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Passion is contagious!

This is the perfect moment to talk about Steve.

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The highlight:
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle."
We know this is a classical, but he was or is one of the best pioneers of the world. So, we want to keep his passion alive. Keep in your mind that we have to take job decisions seriously, but that doesn't mean we have to be inflexible with ourselves. We can not stop looking. We have to get our balance in order to build a great life. Passion is a very potent element that make us do impossible things. Looking for that passion is not always easy, but is in deed is contagious.
What we want to do is to link those Generation Y people with passionate ones, which will help to spread the word, the job. An initial way of doing this is to make our idea sexy, appealing for all the players involved to make them linked: young, companies, schools, local government, etc. Once they agree to be part of the team, we need to say it out loud thru all the possible touchpoints. Local goverment should be our most solid allied in terms of economical support, as we aim to solve two big local issues: unemployment and dropout school rate.

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

The players are: 1. Generation Y (both groups) 2. Professionals who loved their jobs 3. Schools, Universities, Educational centers 4. Local governments 5. Families M otivation by order: 1. Help them to find their path, passion 2. Help them to spread the word, inspire other people 3. Get students, offer better career paths 4. Decrease drop-out school rate, and unemployment 5. Have a more healthy society, less stressed, less pressure, enjoy more, better quality of life

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 while widening their networks. 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 would love to do and 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.

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

We are looking for ways to make a mock-up platform and then pilot the service with local youth, professionals, companies, schools, and parents and we need to dive deeper into the question of funding. In case you have any suggestions, please let us know!

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 are looking for support to build a highly intuitive website and 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!

The idea emerged from:

  • An OpenIDEO Meetup

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to be involved in prototyping but need partners at some stage


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