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Pop Up Bus (and Boat) + Innovation Centre: Centres/Training Hubs and Mobile Workshops that Pop Up in Communities Around the Globe, Building Pathways and a Network of Employment Opportunities for Youth

Joint idea between Leigh Cullen + Alex Mokori. Pop Up Buses are workshops on wheels that travel the globe, popping up in developing and developed countries to cultivate opportunities for youth while extending employment networks throughout communities along Pop Up Bus routes. Pop Up Boats replace buses when on-road travel is not accessible. Innovation Centres are hubs that pop up in communities to create sustainable 21st century skills training programs for local youth.

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25 September 2014 Update:
Click on the below links to read more about the Pop Up Bus + Innovation Centre journey, next steps, and calls to action :
Alex Mokori's Impact Story
Leigh Cullen's Impact Story

 

21 September 2014 Updates:
Alex and I had a long discussion on Google Hangout today to discuss milestones and next steps. Wekesa was set to join, but encountered an unexpected technical glitch. We will be updating the community about what's in store for the Pop Up Bus + Innovation Centre effort and how the community can help.

Our first call to action:
Alex and his team of Community Pathfinders have invested in, from personal savings, a space to meet and work. He has tables, but lacks chairs and basic office supplies. Please reach out to Alex directly if you are interested in lending a helping hand: alexkmokori@gmail.com

A special announcement:
Team member Rehmah Kasule is a winner of this year's upcoming Goldman Sachs & Fortune Global Women Leaders Award at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, CA. Please join us in applauding Rehmah for her human-centered and social good accomplishments that have earned her such an extraordinary honor!
www.fortuneconferences.com/most-powerful-women-summit-2014

Thanks & Please stay tuned!
#TeamPopUpBus + #InnovationCentreUganda
 

19 September 2014 Update:
Rehmah Kasule, Founder and President of CEDA and the innovator of CATHY, has generously offered her continued support of our team and efforts . Rehmah is an inspiration to all of us. We look forward to our journey together. Thank you Rehmah!
 

18 September 2014 Update:
Congrats to all #PopUpBus + #InnovationCentreUganda team members. Hats off to you. Special thanks to our team of young, professional #CommunityPathfinders who are piloting our prototype live in Uganda. And a sincere thanks to everyone on OpenIDEO who is collaborating with us and sharing inspirational suggestions and community stories. We love reading your posts. Keep them coming as we try to kickstart our first Innovation Centre in Uganda with Alex!
All best,
Leigh
 

17 September 2014 Update to Team:
Hi Team, I'm back online. As many of you know I've been out of the country. Missed all of you. Am going through all of your emails carefully.

Wekesa, Thank you for your excellent community updates! Alex, Super job on continued hard work on the pilot! We are currently connecting on a variety of items. Rehmah, Thank you for all of your emails which I am reading, and for continuing to be a guiding light. Khin, Thanks for checking in to see what you can be of assistance with.

Wekesa invited me to join the Ashoka "Collaborating to Solve Youth Employment" Google Hangout today. I encourage the rest of the team to check out the inspirational recording from the session.

All the best,
Leigh
 

Notes to the Pop Up Bus Team & OpenIDEO Community:
** During the final days of Refinement, our team continues to run a live pilot in Uganda. Alex Mokori is leading the pilot with the assistance of a team of 23 local youth (Community Pathfinders). To help us help Alex  build a sustainable "Innovation Center" (aka "Pop Up Hub") in Uganda, be sure to follow Alex's real-time pilot updates here.

Keep your suggestions & ideas coming!
#GoTeamPopUpBus and #GoTeamInnovationCenterUganda!
 

Table of Contents:
I. Live Pilot

---- Pilot Documentation
---- About the Pilot
---- Daily Pilot Summary

II. Special Thanks
III. Pop Up Bus

---- What is a Pop Up Bus
---- The Broader Vision & Measuring Outcomes
---- Onboard Facilitators
---- Community Pathfinders
---- Skills Taught by Facilitators, Pathfinders, and Mentors
---- Mentors
---- The Pop Up Bus Experience = Edutainment & the Sharing of Journeys
---- Pop Up Tech Hubs / "Innovation Centers" as Leave Behinds
---- Business Model
------------- Pop Up Bus Business Model 1: Various funding ops
------------- Pop Up Bus Business Model 2: Microwork
------------- Pop Up Tech Hub / Innovation Center Business Model: Cross-subsidy
--------------- Example of a (related) Business Model that Works (Google & Grameen Foundation's "Community Knowledge Workers' Program")
---- Prototype
---- In Sum
---- Persona Building
---- Additional Areas of Exploration
---- Research and Sources of Inspiration


 

 

I. Live Pilot

 

Pilot Documentation

 
  1. Pilot Roadmap: Working draft of Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center's Pilot Roadmap. Introduces our exceptional team of 23 Community Pathfinders. Showcases types of data being collected. Click here to access the Pilot Roadmap.
     
  2. Journey Map–Pop Up Bus + Innovation Center Uganda: This journey map is specific to our live pilot in Uganda. It notes what Alex and his team of 23 Community Pathfinders are accomplishing during the Pilot, what our goals and hurdles are, and the assumptions we are testing. Note that this is a working draft. Click here to view the Journey Map.
     
  3. Alex is drafting additional stakeholder documentation including a Problem Statement (data specific to youth unemployment issues in Uganda), Student Guidebook (youth data and pain points), Tool for Employer Partnerships (Alex's plan is to approach hospitals, NGOs, food processing industries, universities, hotels, health spas, gyms, and governments, to name a few...) Please reach out to Alex for this information.

 

About the Pilot


Alex Mokori, our Uganda Pop Up Bus Facilitator & Community Pathfinder, is leading our pilot. Alex's idea, " Innovative Centre: Fresh Ideas for Success by Youth for Youth," aligns directly with Pop Up Bus prototyping, so our teams are excited to combine efforts. Alex's Innovation Center is the equivalent to the type of sustainable "Pop Up Tech Hub" that Pop Up Bus would like to leave behind in a community. The Innovation Center is maintained by a Facilitator, just like Alex, and a team of Community Pathfinders, just like Alex's team of 23 youth. The Facilitator (Alex) and Community Pathfinders (23 youth) then provides learning and training activities to local youth, just like Alex's team plans to do.

Alex is working together with a bright team of 23 youth in Uganda who are educated in health & nutrition. The team grouped together due to a common cause: many youth on the team are frustrated because they have not been able to gain employment in the field of their choice (health & nutrition) and are supplementing incomes with forms of work unrelated to their formal education. The team's goals are, 1.) to provide soft and hard skills training and mentoring to other local youth to help youth achieve their employment goals AND 2.) to bring better health and nutrition products and services to the local community.

This special team of youth is officially our first group of Community Pathfinders. We welcome this whole team warmly. We think this approach of youth helping propel youth forward is a powerful model. The Pathfinders will work with Alex to reach out to university students to teach students soft and hard skills that will enable students to achieve employment goals. The students will be taught teamwork, entrepreneurship, business skills, product and service design, and product marketing. Students will be mentored along the way. The goal is that teams of students build viable go-to-market products and services as an outcome of these workshops. In turn, some of these products and services will help sustain the Innovation Center / Pop Up Tech Hub.

Take a moment and meet Alex and his Pathfinders. Watch them discuss Innovation Center and  Pop Up Bus here:
---  Video 1:   vimeo.com/104833910
---  Video 2:   vimeo.com/104835537
---  Video 3:   vimeo.com/104866593

Read more about our Pathfinders on  pages 1 and 2 in our Pilot Roadmap.

Alex has applied for formal funding. In the interim, he and his youth team has pooled together personal resources to help make the mission a reality. The first university Alex and his team of youth wish to work with is Kyambogo University.

Prior to reaching out to Kyambogo University, we've decided to pilot the prototype first amongst Alex's team of youth, the Pathfinders themselves. Alex is taking the lead on training the Pathfinders as coaches and mentors. Wekesa has volunteered to help Alex in person. This duo will make an invincible, dynamic team.


Daily Pilot Summary


(Ongoing): Please click here for live pilot updates from Alex himself.

(29-31 August): Leigh added a Journey Map specific to Alex's pilot. Check it out by clicking here. It notes what Alex and his team of 23 Community Pathfinders are accomplishing in Uganda, what our goals and hurdles are, and the assumptions we are testing. The focus during "Refinement" is on running this pilot in Uganda. Because we do not have a bus full of resources to help set up a local Pop Up (Tech) Hub / Innovation Center in Uganda for Alex, we narrowed our steps during Refinement to trying to solve how to create a sustainable Pop Up Hub / Innovation Center for Alex with the resources the team currently has. These resources are: Alex Mokori (team member leading the pilot), Alex's team of 23 university graduates who are youth (local Community Pathfinders), the money Alex and his team of youth have personally pooled together to kickstart the project (Alex is seeking more funding), the vast amount of research and data Alex is documenting for stakeholders, the personal skill-set each team member offers (in terms of education and skills), mentor and employer partnerships (Alex is identifying these partnerships based on his first-hand knowledge of his community), and the collective brainpower of the global Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center teams. We are learning what approaches work and don't work during the pilot. The goal is to document this information so that we have a prototype pattern that we can then test in other communities around the globe.

(29-31 August): Alex has made incredible leaps and strides in kickstarting our joint pilot:

--- Alex gathered written and video testimonials from seven of his youth team members / Community Pathfinders. Check out some of Alex's video journals here:
--- Jamiru and Ossa, two core members on Alex's team of youth, volunteered to go to Kyambogo University to identify a few students (freshman, second and third year students) to pilot the project with. The goal is to gather feedback (student pain points and stories) to help guide next steps.

--- Alex has drafted the following documents:
  • Problem Statement
  • Student Guidebook
  • Refinement Issues
  • Tool for Employers (his plan is to approach hospitals, NGOs, food processing industries, universities, hotels, health spas, gyms, and governments)
     
--- Alex is thinking through pain points and working with Dave to create an experience map.

(30 August): Alex, Rehmah and I brainstorm how to sustain Alex's Innovation Center. Rehmah suggested a product plan that may be able to partner with Alex's initiative in order to sustain the Innovation Center.

