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Employability career talks and workshops

We agree, OpenIDEO Barcelona: "Passion is contagious"! TED talks are for us one example of passionate people inspiring others by talking about what they do and what they believe in.What if we used this energy and passion to motivate young people to build a successful future for themselves? The idea is very simple: a series of TED-like talks organised locally by volunteers and presented by people who are passionate about what they do. Each speaker would be required to tell their career story and prepare an exercise that illustrates the kind of work they do, a bit like a tiny workshop. These could be recorded and posted online so they are widely available. What if TED speakers were invited to hold a session with a young audience?

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It would be very easy to set up small groups, this is already done with meetups all over the world.  

What are the next steps for implementing this idea?

Update from Houda As we started looking into prototyping this idea, we were lucky to get in touch with Leonard Cheshire Disability. An organisation that aims to help young people with disability. They are particularly interested in improving employment opportunities, and were planning a TED-style workshop co-designed and led by inspiring youth. Since we were thinking along the same lines, we have decided to work together to prototype the workshops. We are excited to be able to access LCD's deep insight into the problems and experiences of disabled youth. We all agreed that , although an engaging talk would be inspiring, we need to push these youth to action and give them the confidence to take it to the real world. We are now working on the workshop design. As we started late during the challenge, we are still running behind the online platform but we will keep at it and let you know what happens :)

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

Young people 16-24 with a disability

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

This idea aims to 1. provide inspiration to young people through exposure to successful, passionate professionals 2. Give ian idea about what a particular job would entail and whether it is someothing they would enjoy/be good at 3. Provide opportunities to network and build connections

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

Arrange a small session with a group of 22-24 year old individuals and professionals.

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

Ideas, feedback, thoughts, hellos ..all welcome :)

The idea emerged from:

  • An OpenIDEO Meetup

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation


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Photo of Meena Kadri

Could be great to prototype this at an upcoming OpenIDEO London Meetup? And maybe even have a career workshop based on an OpenIDEO challenge topic – then you could follow up with an ideation session for the challenge a week later? Exciting possibilities...

Photo of Tino Elgner

Hi OpenIDEO London well as OpenIDEO Barcelona. I love the idea and wanted to mention that in case you are looking into getting more knowledge on how schools are using their career services to prepare their students for the job market, I might be able to help as I am currently working for one in Madrid. All the best, T