensure that the beneficiaries of the One Day project do not forget about it after one day? Maybe you could think about it as a continuous process, say doing it each month in a given number of schools.

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Hi Jean-Marc! hanks for the feedback, very interesting insight we need to take in consideration. We have been working so far in the engaging phase, but this will be for sure in our minds!

Cheers,
Iva

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One Day... I would like to visit Google and see if I fit their work culture. I am seeing this possibility for age groups 10 - 30 years. Amazing UX map and all the good work. Can't wait to see where this goes. I would love to take this to India.
Have you thought about incentives for these kids who will be applying at One Day? Also some goodies? or application procedure for youth. You can simply start this right away. Make a website > Talk to companies and add them > go to a school @ Barcelona and tell them that you have this great platform > parents and teachers are excited > Kids sign up > Companies are excited to walk them through > They go and experience the goodness of the work culture > A kid will start preparing it's journey towards joining the company in 8-10 yrs > One-Day gets paid through these company sponsorship!

You are creating a students career journey.... You can see this - http://oneday.org/ !! (I am sensing some partnerships)

Also you can consider buying a domain name - http://workforoneday.org $8.99 and it's for sale on http://GoDaddy.com . oneday is not available as per my knowledge.
Happy to see this beautiful opportunity for youth.

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Hi Pri,

Thanks for the compliments again!
No contacts at Google yet to make that happen on short term but we will let you know when we have some contacts in there! :-)

So far the youth (and older people) we spoke to are very excited about the idea and are happy to join without any incentive or goodies. It is more difficult to find the companies and professionals to match them to. For companies spending a day means loosing out on making money, for the youth spending one day is a very interesting experience.

Our very first experiments are even without a website, we go to some schools we are in contact with and ask 18 year olds what they would like to try out for One Day and then try to find matching professionals. You could pilot a similar thing in India.

A next step will indeed be building the online platform and start contacting professionals to add them to the One Day group of buddies.

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Great job team. Is it possible to demonstrate how this can be applied offline in a developing country like Uganda where internet is problematic?

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Good question Alex!

Without internet it is off course a lot more difficult to spread the word and make matches etc. But the basic idea of asking young people what they would like to try out for One Day and try to make that happen (with or without some sort of database of professionals) can be done anywhere.
You could get in contact with your target group through schools perhaps and with professionals maybe through unions, or starting with the parents of the young people you are contacting.

Things will work different without internet for sure but still possible with a bit of creativity and experience and knowledge of how things get done in e.g. Uganda, I think you can get pretty far setting such a service up!

BR
Anneke

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Thx for adding me to the team.

 Sometimes I read a briefing again and again so I can reflect ideas. In this phase I saw the sentence about "gamification" - please check out the following website : http://fliplife.com/ I was engaged with the founders before they sold it to kaisergames. The idea was to built up a gaming portal where employees can discover their company by taking over "new" virtual jobs. The game is/was extremly helpful for e.g. a transformation phase of M&A projects or to built up an employer branding strategy so graduates can "walk-around" the company and see how it fits to them or not.

I believe this gaming platform would be very helpful for "one day" so the user can explore and match the perfect "one day match" and can prepare virtually what they will discover later on live at the "on day" interaction.

What do you think?

If it would be interesting for you, I could try to get in touch with the owner of kaisergames / fliplife and ask them if they would support our project idea. Maybe we could do with them and the teams from London and Barcelona,... an openideo meetup in Cologne. I would also to try that we get some "brain" support from Deutsche Telekom and the uqbate Program (http://www.telekom.com/uqbate-program) or from my own incubator.

uqbate is normally an intrapreneur program but I am part of the coaching team and I now the Head of Innovation Mgmt very well. ;-)

BR UWE

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Hi Uwe,

Very interesting suggestions again!

http://www.whatchado.com/en/ can be a good addition to our online service, very much in line with our ideas. Something like that can already be turned into a "ramification" part of which the results can be shared on e.g. Facebook.
Fliplife would be a next level of gamification, I´m not sure if that would damage a serious reputation to be build. I´ll talk it over with the Barcelona team at our next meetup!