(28 August):
Wekesa forwarded our team additional planning guidelines to help us stay on track. Wekesa has been meeting with numerous tech initiatives in Kenya to discuss our pilot and to gather ideas, suggestions and feedback.

(27 August): Alex shared the indirect questioning, storytelling, and mind-mapping techniques he is currently using to start the pilot off (and to create vibrant conversations) with his team of 23 (youth) Community Pathfinders. Alex introduced us to this admirable team of youth.  Check the Pilot Roadmap out here.

(27 August): I quickly outlined recommendations for types and forms of information to collect throughout the pilot to help guide prototype iterations, business modeling, and sharing the pilot journey with OpenIDEO.  Check the Pilot Roadmap out here.

 

 

Special Thanks


Thanks to Wekesa Zablon. Wekesa is our very first Pop Up Bus Facilitator & Community Pathfinder. Wekesa is based in Kenya and runs his own startup Jibonde Fresh. Wekesa's tireless, positive energy keeps us all excited. His business and tech savvy provides the team with a wealth of real-time community research, info on local tech trends, and an array of solid ideas and suggestions each step of the way. Be sure to check out his blog here:
weke-ziggy.tumblr.com

Thanks to Alex Mokori. Alex is our Pop Up Bus Facilitator & Community Pathfinder based in Uganda. Alex is rapidly building out a business plan and is leading a truly admirable charge on the pilot of both Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center with a team of 23 local youth Community Pathfinders. Our team is actively brainstorming how to help Alex with his goal of launching a sustainable Innovation Center in Uganda. Follow Alex's pilot updates here, and please help us help him:
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/fresh-ideas-for-success

Thanks to Alex's bright team of 23 youth from Uganda. This team of youth is Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center's first team of Community Pathfinders. We see them as trailblazers. This inspired team is working together with Alex to help build better employment pathways for other local youth. Check out the group's brainstorming sessions on Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center here on Vimeo:
Video 1:  vimeo.com/104833910
Video 2:  vimeo.com/104835537
Video 3:  vimeo.com/104866593

Thanks to Rehmah Kasule. Any team is lucky to have an outstanding mentor. I see Rehmah as the Pop Up Bus Team Mentor. Rehmah provides the team with her valuable insights as a leader and social entrepreneur. She is a consistent source of inspiration and advice. Rehmah and Alex recently met with the President of Kenya to advance the issue of youth employment. Rehmah's proven initiatives are a testament to her noteworthy abilities. Check out her company CEDA and her CATHY initiative.

Thanks to Khin Tye. Khin provided our team with a variety of excellent youth mentoring strategies, including KoKreation. KoKreation encourages youth to think past personal limitations and to visualize who they want to be. Youth partner with other youth and professional mentors to perform actionable, skill-based steps to help the youth reach their future goals. Check out pages 7-12 in our prototype to view Khin's excellent work.

Thanks to Dan Kolodziej. Dan built a microwork business model suggestion for our team. "Its value proposition is its ability to source projects from the likes of Google, LinkedIn and Microsoft and to recruit and manage labour in developing countries. It also adds value by being to break apart large projects into manageable short-­term pieces of work (and teaches youth 21st century computer skills)." Also, be sure to check out Dan's Delfee project.

 

 

What is a Pop Up Bus?

 
A Pop Up Bus is a repurposed school bus (or any type of bus*) converted into a classroom/workshop that administers employment and pathways assistance to developing and developed communities through which the bus travels. The bus, 1) pops up in a community, 2) assesses the community’s specific needs, 3) trains Community Pathfinders (local youth, who in turn train their community on an ongoing basis), 4) leaves behind tools (including a Pop Up Tech Hub / Innovation Center when applicable) to assist the community, 5) and travels on to another community. Building local, regional, and global connection points,  maintaining interconnectivity, and leveraging the global Pop Up Bus network are themes. 
* Groups online exist that request and accept donated buses for goodwill purposes.
 

The Broader Vision & Measuring Outcomes

 
Even when a Pop Up Bus departs one community to journey to another, onboard Facilitators continue to check in on communities they have already popped up in, to gauge progress and to provide communities with a broader set of connections from the network of communities the bus pops up in. A Pop Up Bus arrival isn’t a one-time community event. The bus will return to a community, after traveling to nearby communities, to measure outcomes and to provide further aid. Eventually, the bus can provide transportation to new opportunities in other cities for youth who have clearly lined up work outside of their home communities via the Pop Up Bus employment network. As Pop Up Bus training takes root in communities and starts to flourish, then each bus can publish a schedule when the bus plans to arrive and depart local and regional communities. 
 

Onboard Facilitators

 
Onboard the bus are Facilitators. Facilitators wear multiple hats. When Facilitators arrive in a community, they work with the community to select Community Pathfinders. (Pathfinders live in the community and are elected by their community to the role of Community Pathfinder.) Facilitators work closely with Pathfinders to customize pathways of opportunity for the community based on the community’s specific needs. Facilitators understand the community and culture with whom they work with, are versed in the the types of services the Pop Up Bus can provide for the community, and train Pathfinders and the community how to use those services. Facilitators also share success stories from their Pop Up Bus journeys (and from other Facilitators who are deployed around the world), employment information from along the Pop Up Bus route (and from around the world if applicable), and connect youth to other youth, to educators, to mentors, and to employers.

Pulled a fabulous quote from Anne-Laure which summarizes the power of leveraging the Pop Up Bus network. Anne-Laure says, "(The Pop Up Bus network can be leveraged) within regions, countries, continents - as well as across. I can imagine some of the Facilitators participating in different routes or even some of the local Community Pathfinders having the opportunity to go and visit another community (within their country or abroad), or maybe even becoming Facilitators."
 

Community Pathfinders

 
Cultural beliefs and economic constraints will drive nomination of local Pathfinders in each community. Wherever/whenever appropriate, youth should be nominated and trained as Pathfinders. This gives youth opportunity to acquire a range of skills they can then transfer/teach to other youth within their community as part of the Pathfinder role. These skillsets will help youth obtain other jobs within or outside of their community.  The role of the Pathfinder, with the assistance of Facilitators, is to go out into the community and investigate what types of skills youth in the community need most. Facilitators then tailor a training program to the community and teach Pathfinders the skills necessary to help instruct the youth within their community. In some instances, Facilitators will continue to assist Pathfinders in training the community. And in some instances, Mentors from the community will be brought in to provide insights and valuable networking opportunities for youth.
 

Skills Taught by Facilitators, Pathfinders, and Mentors


The skills taught are dependent on community need. Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" shows that basic needs (food, water, safety, shelter...) must be met first. Different skillsets taught could be:
  • farming / agriculture
  • healthcare for women and girls
  • basic numeracy & literacy via mobile – similar to Stepping Stone's approach
  • microwork
  • soft skills
  • hard skills
  • a vocation / trade (ex. woodworking, plumbing)
  • how to professionally network
  • resume drafting, job application etiquette, professional networking
  • basic computer programming (ex. HTML, CSS, basic Javascript, or perhaps utilize preexisting training like Codecademy.com)
  • advanced technology (ex. a course in HTML5 OR a course in CAD)
  • new technology workshops (what new tech employers are embracing and how to use it)
  • short workshops (ex. UI/UX for Beginners)
  • learning tracks that bring in local professionals/mentors to teach what goes into a specific career trajectory (ex. "What goes into being an Engineer & Who Works with Engineers on a Daily Basis" OR "What goes into being a Designer & Potential Designer Career Tracks")
  • hands-on "maker" tracks that teach youth to 1. build a product and then 2) learn how to form a business plan around the product and 3) how to brand and market the product (See prototype for sample maker tracks in engineering, health, the arts, and science.)
  • leadership and entrepreneurship development
 

Mentors

 
Mentors can be elected by Facilitators, Pathfinders, and the community. Research suggests that if youth elect a Mentor from within their own social networks, the mentor relationship sustains better than other types of mentor relationships (ie, mentors selected by another party for youth). That said, this still gives local businesses and individuals (who have the capacity to help youth build skills and find employment) a great opportunity to get involved as Mentors. Mentors can also contribute by outfitting Pop Up Buses and boats with technology and resources beneficial to building opportunities.
 

The Pop Up Bus Experience = "Edu-tainment" (Rehmah's term) & the Sharing of Journeys (Meena's idea)


Edutainment
Just when is Pop Up Bus coming to your community? – Pop Up Bus is a fun, anticipated learning experience, aka "edu-tainment." Rehmah's excellent suggestion: "Consider experiential learning to keep participants interested. Example: In marketing we do road shows where a bus/truck goes into communities and people gather, they set up a stage and interact with audience for 3-4 hours and move to another community. Because of the fun and learning (edu-tainment), by the time the bus arrives people have already gathered waiting. So by all means incoporate music, drama, role playing, video and audio."

Though Pop Up Bus would be in a community for longer than 3-4 hours, this is the type of experience we want to build into any learning activities hosted by a Pop Up Bus. This idea aligns with the idea of teaching youth to never be afraid to "play" to build professional, creative confidence.

"Play" defined by IDEO's Tim Brown:
"Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play."
www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play

Sharing Journeys via Video
And Meena's solid idea: the strength of sharing individual youth journeys (and community journeys) via video as part of the Pop Up Bus experience. Facilitators and Pathfinders record, via video, youth stories from within a community. This samples the "local identity." These videos are then shared along a Pop Up Bus' route and with the global network of Pop Up Bus youth. As Meena says, this is "partly to inspire and partly to highlight the divergence and convergence of the identities of (communities and youth wihin those communities)." The sharing of journeys – from hardships, to milestones, to accomplishments – can spark inspiration. When a young person sees that another young person has a similar struggle to their own, it can make that struggle more approachable and doable. And it can sometimes transcend any cultural barriers or differences.

Social Media Channels
Pop Up Bus will have a set of active social media channels (YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Linked In) through which it will engage with youth, employers and mentors. The social media experience includes hashtag #PoppinUp. The goal is to build momentum on a global youth conversation on employment and pathway needs within their communities. Example of hashtag use, “Danny here. Recent uni design grad. #PoppinUp from Dublin, IRL. Hard time landing 1st job.”