Regarding the other suggestions you made, I had a look at the Deutsche Telekom link you send and as I understand it, that would be more the other way around right; we would be supporting entrepreneurs of uqbate, in stead of them supporting us in our project. Or did I misunderstand?

End of next month I have to be in Stuttgart for work, closer to Cologne than Barcelona, might be an opportunity to meet you and talk further about these projects and ideas?

BR
Anneke

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Fab updates, guys! Loving all the visual goodness & extra detail as you continue to flesh out plans for One Day.

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Hi Meena! Thanks for the sweet words, step by step, week after week, the idea is taking form. We are excited to see this blossoming!

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Congrats – you're the Featured Contribution today!

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Wow!! That is great news!!! Thank you Meena & OpenIDEO team!

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This sounds like a great idea. You may want to check out "Take our Kids to Work Day" program that we have in Canada (http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/what-we-do/student-programs/take-our-kids-to-work ). It is an national annual program, where parents take their high-school to work for a day in November year.

I'm really excited this idea. It will be neat to see this program implemented on a global-scale. Definitely would love to help out and explore opportunities to collaborate.

Thanks,

Bernice

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Thanks Bernice!

That is a great initiative! They have a similar / same thing in the states which we stumbled upon in the process. We talked about it with a woman who worked there for some years. She indicated that it is a great and fun day where your office turns into a playground almost with the amount of kids walking around and that companies organise fun stuff for the kids to do etc.

We think it would be great to do a similar thing for kids in high school, but than a bit more serious so that they see what the real job looks like. We also considered it for marketing purposes... to have one day a year to make some noise about it and the rest of the year just have normal days to join somebody for real.

Have you participated in these "take your kids to work days" either years ago as a kid or now at work? Would be interesting to hear your perspective on it!

Shall I add you to the team here?

Thanks,
Anneke

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Hi Anneke,

Thank you for the invitation. I would love to join the team and collaborate.

I have participated in the “Take our kids to work” days when I was in high-school and also my current workplace participates in the program as well.

Key takeaways from my experiences:

 - Everyone’s experiences with the program may vary depending on the employer. For example, my current workplace has a full-day program for the employees to bring their kids to work on “Take Our Kids to Work Day” day. In other cases, parents just informally bring their kids to work and they do job shadowing them for day.

 - From my experiences, some students may not be able to find an employer to host them for the “Take Our Kids to Work” day because parent cannot make this arrangement with their work place or they may be a stay-at-home parent. It is often up to the students/parents to find informally friends/relatives to host their kids for that day. There’s no process to help facilitate this matching process.

Some thoughts/considerations:

 - Some companies may not be able to make these arrangements due safety/ confidentiality concerns or it may interfere with their day to day work. As such, in addition to the key professionals, it may be important as well to get various workplaces/companies on board with the program/”One Day” platform. For the “Take Our Kids to Work” program, they encourage workplaces to formally register for the program

- Students/youth may have to take time out of their school day to participant in the program (unless it happens during the summer holiday). Maybe there is a way to integrate this into their school curriculum or their schedule?


Just some quick thoughts. I’m excited to chat more about it.

Cheers,
Bernice

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Great takeaways and thoughts Bernice! We are happy you want to join the team online! :)

Summer would be a good time for kids to try one or more jobs out for a day. If we can also make it part of the curriculum at schools that would be fantastic! Some had their doubts whether that will be possible here in Spain but we plan to talk with some people who work in education, after the summer holidays, to hear from them what the possibilities are according to them.

Cheers,
Anneke

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Hi Barcelona OpenIDEO and Bernice,

A fellow Canadian here who has participated in Take your Kids to Work Day (TYKTWD) way back when. The one great thing about TYKTWD is scale. While Bernice did point out some instances where students aren't able to go to their parents workplace, i think majority of grade 9s do go somewhere. The downside is, they are going to their parent's workplace and they may not be interested in the same field as their parent. Plus, the student probably already know a bit about what their parent does and that particular work environment.