As Alex says, "I know for sure students love classy and trendy things especially if it is linked to publicity. Public commitment and a photo board placed inside the bus would act as cue to action to others who get on board to do something about the issue being discussed... It is even better if this bus is video recorded and played on TV and YouTube to get a large audience to learn about it and want to get on board. Create 'MiniBuzz.'"
 

Pop Up Tech Hubs / "Innovation Centers" as Leave Behinds

 
Attached (hitched via trailer) to each Pop Up Bus is a Pop Up Tech Hub / Innovation Center that can be assembled easily and left in each community to create a local hub in which people can congregate, learn, and share information. The goal of these locally planted hubs is to: share employment information (local, nearby, or in other cities) and to provide training for youth across a variety of skillsets. The skillsets trained are based on the needs of the community. Skills can include: farming, healthcare, basic numeracy and literacy, “trade school” skills, soft and hard skills, basic and advanced technology, and much more. These “leave behind” Pop Up workshops may work best in developing countries. In the case of developed countries, the workshops can be held within companies who are willing to open their doors to youth skills training.
 

Business Model


The goals are: 1) to keep Pop Up Bus free of charge to youth, 2) to generate salary sources for youth and local Community Pathfinders, 3) to teach youth skills relevant for 21st century jobs. We agree with Rehmah that the business model should be run as a social enterprise.

Pop Up Bus Business Model 1:   Click here to view.
Also located in documents section of post.
Stat: Working draft that folds in input from team members – including Khin, Wekesa, Rehmah, and myself. Doc summarized below:

Funding opportunities:
  1. BIG DATA: World aid organizations, governments, and companies seeking better tracked youth employment data in developing and developed countries. Real-time field data collected by Pop Up Bus Facilitators and Pathfinders would be shared via form based data collection software like Open Data Kit (http://youtu.be/HqqUdfz9Uyc). Examples: World Health Organization, World Bank, USAID, UN and/or UN-Habitat's Urban Youth Fund, mEducation Alliance, governments, local companies
  2. PHILANTHROPY: Philanthropic organizations who wish to donate funding in turn for being able to publicize (and draw attention to) philanthropic initiatives.
  3. BRAND AWARENESS: Brands who have a social mission can brand the interiors and exteriors of the Pop Up Buses and Hubs, and participate in onboard (and hub) advertising opportunities. This spreads brand awareness. Examples: TOMS, Coca-Cola, Warby Parker, One Laptop Per Child, One World Futbol Project, IKEA
  4. PARTNERSHIPS WITH TECH GIANTS WHO HAVE SOCIAL INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS NOW: Tech giants who have current, related social initiatives underway may wish to pair with Pop Up Bus for even greater impact. Examples: Google + Grameen Foundation's "Community Knowledge Worker's Program" and Facebook + Airtel's internet.org.
  5. SUSTAINABLE CORPORATE MISSION PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS: Companies who build sustainable products as part of their product line and corporate mission. This demonstrates social responsibility as corporate mission. Examples: Fenix International's "ReadySet Solar Kit," Samasource's microwork programs, Stepping Stone's mobile learning (basic literacy and numeracy).
  6. MICROWORK: Microwork is a way to teach basic 21st century tech skills within developing countries. Various partnerships could be leveraged. Please check out our microwork business model by clicking here. 


Pop Up Bus Business Model 2: Click here to view.
Also located in documents section of post.
Thoughtful business model from Dan that focuses on microworking.
Stat: Working draft.


Pop Up Hub / Innovation Center Business Model:
Our team is brainstorming how to build a sustainable Pop Up Tech Hub / Innovation Center within a community. Specifically, we are focused on Alex Mokori's current efforts in Uganda to launch this very type of hub / center. One discussion we are having focuses on the concept of cross-subsidy–building a secondary product or service that the center offers for a fee. Our goal is to maintain youth training as a free service for youth. One of Alex's goals is that the youth who participate in training at the center will work together as teams to launch viable health and nutrition services and products that then help sustain the center / hub. Prior to that happening, we are brainstorming alternate services Alex could offer. Rehmah suggested the following: 
"Alex could do a low cost outlet, but with great branding where a doctor comes in to check people for diseases like high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, diabetes, etc – for free. People will sign up to get continuous information, but at the same time for consumer health snacks, drinks, porridges, etc, that Alex's nutritionists make. Then we can introduce network marketing where youth sell products and get a commission. My point is Alex has to introduce some products, not just information. Information here is valued as a direct link to either a job or a business."


Example of a related business model that works:
Came across insightful article on Grameen Foundation's partners (Google and MTN) which I wanted to share. It's a model that works in Uganda and in other developing countries. Related notes below:
https://www.google.com/earth/outreach/stories/grameen.html

Google partnered with Grameen Foundation on Grameen’s Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) Program to collect and disseminate real-time, pertinent information for agriculture/farming sustainability in Uganda. 

The CKWs (local farmers):
“Community Knowledge Workers are trained to 1) provide a link to agricultural research institutions and extension services and administer surveys and 2) to set up off-grid electrical charging micro-enterprises using solar energy. These enterprises can earn them as much as $40 USD/month, versus the$1.25 USD/day previously earned by 60% of CKWs.”

Additional Partners:
  • MTN Uganda
  • Salesforce
  • Grameen-AppLab

Structure + Tools:
  • uses proliferation of mobile phones in developing countries
  • Android based
  • uses Open Data Kit (http://opendatakit.org) -- form based data collection
  • uses Google Maps API

More on Open Data Kit (form based workflow for field data collection):
http://youtu.be/HqqUdfz9Uyc

Value Added Services for ODK:
  • Nafundi
  • Dimagi
  • Mindflow
  • Mega Six
  • Seeing Swans
  • (and over 20 more)
 

Prototype V1: Rough, Working Draft


Click here to view the Prototype 
Also located in documents section of this post.

As we pilot the prototype with youth, we will update it with our observations and with user feedback. The final prototype will be designed and presented in a user friendly manner. 

The goal of the Pop Up Bus prototype is for its design to be universal enough to be used within, and adapted to, any community around the globe (by Facilitators, Community Pathfinders, and Mentors).  

Ways our team is brainstorming how to pilot the prototype:
  • Alex is currently piloting the project in Uganda with a team of 23 youth
  • Wekesa has an idea for a social media chat with youth in Kenya
  • Pri has volunteered to test the project in 8 villages in India (Nov-Jan) 
  • Dan has university lecturing experience and is considering how to build a Pop Up Bus learning experience into that framework
 

In Sum

 
As a Pop Up Bus travels from one community to another, the onboard Facilitators maintain contact with Facilitators around the globe and with local Pathfinders and Mentors. This creates an extensive professional network for youth anywhere around the globe to tap into. – It is a network of shared experiences and skills from which to teach youth and a wealth of professional opportunities that can be shared from village to village, community to community, city to city, and country to country. Youth become change instigators themselves and are armed with a variety of skillsets that not only are used to help their community flourish, but to propel youth to achieve their objectives.

 

 

Persona Building


Examples of how Pop Up Bus builds pathway opportunities in various communities.
 
By no means are the below examples an exhaustive list of “community types.” As stated above, each community has different needs for youth that must be researched and opportunities must be tailored to each community to meet those needs. Each person helped within a community is a positive ripple, and is progress.
 
I’m open to any and all inputs as I build out examples below:
 
Example 1:  A small, agriculturally sustained village in developing country.  Using Grameen Foundation’s Community Knowledge Workers (CKWs) Program in Uganda as a guidepost/example that works.

Pathfinders: Local farmers voted in as CKWs/Pathfinders by their village.
Process: Pathfinders given mobile technology with data about livestock and crops disease. Local farmers consult Pathfinders.
Pathways: Local farms become sustainable. Nearby villages elect Pathfinders. More farming information is input into the system, making the network of information even wider. The persistent well-being of farmers, and their farms, becomes a greater reality.
 

Example 2: A larger sized community in a developing country. The community isn’t well connected. Residents aren’t aware of employment opportunities that exist within the community. Most men in each household have a mobile phone, although women usually don’t. Basic literacy and numeracy needs to be taught to women and girls.
We're excited that Priyanka is working on this for us. She's visiting India later this year and plans to formally build this out. Check her comments out here.
 


Example 3: Big city in developing country - built out by Rehmah
Rehmah is sharing a "real world" example with us. Thanks Rehmah!
 

Example 4: Small town in a developed country. Local businesses are small. Youth seek to connect to larger cities. - built out by Khin, inspired by the  Youth Bus in Worchestershire England model

Pathfinders: Youth volunteers, preferably those already active in school volunteering, community centres or churches
Process: Pathfinders publicise the bus and events, see section on 'How you can help us' in the Youth Bus example. Pathfinders can also join in tours by the City buses.
Pathways: Pathfinders would have the finger on the pulse of the most pressing youth concern and issue. They can share what they had learned in the tour on the City buses. Everything else as you had described eg. CV writing, skills-training can be offered on the bus. Youth Bus also offered sessions on sex education, health and drugs.

 

Example 5: Big city in a developed country. Inner city, at-risk youth.
Pathfinders: Local youth volunteers who are active in community centres or churches. Also tap into local university science, tech, art, design, and engineering (etc) clubs.
Process: Inner city youth may not have access to affordable education. Spread info about Pop Up Bus via word of mouth. Post info in local eateries and in locations youth hang out.
Pathways: 21st century skills training is provided where it was otherwise inaccessible. Local youth meet at a Pop Up Bus and have access to professional mentors from within the city. Mentors help youth clearly visualize actionable next steps to achieve employment goals. The youth also meet local university students who help provide skills training and mentorship. Workshops could be "maker" based–build a product together with a team based on your common interests. Additional instruction about resume drafting and professional networking would be given. Youth can continue to tap into this formed network as they take the steps necessary to progress.
 

Example 5: Big city in a developed country. Educated youth.
Pathfinders: Local youth active in local tech Meetups and University clubs. 
Process: Youth meet at Pop Up Bus. 1:1 sessions with mentors may be provided based on youth specific career interests. Youth are paired into teams to learn a combination of soft and hard skills like teamwork, how to build a product, and how to create a business and marketing strategy for the product. Additional workshops may be offered onboard the bus like resume drafting, job application etiquette, professional networking, basic computer programming (ex. HTML, CSS, basic Javascript, or perhaps utilize preexisting training like Codecademy.com), advanced technology (ex. a course in HTML5 OR a course in CAD), new technology workshops (what new tech employers are embracing and how to use it), short workshops (ex. UI/UX for Beginners), etc.
Pathways: Youth have access to a variety of 21st century tech skills that they may not have acquired in school. Youth gain critical soft skills that will make their resume more attractive to employers. Youth can soak in skills from one another and from mentors.