I like that One Day matches students with organizations they are interested in. I also like that it attempts to build a relationship with the student and it's not really only interaction. I also did a co-op program like Bernice and while I might have not known exactly what work was like when I applied, working for 4 months at a company really helped me understand what I liked and what I did not like about the profession, company etc.. So I think if you can integrate a co-op/internship opportunity somehow it will be really beneficial.

Finally, I wanted to share a concept/platform I recently came across: http://newco.co/

The way i understand it is, a bunch of companies in a city open up their doors to, in this case, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and future influencers, to experience the companies up close and personal. Attendees sign up for the companies/sessions they are interested. It's a concept/platform you might want to consider that might help you achieve the scale you are looking for

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Hi Aysha!

Thanks for your contribution! Good point you raised about kids possibly not interested in the field their parents work in.
In the video of the link Bernice send there is for instance a girl who´s dad works at a Ferrari garage.... I guess quite some of her classmates would have loved to spend One Day there! But she had no passion for mechanics, so it was ok for her to better understand what her dad does, but it did not help herself with her own choices to make!

newco looks very interesting... sort of an adult version of One Day, with a stronger networking focus! Great inspiration of an effective service for another generation!! Thanks!

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Great Idea and I´d love to jion the team. Please checkout the two following websites which might be an interesting input for the points 1-3.

Matchmaking and inspiring : http://www.whatchado.com/en/

Exploration Test: https://www.talentsconnect.com/
Talentsconnect is currently only in German. But there´s a great technology and psychology beyond it. It´s about not finding a job because of the hard skills needed, it´s a about a semantic matchmaking from soft skills. Sth like the dote of an eye if you like to fin the rifht job.

I am engaged on both : whatchado won 2013 the hr innovation award in Germany, where I was part of the internal jury and I cooporate with talentsconnect as we believe it is also a great tool if you like to find and match your perfect digital collaborators.

It would also interesting for me to get a feedback, which teams and persons here at ideo are coming from Europe. We have in Cologne some co-working spaces and incubators who are focusing on social entrepreneurship . It might be interesting to plan a "openideo bar camp" on a weekend in Dez or Jan in Cologne to boost some of the ideas which are created here online.

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Hi Uwe, Thanks for your feedbacck and the links. They both look very interesting. The whatchado test is similar to what we have been thinking about for One Day. It would be great to get your help and colaboration in developing "One Day".

The Open Ideo Barcelona Team is mostly europeans, as we are a group that physically meets up weekly to develop ideas.
Regards
Stephan

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Hi Uwe!

Many thanks for the links, they are very interesting (Stephan is german, so he will translate the second for the rest of the team ;))
We really appreciate you read our idea! The "Openideo Bar Camp" is a very cool idea, keep us updated about it! Who knows and we meet each others in Cologne!

Cheers,
Iva

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Hi again Uwe!

Thanks again for your great contributions! Looking into them and as Stephan mentioned it could be great to see if we can combine whatchado with One Day!

I assume you ment joining the team here online on the platform, I will add you to the group! :-) Looking forward to be in contact!

Best,
Anneke

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Congratulations on making it to the Youth Employment Challenge Refinement list, Barcelona Meetup team! We found your depth of research and your use of technology to educate young people on potential career pathways and then connect them to employers for additional information, mentorship and on-site experiences to be exciting. In this next phase, you might want to consider how you to develop an early experiment of the platform and test the concept with a small group of young people and professionals in your community. What would the experiment look like? How would you measure success? And what questions would you ask participants to inform future iterations of the platform. Additionally, how might you support young people after they have participated in One Day? What additional information and opportunities would you provide for future success? Lastly, you highlighted the difficulty of transition or pivoting to new career pathways, especially when they differ from the young person's field of study. Would One Day support young people who are currently employed but interested in pursuing other career pathways? What would this model look like, and how might it impact long-term employment for young people? We're eager to see your tackle these provocations as you continue to refine your idea. Check out more tips for Refinement: http://bit.ly/oi-refine

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Hi Guys! We are so excited to be on the refinement phase! We have put so much effort, time and heart into this project, we feel like super heros :)
We are planning already how to approach to the refinement, we have read the tips - many thanks for that! - and how we can answer to all those fantastic questions that just make us to be more in love with our idea!
Regarding the pivoting careers, that is our target group B (group A are the younger ones) we want them to have the same opportunities of trying new things; they will be on the plan, even though that many of that group with the time realize what they really like, and is on the transition of making it when they need help, rather than to discover it. We will post more content soon!

Cheers from the BCN team!
Iva

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You can now grab some challenge-specific Refinement tips here: http://ideo.pn/ye-refine-tips Looking forward to your agile refinement-moves to strengthen your idea for impact!

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Hi guys, Thanks! We are almost done with the refinement inputs :)

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Hey, I love the idea!
It seems almost surprising how obvious it is to have students test out different professions just by observing, yet it's hardly ever done.
I found Tim Brown's point that you mentioned interesting: Why don't people help each other with job searching? It's a common situation to be in, but it's often a solo journey.
I'd definitely want to have the chance to see different professionals in action.
Having a "preview day" sounds like a logical next step for my idea as well - something for students who are interested to do as a follow up to the challenge.

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Thanks Gavin!

Yes, we had the same feeling.... we all immediately had a little wish list of professions of which we would like to experience for ourselves for a day! :-)

What kind of professions would you be interested in?
Is there a way you could try those out in your neighbourhood?

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Well, if I could choose any profession....... :)
I'd probably go the SF bay area and tour some tech companies or design firms... That would be possible for me, it's about 90 minutes away. There are obviously lots of smaller companies that I'm not even aware of near me.

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Hi Gavin! Well if you decide to do that tour let us know how it went! ;) aren't there any companies tours that you can join in SF? maybe that is a good idea to biuld!

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Hi Barcelona! We love your idea and keep taking inspiration from it.
We had one thought for you: How about if the young people also taught something new to the professionals? It would open their eyes to different perspectives and also give an incentive to the potential employers to stay in touch and offer them jobs. Something we are exploring in our prototype.

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Great ideas again London.... we love the way we keep on inspiring each other!! :-)

It is true that for many companies and professionals there is a lot to learn from these young people, especially because they can be potential clients and their future workforce!

What kind of things were you thinking about?
Was the idee related to eg the HR or marketing department of the company, for instance how to get the attention from this generation or was the idea more related to completely different things the young people could teach the professionals?

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Great idea! It could end up as one of the "incentives" for companies to allow these youngsters to come to them for a day. If they can get ideas from the young people on how to improve their company during the process it could be a great way for the companies to gain something valuable in the exchange

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Hi there, what the London team is talking about is called "Reverse Mentoring". Many companies implementing such program in terms of demographic change and inside digital transformation program e.g. Bayer AG - a large chemical company defined 270 change agents, mostly younger people, to drive the change mgmtand cultural change towards social business collaboratio tools. The younger people trained the Senior Executives so they could be engaged as beacon to the total organisation.

Here are some links about reverse mentoring and how to set that up.

http://www.inc.com/lee-colan/reverse-mentoring-the-big-benefits-to-learning-from-younger-employees.html

https://blogs.cisco.com/diversity/the-results-how-reverse-mentoring-can-enhance-diversity-and-inclusion/

http://blogs.cisco.com/diversity/how-to-set-up-a-reverse-mentoring-program-in-10-steps/

There is also a very established opensource tool for e-mentoring which might be useful for such online reverse programs.

We dediced to develop our own mentoring tool as moodle is in some areas towards learning controlling and crwod collaboration limited. But on the other side it is good for testing and prototyping.

https://moodle.org/?lang=en_us

BR UWE

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Hi Uwe, thanks for all your knowledge sharing is very useful for us! - very kind!

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The idea of getting people involved is fantastic. We're very excited to be working on a similar idea, involving not only the young generation, but the current professionals as well as the masters or seniors in every field to act as mentors. We'll be combining positive and negative experiences from the older generations to engage and excite or incite collisions with young individuals who's want to be on an specific track or field of study, and listed to the different pathways they can take from their peers or seniors.

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Thanks for you comment Ludvik!
We are happy to hear more people in the world is on the same vibe, involving different ages/generations to develope better careers paths. If you have a link where we can read your idea, let us know!

Cheers!