 


Additional Areas of Exploration


From team and OpenIDEO community
  • From Khin and Paul: consider retired adults as mentors
  • From Jes: Check out SmartTXTBK technology
  • From Karolle: Explore Junior Achievement as potential partner. "Their high school programs are all about exploring careers and trying out entrepreneurial projects. I think there's an opportunity there to build a pop-up initiative that bridges their curriculum (that exploration phase) with actual employment opportunities. Pre-college summer employment perhaps?"
  • From Karolle and Allison: Consider schools as partner orgs
  • From Allison: "One possible funding model could be a university sponsoring a K-12 educational vehicle that focuses on girls, who too often lack access to education in many parts of the world. The bus would complete its route systematically so that girls who are unable to get to a traditional school can earn credits in a safe and reliable place, and be on the pathway to higher education and higher income. Would need to research the feasibility of whether or not the university/sponsor is paid back over time if employment is achieved. In whatever form it ultimately takes, the Pop Up Bus has the potential to contribute to regional workforce development through ascending levels education."
  • From Karolle: Check out Agastya's pop up training model: http://www.agastya.org  
  • From Hima: Check out "Digital Green" edutainment videos
  • From Rehmah: Add Coca-Cola to business doc - as potential partner / source of funding. Check out their 5by20 campaign (a campaign to employ 5 million women by 2020 all over the world.) 
  • http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/5by20
  • From Rehmah: Adding #3 scenario (Big City, Developing Country)
  • From Rehmah: Check out this "edutainment" model, building the element of fun and play into the Pop Up Bus experience
  • Example: http://biztechiq.com/
  • Researching Khin's "memes" idea -- does this structure enable us to create a user acquisition approach for early adopoters (and partners) that applies to both developing and developed countries
  • From Wekesa: shared Theory of Change Workbook (reviewing our assumptions)
  • From Wekesa: add government partnerships to business model
  • Working on toolkit with Pri, that Pri can use while she is in India and gathering data for #TeamPopUpBus
  • From Meena and Hima: Check out video journal idea (to share amongst Pop Up Bus communities) -- Digital Green as example: http://www.digitalgreen.org
  • From Leigh: add potential source of funding to business docs: the idea of allowing working professionals to purchase tickets to ride on Pop Up Bus from one community to another. A source of basic transport for professionals who can potentially use tech on board Pop Up Bus during travel.
  • From Leigh: add another source of funding to business docs: education/workshops (for a fee) for current business professionals.
 
 

Research & Sources of Inspiration:

 
Primary sources of research inspiration are Grameen Foundation (and the ReadySet Solar renewable energy product by Fenix International), Stepping Stone, Samasource, and Millennial Trains Project.

Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Workers (CKW) Program’s business model is notable. Here’s how it works: Grameen provides free of charge “agricultural extension information via a growing network of CKW’s in 15 districts across Uganda” with 400,000 pieces of information delivered to farmers. A type of “contract is established with each village. The contract requests that the villagers elect the CKW who will provide the villagers with timely info. In return, the villagers give the CKW’s their time. Time meaning: allowing CKW’s and Grameen to survey the community. Grameen then helps other organizations with data analysis, reporting, and real-time dashboard design. With that fee-for-service model, Grameen can then do more good out in the field.” Grameen customizes mobile tech with data around crops and livestock disease specific to the community. The CKW’s use the mobile tech to help the village create sustainable farms and sources of income.  Results: “Over 700 CKW’s share vital agricultural information with farmers across Uganda using smartphones. More than 70% adopt improved farming techniques as a result. The CKW’s are respected in their communities.”
http://www.grameenfoundation.org/what-we-do/agriculture/community-knowledge-worker
Renewable energy used for mobile tech: 
http://www.fenixintl.com/usa-canada/


Stepping Stone “delivers high impact learning and training materials on low cost mobile phones and tablets – even in remote, hard to reach locations.” Stepping Stone technology enables one to: “learn to read in your local language, improve your farming techniques, become a successful entrepreneur or learn how to grow your business.” 
http://sstone.edc.org


Samasource “is an innovative social business that connects women and youth living in poverty to dignified work via the Internet (via microwork).”
http://samasource.org


The Millennial Trains Project is a “crowd-funded transcontinental train journey that pairs young innovators and mentors.” Their mission is “to enable (youth) participants and virtual audiences to identify, evaluate, and explore emerging opportunities and challenges in communities where our trains stop while advancing a project that benefits, serves, and inspires others.”
http://millennialtrain.co


Mobile Workshop Examples:
Standford d.school's SparkTruck - link from Gavin
http://sparktruck.org
and resources
http://sparktruck.org/resources

Youth Bus in Worchestershire England - link from Khin
http://www.wychavon.gov.uk/youthbus

'"Brilliant Bus' shrinking digital divide" #CNNHero
http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/04/us/cnnheroes-pyfrom-brilliant-bus/

"Girls are I.T., Mobile Classroom & Website"
https://www.behance.net/gallery/5558216/Making-Technology-Fun-for-Girls-(Classroom-Web)

"This mobile classroom of the future can hold up to 15-students at one time and be folded up when not in use."
http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/mobile-classroom

"Training Buses, Mobile Classroom Bus Hire"
http://www.roadshowpromotions.co.uk/training_bus.asp

"The C-SPAN Bus is an interactive, multi-media learning center that brings C-SPAN’s coverage of public affairs to communities nationwide and teaches students, teachers and the public."
http://www.c-span.org/about/community/


Related research:
Facebook & Airtel offering free, basic internet service to Zambia (includes job services)

Youth Initiated Mentoring

Un-Habitat’s “Urban Youth Fund”

Family, Career and Community Leaders – National Career & Tech Organization for Young People (FCCLA)

 

Icons in illustration (first image in gallery) from Nounproject:
"Bus" icon by Ilsur Aptukov
"Motorboat" by 1982
"Teacher" icon by Musavvir Ahmed

What are the next steps for implementing this idea?

The focus during Refinement is on running a pilot of the project in Uganda. Because we do not have a bus full of resources to help set up a local "Pop Up (Tech) Hub / Innovation Center" in Uganda for Alex Mokori (team member leading the pilot), we narrowed our steps during Refinement to trying to solve how to create a sustainable "Pop Up Hub / Innovation Center" for Alex with the resources the team currently has. These resources are: Alex Mokori (team member leading the pilot), Alex's team of 23 university graduates who are youth (local Community Pathfinders), the money Alex and his team of youth have personally pooled together to kickstart the project (Alex is seeking more funding), the vast amount of research and data Alex is documenting for stakeholders, the personal skill-set each team member offers (in terms of education and skills), mentor and employer partnerships (Alex is identifying these partnerships based on his first-hand knowledge of his community), and the collective brainpower of the global Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center teams. We are learning what approaches work and don't work during the pilot. The goal is to document this information so that we have a prototype pattern that we can then test in other communities around the globe.

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

The idea benefits youth (high school, vocational school, university, recent graduates) by providing accessible, free training and mentorship across a variety of 21st century skill-sets needed for employment. Funding opportunities: 1.) BIG DATA: World aid organizations, governments, and companies seeking better tracked youth employment data in developing and developed countries. Real-time field data collected by Pop Up Bus Facilitators and Pathfinders would be shared via form based data collection software like Open Data Kit. Examples: World Health Organization, World Bank, USAID, UN and/or UN-Habitat's Urban Youth Fund, mEducation Alliance, governments, local companies 2.) PHILANTHROPY: Philanthropic organizations who wish to donate funding in turn for being able to publicize (and draw attention to) philanthropic initiatives. 3.) BRANDS: Brands who have a social mission can brand the interiors and exteriors of the Pop Up Buses and Hubs, and participate in onboard (and hub) advertising opportunities. This spreads brand awareness. Examples: TOMS, Coca-Cola, Warby Parker, One Laptop Per Child, One World Futbol Project, IKEA 4.) PARTNERSHIPS WITH TECH GIANTS WHO HAVE SOCIAL INITIATIVES IN PROGRESS NOW: Tech giants who have current, related social initiatives underway may wish to pair with Pop Up Bus for even greater impact. Examples: Google + Grameen Foundation's "Community Knowledge Worker's Program" and Facebook + Airtel's internet.org. 5.) SUSTAINABLE CORPORATE MISSION PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS: Companies who build sustainable products as part of their product line. This demonstrates social responsibility as corporate mission. Examples: Fenix International's "ReadySet Solar Kit," Samasource's microwork programs, Stepping Stone's mobile learning (basic literacy and numeracy). 6) MICROWORK: Microwork is a way to teach basic 21st century tech skills within developing countries. Various partnerships could be leveraged. Please check out our microwork business model in the documents section of the post.

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

Pop Up Buses and Hubs bring 21st century skills training (skills in demand by modern employers) directly to youth within their communities. The bus workshops are customized to the needs of the community. The bus routes create a real-time, extensive network of employment information that is shared with youth. If youth don't have access to modern skills training via traditional educational routes, the Pop Up Bus network is an alternative.

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

Team member, Alex Mokori, is currently piloting the project with 23 youth in Uganda. Team member, Priyanka Botny, has offered to pilot the project in 8 villages in India in Nov 2014-Jan 2015. Time permitting (after September), I could pilot the project in DC by meeting with recent college grads and performing the same steps Alex is performing now. These steps generally are informally interviewing grads about their employment goals, how difficult it has been to achieve those goals, what skills they think they need to acquire to meet those goals, and what skills they think other local youth need to achieve employment goals. This would allow me to think through potential workshops that would assist local youth and would pinpoint types of mentors who would be beneficial to the youth.

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to be involved in prototyping but need partners at some stage
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"Gavin, Welcome to the #PopUpBus Team! Looking forward to hearing your suggestions + ideas. Workshop prototyping you design for your "Real-world challenges visit the classroom" idea may align well with types of workshops Pop Up Bus can teach to youth... Here's to putting the thinking caps on!"