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Hey BCN folks! Today I was collecting some information about our Refinement shortlisters, including what kinds of jobs they have, via their OpenIDEO profiles. I found out we have: 4 x Design Engineer / Graphic Designer / Designer / Creative Director, 1 x Communications Manager , 1 x Tech Entrepreneur + Intrapreneur, 1 x CEO / Co-founder (social enterprise), 2 x Social Innovator / Social Entrepreneur, 1 x Youth Empowerment Programmes Co-ordinator, 1 x Organisation Development Consultant, 1 x Senate Legislative Officer, 1 x Behavioural Economist, 1 x HR Manager, 1 x Sales Manager, 1 x Educator, 2 x Grad Students (advertising + marketing), 1 x Student (high school).

That's a lot of diversity! We're sure there are some interesting folks in the BCN mix too. Could be great if you might all fill out more details on your OpenIDEO profile pages. Think skills, experience, passions & wit...

We're so excited to have a dynamic group of OpenIDEATORS who are collaborating online and offline. Can't wait to see where you take your idea...

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And nice work on your animated video :^)

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Hi Meena,

Interesting to see such a diversity!
I´ll ask everybody to fill in their profiles a bit more. We mainly use this BCN group account, that is why most don't have an in depth profile .... but we can change that! :-)

Anneke

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I love the piece about having an "exploration test" to help people refine their interests. While spending a day (or a few days) with a professional can certainly help people understand what they are/are not interested in, a more in depth method of self discovery is often essential. Would there be options for young professionals to spend more than one day shadowing someone in their potential field? Also, I would love to see an element included that allows people to not only discover their interests and passions, but also their skills. Keep up the good work!

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I also like this idea and like Anna wrote before, i think there should be an option for the participants to speand more time at the company and get a deeper insight. And of course, show more of their potentials.

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Hi Anna and Daniel,

Thanks both, great comments!
Maybe we can build in a step after the One day so people can further discuss e.g. a summer internship to get more experience and time to show what they can do while further developing the needed skills. This might be most useful for people already following an education in a more or less relevant direction, so that their time already has some value for the company / soon will after employees invested in training them on the internship.

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Hi guys,

I have also thought about what role might play the companies (or what advantages they could get): If the participants liked what they see, the companies could offer the participants an internship for a deeper insight. While this internship, the company may identify if a person is some kind of "High Potential" for the firm. And if this also worked out well for both the company and the intern, the firm may support the person while his education. In this way the companies would get a chance to involve "High Potentials" very early into the corporate culture.

This could make the Day One very attractive to companies.

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I really like where this idea is going. To build on this thought, currently lots of universities and colleges have internship/co-op programs (e.g. University of Waterloo - https://uwaterloo.ca/co-operative-education/about-co-operative-education or the University of Toronto - Professional Experience Year - http://engineeringcareers.utoronto.ca/students/undergraduate-internship/pey/).

 I wonder if we can leverage on these existing coop/internship program to enable to allow participants to spend more time at the company. Perhaps there may be an opportunity for "One Day" program to build partnerships with universities/college's coop and internship programs (e.g. "One Day" could be used has a way for a way for students to sample and try out different jobs/companies before applying to a coop or internship position). I know from my personal experience going through the University of Waterloo coop program, often times students apply for a co-op position without really knowing what the job about or what it is like. I think One Day is a great way for students to have a better idea of what the job is like, before committing to a coop/internship position. That way they could better align their interests and fit to their company.

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Daniel and Bernice,
These are great ideas! Daniel- I like your idea of identifying students as "high potentials" and allowing these students to become more involved with the company at an early stage in their career. This allows the company to potentially benefit greatly, at low risk. And Bernice- I totally agree that students often enter an internship or job without much knowledge of the position, often out of desperation to get an internship/job lined up quickly. "One Day" has great potential to greatly benefit students and companies, simultaneously meeting both of their needs and equipping both groups for high achievement!