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"Molly, Looking forward to hearing more excellent contributions from you -- your in-the-field insights, experiences and ideas. Welcome to the Pop Up Bus Team! Leigh"

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"Welcome to the Pop Up Bus Team Khin! Super to have an official Youth Mentor on the team. Looking forward to X-collaboration between both of our ideas & seeing what paths/journeys this takes us on! All best, Leigh"

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wekesa zab

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"Wekesa, Welcome to the Pop Up Bus Team! Excited to have you as part of the team -- as an insightful, global perspective. Looking forward to your ideas and feedback! All the best, Leigh"

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Sarah Klein

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"Sarah, Welcome to the Pop Up Bus team! Looking forward to your continued brainstorming on this project. Cheers! Leigh"

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Daniel Kolodziej

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"Daniel, Welcome to the Pop Up Bus team! Looking forward to X-collaboration across our ideas. All best, Leigh"

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Rehmah Kasule

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"Rehmah, Welcome onboard the Pop Up Bus Team! Your insights and ideas are welcomed. Looking forward to our cross-collaboration! All the best, Leigh"

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"Priyanka, Welcome to the Pop Up Bus team! Looking forward to having you onboard & to your shared insights while traveling in India. All the best, Leigh"

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"Welcome to #TeamPopUpBus Karolle! Great to have you onboard (whenever time permits on your end). Thank you for your insights, which are leading the team down new pathways of research and investigation. All best! Leigh"

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"Paul, A warm welcome to #TeamPopUpBus! We look forward to your continued suggestions and insights, and are thrilled to have a Romanian team member join our prototyping. All best, Leigh"

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Dave Zinsman

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"Welcome Dave to #TeamPopUpBus! Let the journey mapping begin ;) Happy to have you onboard, Leigh"

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"A first class collaborator who inspires many across the OpenIDEO community with her creative ideas and energy. Welcome to #TeamPopUpBus Bettina :)"

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"Welcome to #TeamPopUpBus Sergio! Thanks for helping Alex and I brainstorm sustainable business models. All best, Leigh"

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"Welcome to #TeamPopUpBus Andres! Why don't you read through the Pop Up Bus + Innovation Center project plan, and check out our Impact Stories. Then let us know your ideas/suggestions, and how you would like to implement the project within your community. Looking forward to the collaboration! All best! Leigh"

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Journey Map specific to Pop Up Bus + Alex's Innovation Center Pilot: Based on data Alex is collecting live. Working draft.

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Pilot Roadmap V1: Working draft. See all of Alex's supplementary documentation.

PopUpBusPrototype_v1rough.pdf

Pop Up Bus Prototype V1: Working, rough draft

PopUpBus_businessModel.pdf

Pop Up Bus Business Model: Contains a variety of approaches that generate sources of funding. Stat: Rough brainstorm/draft stage

PopUpBusBusinessModel_byDan.pdf

Pop Up Bus Business Model by Dan: With a focus on Microwork. Beautiful work Dan!

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Regarding the business model for running a pop-up bus in a large urban city, I've received a reply (at last) from someone who had done a similar programme in London, sponsored by a large corporate business. These buses that worked like youth clubs. It cost about £100,000 / per year to run. Its good to keep costs in mind when done in big cities otherwise the bus will be hard to sustain.

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Andres,

Welcome to the Pop Up Bus + Innovation Center team!

After you familiarize yourself with our initiative plans above, be sure to check out our Impact Stories. Then let us know your ideas/suggestions, and how you'd like to roll the idea out within your community.

All best!
Leigh

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Great work, i hope one day this innovative way could also exist in my country,China .

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Rong Jun,

Thanks for your positive feedback!

Please feel free to add your suggestions. We love reviewing ideas from around the globe. It strengthens our cross-cultural perspectives.

All the best!
Leigh

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Can't wait to see how this will develop in the future. I think it is an innovative and realistic way of increasing accessibility. Great work!

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April, Thanks for your feedback! Feel free to add suggestions. Pop Up Bus is a work in progress that benefits by worldwide collaboration.

All the best!
Leigh

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Well done #TeamPopUpBus! It has been so exciting so see this idea grow and evolve over the last few months. I can't wait to see how Pop Up Bus grows and evolves. I'm also floored and utterly inspired by the super collaboration, iteration and prototyping over here. Keep up the good work.

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Thanks Jes from all of us!

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Congrats Team!
I learnt a lot from this idea from scratch. The excited conversations, updates and the prototyping support. Wow! Simply fascinated by the entire interface. The work culture as a team was expressed to the fullest.
Kudos to y'all :)

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Thanks Priyanka. We are determined to go all the way and making this idea work...

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Thanks Pri–Glad to have you as part of the team.
Hats off to your winning idea as well!

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Amazing idea!. Here in Colombia there are several opportunities to work with Universities like the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, where there is a great support to social development activities. In fact, is one of the universities with a lot of students groups focused on these kind of problems.

In fact, I believe this project could be a catalyst of studens groups in order to develop Pathfinders in one hand, supported by the University resources, and in the other hand leverage the "free" time that some advanced students give to show other people without resources how to learn the things they need. This one is an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxDlUyr3UgQ.

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Hi Cristian!

Thanks so much for reaching out and collaborating with us! We love hearing community specific instances like the one you have shared with us.

The idea of forming a student club as a catalyst for youth electing Pathfinders is a good one. If university tech labs and other spaces were used, this would solve the costs of overhead. We would just need buy in from universities... Definitely something for us to consider.

Is that you in the video you shared?

Keep your great suggestions coming!
All the best,
Leigh

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I actually do not appear in the video, just my friends. But they are just bright!. Two of them join Google and one girl join Microsoft (I work at Red Hat). That leads me to say that it's possible to find smart people working for good causes in Universities. They could dedicate one weekend a month to "Pop-up bus" inside the city, especially poor neighbourhoods. I found this other idea: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/can-we-sparkle-creativity-in-low-income-children-s-lives-without-a-budget-with-only-boxes and I remember Hour of Code. Those two activities could join and be part of the buses focused on childs, don't you think?

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Thursday 4th sep,

:) Rehmah is backon in the teams offline brainstorming -> Google drive, Alex is facilitating the sessions.
-The team is working on definitions of "Innovative Centre" and its desired outcome toward a definite measure of impact..
*Way forward: understanding the impact risk and ensuring long time impact of the innovative centre.
-challenges for today:
Linking students in the innovative centre to conduct community interventions, example- community outreach for households purposed to share and educate households on nutrition related topics conducted by students.
How might we best conduct community intervations to deliver a greater impact on a households level?

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Interesting you thought about having small achievable targets for the students to ensure each reaches a specific number of households with specific nutrition and WASH intervention to help promote community health... well done!

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Hi Team. Are you considering holding nutrition classes in the community? Classes that are focused on nutrition for general health, specific for certain age groups for example? Or nutrition/diets related to certain disease risks or diseases themselves - such as risk for heart disease, or diabetes? This type of service is available in the US in hospitals and community centers. Is this available in Uganda and Kenya? Classes for new mothers can also be helpful. Perhaps you can hold classes for those able to pay, using the fees to bolster the development of the innovation hub and also to offer services to those unable to pay? Once you create the workshop/lecture it can be given by any of your pathfinders that have a background in nutrition?

Idea for an app on where to procure nutritious food and services -
I attended a "Tech and Health" conference a few years ago in NYC. One keynote speaker described a hackathon which had been organized somewhere in the Mid West, USA. The topic was how to bring food to food deserts. There are areas in the country, including in cities, where there just is no access to fresh food, fruits, veggies. Youth gathered to work on the problem in a one day session. They came from far distances and they had different academic backgrounds. Apparently in the middle of the country farmers stopped bringing products to certain markets because they did not sell. The reason they did not sell was that customers could not get to the markets easily due to our economic downturn. People had less money and gas prices were higher. They became immobile in suburban and rural communities. The winning idea was an app that allowed customers to order their produce ahead of time so that farmers knew exactly what they would sell. A location was set for pick up. Customers conserved resources, gas, and travelled on a predetermined day to the location. Perhaps they even car pooled? It was a win win situation. Perhaps you can build on this idea for your target population. If they have limited resources bring the seller and buyer together in such a way that guarantees a return for both? Does that make sense?

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Wow Bettina! This feedback is very helpful to us. We will consider it in the refined strategy. Let's keep on keeping on! Thanks, Alex

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What are your aims regarding the nutritional services? What community are you hoping to serve?

Check out this idea from the Women's Safety Challenge. It is a social entrepreneurial - microfranchise project. Perhaps it can ignite some ideas into your team of nutritionists. It is a very cool program providing healthy street food to citizens in Benin and employment for women vendors.
https://www.facebook.com/mamacarts/info?ref=page_internal
https://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/shortlist/mamacarts-empowerment-through-street-food

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Thanks again Bettina. I have reached out to Racheal requesting her to collaborate with us to have our nutritionists and other professionals incorporate the Mamacarts into the centre. Yes, this will help us quickly generate income but also address challenges of food poisoning from unhygienic street foods.

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She is doing great work! Excited to see what comes of your conversation going forward!

Check out these nutrition initiatives in New York City's vulnerable communities as well.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/conquering-food-deserts-with-green-carts/

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/nyregion/fresh-produce-comes-to-the-bronx-via-a-veggie-mart-on-wheels.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/11/nyregion/11carts.html?_r=0

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I am posting about MamaCarts and these other resources on your other idea as well!

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This is it Bettina! You just gave me insights of design of some of the business ideas that we will interest the young social entrepreneurs in the centre to take up once we have the centre running. They are amazing. You see these will silence my young friends who are busy hunting for jobs that they cannot get any time soon. These ideas are also aligned to the need for us to have more income generating activities for the centre as we help reduce health challenges in the world. Thanks for being a great resource!

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Happy to share resources and join the conversation!
I also wanted to share some of the NYC Dept. of Health resources.
Our former Commissioner of Health lead a very aggressive public health campaign. I liked the approach personally. Here is a Facebook page with links, comments etc. Might give you some ideas as well.
https://www.facebook.com/EatingHealthyNYC/info?ref=page_internal

I am a pediatrician . We share interests - healthy communities, healthy youth and youth opportunities.