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WOW!!
I loved it.
I was thinking of "Communication Design" as a way to explain a "Workday-culture" at organizations so that job seekers (youth) will be able to visualize work process on a typical day. Making videos of a typical workday for the specific job will introduce the job seeker before hands-on. Employers and Employees will have minimum mismatches once the employee is hired. Attitude is one of major reasons for dislike at workplace. But one can correct the attitude by following passion/interests at the workplace and deliver effectively.
Check out the idea for details: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/hire-passionately
This may help in creating a prototype initially. We can work together too.
What say?
Thanks,
Pri

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Hi Pri!!
Thanks for reading us :) your idea sounds very interesting! Recruitment processes have to innovate eventually, make them more visuals sounds like a terrific way. We totally agree on your workplace creation environment, motivation is a key factor to have a rich professional experience. Right now we are putting all our energy on the service's prototyping, we are focusing on link local companies with young people, so we are being more local now, but further on we can catch up and see how we can reunite forces! ;)
Cheers form Barcelona!

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Yes, we all must work together, someday, somewhere.
I loved the 33sec video it is engaging and I need not read at all. I am travelling to India for 2 months and wish to run the "one day" for rural kids. We usually have field trips and one day museum visits and company visits too. But getting that hands-on would create a greater impact.

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That sounds fantastic Pri! Would be great to do this with rural kids in India!!

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Give me some valuable "to-do" things and I would like to dedicate 60 days for this project. Also Pop-up bus's idea that would be a great fit to support them with relevant materials and explain the know-how. I was also thinking about a virtual-one-day - where students work hands-on online or with company representatives.

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Hi Pri!
We are organizing the next steps, we will keep you updated!
Thanks for your kindness, we are delighted!
Cheers,
Iva

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Iva,
Anything for the outreach. I just wish to make it accessible!
Looking forward to implement.
Cheers to you guys on making it to the next stage.

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Congrats to you too Pri! :-)

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Hey team,

The OpenIDEO people in London have been contributing to our idea and generated a really cool new idea out of that!
Check it out here:
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/ted-style-career-talks-and-workshops

Could be a very useful way to get in contact with students and passionate professionals!

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Woohoo – guys... lots of great insights forming this idea! In terms of lightweight experiments, we'd encourage you to think about testing assumptions on the actual in-person 'one day' interaction between youth & professionals before putting a lot of time into mocking up the platform. We're amped to see what you'll learn from putting real people in the picture towards evolving this idea. We're pretty sure you know about our prototyping tips – but here they are again :^) http://ideo.pn/pr0t0type

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Hi Meena, Thanks!!

Thank you for the advice! Yes, indeed that is part of the plan.
The young people we explained One day to so far were very enthusiastic about the idea. The first step we have planned for now with the team are some off-line test to see if everything would work the way we thought of it in the customer journeys we mapped out. Especially the part where the professionals come in will need some attention; what is in it for them and for their employers?
We can give some updates here on when we will be testing it out off-line and let you know what the results were!

In parallel we also plan to use https://popapp.in as an easy (pen and paper) tool to check, with some people not involved in the project, if the basics of the website would be intuitive the way we thought about it so far.

Cheers,
Anneke Stolk
(Coordinator OpenIDEO Barcelona team)

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Way to go, Anneke & co! (and Pop App looks pretty cool too :^)

Something you might want to think about for future posts from the Barcelona Meetup crew, is to set up individual profiles then form a team around an idea. That way everyone in the team will get email notifications for comments on an idea (which promotes team collaboration) and others here will know who's making comments without you having to sign-ff to indicate you're a real person :^) Just a thought in case you didn't know we'd introduced team notifications recently. We're really seeing them having a great effect on collaborative conversations – such as here: https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/pop-up-bus-and-boat-mobile-workshops-that-pop-up-in-communities-around-the-globe-building-pathways-and-employment-opportunities.

Looking forward to ongoing impactful strides from the BNC crew!

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Thanks Meena!

I added some of the BCN team members yesterday .... ( the ones who I could find in the database) I guess that means everybody gets spammed now with the conversations here! :-)

I noticed that they indeed have a lot of conversations going on online about the pop up bus (great idea also!), now I start to learn how it works, thanks!

Photo of Barcelona OpenIDEO Meetup
Team

FYI: Besides Mission 4 (create connections), this idea also highly relates to Mission 5 (Get back on track) but we could not choose more than one.