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Great to know you are a paed. I see a lot is going on in NYC. I think what we are trying to do here can be of great benefit to developing countries like Uganda, Kenya,etc which are currently facing rapid increases in NCDs. Those models that have worked in developed countries are of interest. We may be faced with undernutrition, WASH and poverty challenges but overnutrition is steadily rising too!

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Bettina,
These are brilliant ideas! Absolutely loving all of it. I think these are solid ideas to work into our business model.

I'm glad you and Alex are comparing notes as fellow, professional health workers. You guys are striking some stellar, harmonious notes.

ps - I am just seeing these excellent posts. Still getting caught up from being out of country...

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As I think of more I will post! What are the current next steps? Is it the business model?

Love the new combined graphic Leigh!

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Hi Bettina, Alex and I had a long conversation today to catch up. I will be updating the community post with our next steps. And I will reach out to you via email in the next couple of days. Would love to connect with you on some of your suggestions and ideas!
All the best!
Leigh

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Hi Leigh and Alex.
I heard from Beatrice who is located in Kampala as I wrote before. I sent her the link to Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center. She would love to hear from Alex and to meet locally! She also said "Great Work and Congratulations" to you both!

Alex - Beatrice participated in the Women's Safety Challenge earlier this year. She was a winner in that challenge and has started to put her program into place. It will involve young women, age 12 - 22?, in Soweto and also in a rural community. It is a life skills program and initially was to target girls who are in school. She has made some changes based on the realities they found as they mapped the areas in Soweto. They met several girls who had already left school. She can fill you in. What are the possibilities here for interaction?
https://openideo.com/challenge/womens-safety/funded-impact/holiday-mentoring-outreaches
Reach out to Beatrice! Check out her IDEA and post there!
Excited for you two to meet and brainstorm!

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Hi Bettina, I have posted message on Rachel's facebook and will wait for her response. Let me check with Beatrice...

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Amazing accomplishments Team! I think one of the hardest part of any challenge is the engagement of real people in testing out an idea. It has been exciting to see the Pop Up Bus initiative be piloted with so many users in multiple communities around the world. Can't wait to hear updates in the next phase!

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Shane, Thanks! Alex and I had a long Google Hangout today to catch up on to-do items. Wekesa was set to join, but encountered a temporary technical glitch. We have quite a few irons in the fire and next steps planned. :) We will provide regular community updates.
All best!

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Hi Leigh, am glad u sent me the notes from the call now I am able to follow. Must agree we got some work to do around this space but as the week progresses ideas will develop. To note its important to learn and study existing innovation spaces in Uganda who are in our "customer segment business" find out how things are being done now.. Alex any luck with this kind of data?

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Wekesa, it is work in progress. The team is visiting one of the hubs as we discussed last week.

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Hi Wekesa, I have contacted them. Thanks

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Congratulations to Leigh, Alex and the global community of TEAM Pop Up!

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Special congrats to you Bettina for winning a "Human–Centered Engagement Award!" Well deserved. Did you see?! :)
openideo.com/blog/announcing-our-youth-employment-challenge-winning-ideas

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Thank you Bettina. You are a life long winner, no doubt about it! Thanks for the support throughout the first phases of the challenge. The real challenge begins now. We want to see the Pop Up Bus and InCE model create lasting social change around the world. Your networks and brilliance are more than needed now.
Congratulations team and let's keep walking!

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Thanks guys!
Congrats to you both as well - double winners!

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Congratulations Leigh and Team. We did it!!!

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Rehmah, Thank you! And congrats to you as an invaluable team member. It's a joint win between Alex Mokori's Innovation Centre and #TeamPopUpBus. Very proud of everything Alex has achieved in a short amount of time. And, we thank you specifically for being a guiding light to both of us.

All the best,
Leigh

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Congratulations on fortune MPW Rehmah looking forward to hearing from you and how I can the involved in some of your works. Honored to be part of this team so much to learn from all of you. O_o

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Hi Leigh,

This is a fantastic idea! Let me know how I can support the efforts with this or get involved. Love it!

Sky

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Sky, Thanks much from all of us! And thanks for volunteering your support. We'll let you know how you can get involved.

ps - It's great to hear from you! Would love to hear how your OpenIDEO initiatives are going. Will send you my email via DM/Twitter.

Have a lovely weekend!
Leigh

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POPUP WINNER! Great rigor, passion and execution by the team and its leaders.
Model team work, in my book. Congratulations guys. :)

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Kedar, Thank you from #TeamPopUpBus + #InnovationCentreUganda! We sincerely appreciate your kind words.

We'd love to hear your suggestions/feedback as we try to kickstart our first Innovation Centre in Uganda.

All the best!
Leigh

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Awesome work team Pop Up Bus!
The pilot that you are developing in Uganda is inspiring. The work you have done thus far is strong without the actual bus. Are you still attached to the bus itself? As a provocation - Might resources be better spent developing hubs and having people - facilitators and pathfinders - do the moving, from location to location sharing ideas and information? Perhaps the Pop Up bus can be useful in more remote locations where there are limited resources and internet access? Can teams that do have internet access connect virtually? It might be interesting to also consider pushing into more remote areas in person as trained facilitators without the bus, looking for and identifying locals to continue the work. The local facilitators might then be invited to a centralized hub for training. So there is movement between larger population centers to build new hubs and between large and small centers to spread the idea and to bring youth in for training as facilitators and pathfinders. The current work/collaboration on development of the hub in Kampala is impressive, as is the global collaboration around this Pop Up Idea. How can the pop up idea reach as many communities as possible?

Great project! However you move around the globe your collaborative effort will get you there!

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Bettina, thank you for the continued provocation with great ideas. No, we are not strongly attached to the bus itself. We will balance the needs for the bus depending on the location. The idea you have suggested of creating mobile, satellite centres for training pathfinders and facilitators to continue the work is great. I see it as an easier way of scaling up the intervention across the country and the globe. Great consideration would be put to ensure continued capacity building of the pathfinders and facilitators through coaching and mentorship and provision of some start up resources.

This is very helpful Bettina!

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Hi Bettina, Thanks for your feedback!

Love the virtual connection idea for those with internet... Will wrap that into the project...

As Alex said, our focus at the moment is on determining a sustainable business plan for Innovation Centres. That said, we haven't tossed Pop Up Buses out the window. Buses are Phase II planning.

There are so many one-off inspiring stories of buses bringing education to youth in places of need, like Agastya's pop up science training for youth in India, that I think buses are still a viable option for bringing accessible and affordable education to youth who otherwise don't have access to 21st century skills training. In some situations, youth don't have access to transportation to get to an Innovation Centre. I agree with you that not every community needs a bus. And sustainable hubs may not be a reality in every community.

There was an interesting discussion moderated by Ashoka yesterday which touched upon sustaining "pockets of excellence" like pop up hubs and youth cafes in developing regions. It was noted that youth are powerful change instigators themselves, and that when they band together and seek out avenues of training to build their skills together, they can accomplish that. This in turn has caught the attention of local governments who then show interest in supporting the cause.

All the best!
Leigh

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Hi Leigh. Nice to hear your voice, if that makes sense!
I will check out the Ashoka conversation. Sounds interesting.

I think my instinct is that buses will be costly and for the same cost perhaps you can move more people more times to bring the initiative to communities in a way that is "passing it on." Trained facilitators who are skilled teachers who can carry information and transmit it to new centers.
I agree that the bus is extremely useful, helpful, powerful at certain times, and in certain locations. I read about a bus in South Florida that one woman funded herself bringing tech training to underserved areas. (did you post that one - probably...) This actually might be a good example of limited transport to centers. Public transportation, and infrastructure, even here in our developed country, is lacking in many areas, particularly in poorer communities. So even if there was an after school community center for youth to go to they might not be able to get there. A very real problem!

This global effort is so great!

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And it's always nice to hear your voice! :) So glad to have you as part of our global effort.

All sound comments. Buses will be expensive. We definitely all have our thinking caps on re this. Our first goal is to create a sustainable Innovation Centre in Uganda for Alex, and to see if we can scale that business model...

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Definitely!

Also I have been in touch with Beatrice from the Women's Safety Challenge. She is located in Uganda and working between Soweto, Kampala and a rural community. I am going to send her the link to Pop Up and the Innovation Centre - see if there might be a connection to be made there as she is working with teens.

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This is fabulous Bettina! Alex is located in Uganda. Let's try to link Beatrice and Alex both up.

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I am! I will email Beatrice this evening! More details later.... running.

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Well done .. Well done Team .. Congratulations Leigh and team for making this possible... :)

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Wekesa, Congratulations to you as well! Alex and I are so glad to have you as a top notch member on our team. Thank you for your continued hard work, contributions, and boundless positivity that keeps us all energized and excited.
All best,
Leigh

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Hey Leigh, Thanks for the add and the message, let me know if there is any place in particular you want me to focus. I went through Gavin's user experience map and gave some comments (example: https://www.dropbox.com/s/f3klpgxsblqy5kj/Real-world%20challenges%20in%20the%20classroom.pptx?dl=0), I can do the same focusing on the business model lens if you like. Let where you all need me most so that I can be most useful in helping take things to the next level. Is there an experiment planned coming up in any communities that test the concept? Example: Is there any work that needs to be done virtually that can be done in a community center removing the bus? I was thinking something fast that can be done in part of a day or a weekend. I think an experiment and a video of how it went and the results would be amazing.

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Hey Sergio,
Thx again for reaching out! Pinged you via email...

Brainstorming sustainability models for Alex's "Innovation Center" (aka Pop Up Tech Hubs) is definitely a focus area. Rehmah had some fabulous ideas which I forwarded you....

All best!

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at least life leap experiences are getting together with pop up bus. perfect match. It might be interesting if you have a look to the regional and local office structure of un volunteers and unesco. there is a huge crowd of alumnis of this organisations which could support pop up bus with established connections to their former colleagues, so the teams would get better local support or acting as mentors.

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Uwe,

Thanks so much for the insights! We will check that out. I will add that to our to-do list. Please jump in with more great feedback.

ps - It looks like you are from Deutschland? Ich spreche ein bisschen Deutsch... :)

All best,
Leigh

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I love the table of contents that you've created Leigh. It's definitely a great way to organize the incredible amount of research that your team has produced. And it's a very effective way of allowing first time viewers to navigate easily through the contents of this idea!

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Thank you much, Shane!
Cheers,
Leigh

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Love it. Onsite, on demand, hands on learning.

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Thank you Eric!
All best,
#TeamPopUpBus

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Mon 15th sep...

Halo Team, Leigh is still away..
Alex is coordinating possible info bout incubation hub in Uganda - outbox.co.ug

From a country profile........

Nairobi has a cluster of innovation Hubs.. Almost every university has one. The challenge is the outreach side. Spreading the info about existence of this centres and reaching out tho those who leave in rural areas but are running startups or other innovative related ventures and need to bridge the information - financial - legal - markets gap.

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A case study of the university of Nairobi:

c4dlab.ac.ke -
"C4DLab is an R&D (research & development) and startup incubation lab, based at the School of Computing and Informatics, University of Nairobi. The lab aims at contributing towards building the Silicon Savannah, leveraging on the large University community."

fablab.uonbi.or.ke

"Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory or fabulous laboratory) is a workshop with an array of computer controlled tools with the aim to make almost anything."

Existing and more labs too in the same space...

Paul .. The process of learning is an area of further research tho group learning is more complimentary.

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Tweet quote from today

"Dr. Bitange Ndemo @bantigito : Does anyone know the number of local innovations that have impacted grass root entrepreneurship including farming?"

https://mobile.twitter.com/bantigito/status/511457516090589184?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C8263145139

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Wekesa,

I am here and plugged back in :) Missed ya! Thank you for your fabulous community updates! Well done.

See my quick team note above.
We will talk shortly,
Leigh

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Leigh and team,
I wonder if you might want to chat with these folk and see if there is any potential here for a Pop Up "on the ground" in NYC? It might be a place to pilot some of the programming you are developing, or to get feedback from users. It could also be an opportunity to get a global perspective being in NYC where there are so many young people from all over the world.
https://openideo.com/challenge/vibrant-cities/realisation/power-to-the-pop-up
Thoughts?

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Thanks Bettina! Good stuff! Making a note of it.

We're presently focused on learning from Alex's pilot in Uganda. Then we can update our prototype and then test in other communities. Might just have to make your our official NYC Pop Up Facilitator. ;)

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Meena, we have some great mentors on the team who have already volunteered to support the Innovative Centre and Pop Up bus. Rehmah is a great personality with lots of energy to help young people reach their full potential. She is already providing the mentorship I highly need. Wekesa, also volunteered to support us and has been working so hard behind the scenes.

The plan is to have the current team of 23 trained and coached as mentors. The senior mentors like Rehmah and Wekesa would continue coaching them as they pass on the mentorship to the younger brothers and sisters in University. As more entrants get recruited into the centre, they too would get trained as mentors and the button would be passed around that way. We believe this is more sustainable and inspiring.

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Leigh,
Not sure I can be the facilitator but would be happy to help get this team's awesome idea going here in whatever way I can!

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Mon Sep 8th..

Articles review:
Alex and team are working around the clock to refine the "IC"

Some good article reviews are essential

"What is clear is that we must encourage our young people to believe in themselves; they do nothave to have all the information, nor see the whole picture at the beginning.The value of pursuing their dreams despite an incomplete picture is the testimony of the majority of successful business and political entrepreneurs of our time."

http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/659521-tackling-youth-unemployment.html

“Universities have a tremendous role to play in creating solutions and opportunities, both through knowledge and technical skills. Universities arealso living laboratories for coming up with solutions and testing ideas,” said MasterCard Foundation’s Roy.

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20140904154515222

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September 3rd update..
Halo team,
-Leigh will be offline however Karolle has joined in the teams brainstorming .
-Alex continues iterations on the live prototype around kyambogo university,
-The challenge for today is:
..."How might we best use IT/innovation hubs to develop mobile apps for nutrition specific services such as behaviour change messaging and reminders of where to procure nutritious food stuff and services? "
And..
..."How might we best design the coordination around the "initiatives'" management to ensure most/all students benefit from it?"

-The Team is working towards defining a stardard for the "innovation hub" :- http://ubiindex.com/methodology/

-Dave and Alex are coordinating the innovative center experience map..

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Thanks Wekesa for the updates. We completed listening to stories from Kyambogo University and have compiled them into user profile that I shared with the team offline today morning. I look forward to receiving the images from Dave!

On the other hand, the Innovative Center will apply IT mobile apps as one of the means of achieving its goals of empowering the youth to find the clients that need the services or goods and to provide them to the clients in more efficient manner. I had discussion with Rehmah yesterday and we brain stormed how IT will add value to the center but should not be the main focus.

As I read the stories from the students today I landed on one who was worried that the mentorships would encroach into her University timetable and she would not want such. In the user profile story I planned the mentorship workshops to happen only twice a month and each should last for about 5-6 hours. The design of the workshops should also be fun, engaging and filled with more visual inspiration and story telling. This way students will find reason to always look forward to the next workshop!

What does the community feel about this?

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Great collaboration, guys – and reflection based on listening to potential end users!

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Oh – and Pop Up Bus is today's Featured Refinement Contribution!

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Thanks Meena,
Alex is really driving the conversations at the university. Presenting the team with amazing design insights ;)..

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Way to go, Leigh – lots of awesome thinking going on here! And we're loving your visuals, as always. They really help folks to easily engage with your thinking. (In the spirit of the collaboration we're so big on here at OpenIDEO, if you note other ideas being posted that you're keen on that you feel could benefit from visualisation – we hope you might reach out and lend a hand :^)

As you develop your idea, perhaps you might also think about the business model behind the Pop Up Bus? Who might help fund it and what's in it for them? (you can add something about this to our submission form question about main players) Could the bus generate funds in some way to contribute to it's economic sustainability? If you're looking to dig in deeper, you could try out the Business Model Canvas: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/the-electronster/

And of course, we're excited about the potential for lightweight experiments to test assumptions on this fab idea in order to strengthen it even further. Check out what happened on our Creative Confidence Challenge for inspiration: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/the-electronster/

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Meena, Thanks! Sure thing, will do re visuals. These are great questions and pointers.

Is the below link the Business Model Canvas you recommend? Both above links point to the Electronster, which I'm pretty pumped to read more about…
https://openideo.com/challenge/web-start-up/inspiration/business-model-canvas

While researching, I noticed a point of commonality that many initiatives mention around developing countries -- that better quality data needs to be collected and published about the needs of developing communities. This raw data and the data analysis is definitely something world organizations seek out. This is one benefit to partnering organizations. Definitely plan to ideate more around this...

And would love any thoughts/inputs from the OpenIDEO community.

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Meena, Awesome, thanks! Checking it out...

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Hi Leigh! Great idea. I think I have an idea that would work perfectly in tandem with the Pop Up Bus/Boat concept. Is there any way that I can get in touch with you and/or join the Pop Up Bus Brainstorm Team to collaborate?

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Hi Sarah,

Thx for reaching out & welcome to OpenIDEO! Contributions are typically posted into the stream so the OpenIDEO community can see and be inspired by them, just like you posted your above comment.

You referencing your app idea -- mentors via mobile tech -- by any chance? Just read that.

Feel free to DM me on Twitter: @DesignLeigh
All best,
Leigh

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Hi Leigh! Thanks so much for the response :) It's actually not my app idea (but thanks for reading!). I didn't immediately post my idea in the thread b/c I wanted to workshop it around before I shot it out publicly, but meh, why not just get it out there in a rough form and see what people have to say. I'll finish my lunch and then publish it publicly.

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Okee dokee. Here goes a rough idea: I just opened my own micro-business, and as a person ages 18-24, one of the hardest aspects of opening (and continuing) my business is being able to prototype and test my products before I put them up for sale without going bankrupt. This personal experience leads me to believe that in order to support young pioneers and entrepreneurship, we need pop-up testing labs in which young people can create and test prototypes at no cost rapid-fire.

Therefore, what do you think about instead of having a detachable leave behind workshops, the Pop Up Bus/Boat helped each community it entered identify an unused space (room, broken mobile, abandoned plot of land, etc.) to transform into an innovation center? This space would not have to be transformed in any dramatic way, but members of the community could drop of any extra materials/objects they were going to trash or recycle anyway (broken furniture, broken gadgets, scraps, etc.) at the innovation center. Then, youth could use these unwanted and community-donated materials to create prototypes, and the space could also serve as a testing workshop, meeting ground, etc. The way this deviates from the above-proposed Leave Behinds is that these spaces are self-sustainable, and it allows the Pop Up Bus/Boat to not have to tow and restock on detachable workshops, which may be a challenge when working in rural, developing areas.

An idea that I also have is to make these innovation spaces multipurpose -- they could both serve as prototype and testing workshops and as small cooperative cafes so that youth could also work and gain work experience at these innovation labs and make a bit of pocket cash. Cooperative cafes could work because every community always needs food, and every community has a unique, sustainable culinary heritage that is to be prized, celebrated, and potentially profitable. The cooperative cafes could also somehow be integrated into Pop Up Buses/Boats business model.

The reason why I think the innovation lab/coop cafe idea could work beautiful with Pop-Up Buses/Boats is because the latter can help train youth to work in/sustain the former and the former makes the latter a more lightweight concept.

Hokay. Woo. That was a lot! Any thoughts, anyone?

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Hi Sarah,

Great share. In fact, in either this challenge or a recent one, I believe someone else shared their experience building a youth-run cafe... Will have to locate that.

I envision the Pop Up Workshop leave-behind for communities that may not have a preexisting space available -- thinking in terms of developing countries.

More from me in a bit!

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Perhaps you are thinking of this? https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment/winning-concepts/youthcafe

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Perfect, Meena, Thanks!

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Hi Sarah, Check out these youth cafe ideas from Tim Huang & a winning entry by Haiyan Zhang:

https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/research/launching-a-youth-run-cafe-in-bhutan-lessons-on-community-and-empowerment

https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment/winning-concepts/youthcafe

Empowering/training youth to become change instigators within their own communities, so that they help teach other youth in their communities, is definitely a theme of Pop Up Bus.

Various maker/tech spaces are popping up in cities. Startups love to congregate there and rent offices. Individuals pay a fee to use the technology onsite.

Note that any type of space requires funding. A leave-behind pop-up requires funding. And rental of a preexisting space requires funding for outfitting and upkeep. Pop Up Bus would gauge which type of space works best in each community.

Here are some questions for you... This is live user testing :) like you would perform when you build out personas of those who you would like to use your product and gather their feedback....

I'm starting to ask Pop Up Bus team members to don the persona of a Pop Up Bus "Community Pathfinder," "Mentor," or "Facilitator." -- If you were selected by Pop Up Bus and your community to be a Community Pathfinder (to help build opportunities for the youth in your specific community) what skills would you tell Pop Up Bus that the youth in your age range and in your specific community of friends/colleagues would benefit from most?

Skills:
1. prototyping and user testing pop-up labs
2. ...

Jot down any notes you feel comfortable sharing about your community. Examples: I live in a small, rural town in the US where the community is connected (everyone knows everyone), but it doesn't offer many interesting job opportunities. I live in a large, metropolitan city center in Europe and it's hard to snag an entry level job that pays enough for rent. My community has easy access to technology, and youth in my community are well versed in technology, but lack these skills: _______. Local public transportation isn't accessible making it difficult to apply for opportunities. Etc.

Feel free to DM me @DesignLeigh if you'd prefer to be an anonymous persona.

And/or, feel free to add questions to the persona questionnaire.

Cheers!
Leigh

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Leigh,
Pop up bus has popped my eyes on scaling up your idea!

Regarding Example 2: The continuous journey of the bus (or boat) can be a success in India. I will be visiting 8 villages in India (rural migration to urban cities is max in these areas) during Nov-Jan. How do you recommend me to test this? I can take my car instead of the bus and the place has open shelters and I will have limited access to internet. But I can make copies, notes, recorded videos of mentors, short courses and take them on a field trip. Some of them are engineers but lack the communication skills to adhere with the employment opportunities in the urban area and they have a great GPA but are unemployed from 4 yrs. Yes, most of them have mobile phones (basic ones that cost like $10)

Looking forward to visualize pop buses in Indian villages too!
Thanks,
Pri

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Hi Priyanka,

Thanks for reaching out with such an awesome offer! First, let me officially add you to the Pop Up Bus team. Welcome onboard!

Why don't we brainstorm questions (and observations) for you to use on your test. We'll create a simple toolkit for you to use while in India.

Would you like to take a first stab at jotting down some questions to ask on the interviews to start the brainstorming session?

And keep those eyes glued in there... We'll need them for your interviews in India ;)

All best,
Leigh

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Leigh,

Thanks for the invite!
Technological growth is very important esp in India due to the IT Boom.

Some of the interview questions :

1. How can home grown businesses for women (self-employment) in rural India take place?
What are the tools that we can provide? Also can we make this completely dependent on technology like computer or mobile phones?

2. Since India's main occupation is agriculture, can we inscribe smart marketing visuals for farmers to provide them with profits and omitting the middle men? Can we provide more employment in this sector rather than building expertise in what they do not have?

3. Students in the rural areas are well educated but lack certain behavioral and latest technological skills. Can we design portable toolkits that can help them do a self study on wheels?

These are the 3 major areas to hook on to as of now. Identifying target market segments will help us visualize the pop up vehicles better.

Also I was thinking of including educated unemployed youth to take their computers or tabs and travel to rural places in local buses to plant the concept to see tangible benefits. Some of the villagers have not seen a computer in their lives but eager to understand and they are hungry to learn. A computer would cost $199 by Google and a $10 per month of internet service in India. This could be fixed at villages that are interested to take more courses. Each course can be priced as low as $1 with certifications. I am sure this is affordable.

We can brainstorm the funding options. I can tell you the figures that works.
Thanks,
Pri

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Hi Pri, Excellent thinking! Keep the brainstorm coming. I'll start wrapping my brain around this too.

Check out #2 in the above post. I noted that you're taking the lead on #2 for Pop Up Bus Team. Let me know if you'd like to insert a "rough draft" into #2 prior to your India trip.

These research posts are inspiring and related:

Hima's "Training, using simple mobile technologies, works" in India:
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/research/training-using-simple-mobile-technologies-works

Karolle's "Jagriti Yatra — a better India starts with 450 youth on a train for 15 days, journeying all around the nation"
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/research/jagriti-yatra-national-train-journey-to-prepare-youth-to-build-a-better-india

Great work!
Leigh

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Leigh,
I am excited to make it happen and it is within my reach.

The Jagriti Yatra was a boom among the youth in India. Looking at the enthusiasm this is what I did when I lived in Bangalore : https://www.facebook.com/groups/ruralpower/photos/ It was fun in making a difference. It motivated me to do more.

The #2 post is good and we could learn about funding the simple requirements. It is a cycle within itself. A low cost course will help Rural India to empower. If it's free then it wont have a value. The pricing is the key here. Also the project leaders (unemployed youth in urban region) need to be paid a min salary to do so. Anyway, I can test run a pilot project while I am there. To make it sustainable we can think of these options. I guess it is going to workout as there are more than half a million villages in India with 833.5 million people !!

Looking forward to see it.
Thanks,
Pri

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Hey Leigh! I just spent the last 30 minutes scrolling through all the materials and great ideas that everyone has been contributing to make the Pop Up Bus a reality. So much great thinking here. One resource to share -- check out Digital Green -- they have pioneered an approach on creating "edu-tainment" videos by the community, for the community. They started in agriculture (farmers creating educational videos for their peers), and have since moved on to health (community health workers) and others. They may have a toolkit or process to learn from when thinking about a "peer-to-peer" learning approach.

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Hi Team,
This is another great website with "Edutainment" models: http://biztechiq.com/, when implementing the POP UP BUS in Africa, edutainment is key, we Africans love to sing, dance, drama and stories. It is also a great of interaction and bridging education levels of the participants.

Also consider applying for this fund at earliest time possible, it may come in handy for ideas that require technology.

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Hi Hima, It's great to see you here! :)

Will definitely check out Digital Green. Thanks for the heads up. Sounds pretty awesome...

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Pri, Would you like to join Wekesa, Dan, Khin and I in our offline conversations as we build out a lightweight prototype over the next few days prior to Refinement? We'd love to have you! If you direct message me on Twitter, we can swap contact info.
All best,
Leigh

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Hi Leigh, yes I am on Twitter: @alexkmokori

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Alex, Awesome. I just followed you on Twitter. Once you follow me, I'll DM you with my contact details. Looking forward to adding you to our conversations!

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Wow, I cant wait to have the buses stationed in Kyambogo University and the nearby communities as we engage students on soft skills for creating and sustaining jobs as we solve pressing challenges related to non communicable diseases and poverty.

Let's go..

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Great job team!

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Congratulations team. Well done everyone... let's move the idea forward!

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Hi Dave, I am not sure of Leigh has recovered as she was not feeling well. Thank you for the offer to support with the development of persona for this idea just like you did for Rehma. Given what I and Wekesa are prototyping with, I am dealing with youth--graduates and those still in University. If you read the latest modifications Leigh posted yesterday, you should see the issues we are addressing during the prototype. One new thing I learnt today as I held focus group discussion with the youth here is the idea of using video testimonials to reach out the youth is great. They also like working through University students associations or bodies instead of getting to individual students directly.

I could go on and on....Wekesa could add on so you could guide us further on what we need to get to enable you help...

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Alex, Thanks for hopping on this! You guys are the best team ever ;) Yup, still a bit under weather. Oy.

Let's be sure to stick your posts at the top of the post stream, to make sure everyone sees them. Do you see the live "comment" area at the top of the post stream? Pop your ideas there so folks can see all the great ideas you have and admirable work you are doing.

And I'll respond to Dave's above post so that he knows you were reaching out to him.

Incredible work today!
Leigh

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Oops! I missed this conversation, people.
My twitter ID is @botny

Let's see if we can do this one:
Leigh,
I was thinking about using simple ideas to build a sanitary system at a rural village near Bangalore, India this December. Can we design a course to build a sanitary system - hygiene values? (any social training courses). A pop-up car will carry these materials to these destined villages. This is do-able and does not need the fast changing technology.
If we can implement it at one place, which means we can do similar things at other places too!
What do you think about this?

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Hi Priyanka,

Based on the tools I have used to prototype this idea here in Uganda, I believe mobilizing that rural community in Bangalore to build a sanitary system is very doable in a pretty simple way. What we need to do is have a core team catalyze the process and we can apply community led total sanitation approaches to get the community moving to doing something positive to address sanitation and hygiene issues.

We can talk more on this and plan how to make it happen.

On behalf of Leigh, Alex!

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Special shout out to Alex! You're so proactive, and I'm loving the videos you put together. :)

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Thanks Rabarison! it is so inspiring to listen to these young men and women speak right from their hearts about the hopes and dreams in life. You can see people who are very hungry for success not only for themselves but for their communities and the world. You can tell that what they are looking out is an inspiration, leadership and an organizer to help them unleash their potential to greatness while earning some living to keep them going.

Yesterday, my team and I almost cried when we listened to students in first, second and third year tell their life stories, their hopes and dreams and how they felt about an external agency like Innovative Centre and Pop Up Bus becoming their partners in the pursuit to help realize their dreams. All agreed it was an amazing idea, something that would help them grow and be certain there is life beyond the walls of the University.

Here is an extract from one of our story tellers (we chose to use projective techniques to get the human centred design perpective from the users and this has payed us well. We completed interviewing two of the user categories and will conclude the final one today--the employer and the lecturer):

"By year 2010 I had a dream being a pharmacist. However after my Uganda Advance Certificate of Education (UACE) when results came out all tables turned to my second choice :human nutrition. This is a course I knew little about from one of my academic mentors: Dr. Robert Mutagwanya ,a lecturer at Makerere University. That is when I picked application forms from Kyambogo University and only applied for one course --Human Nutrition and Dietetics (HND). It was a little risky however I knew if I don't get it I will go apply for a diploma in pharmacy somewhere else. So that's how I end up in HND. It was at one point disappointment for me for I thought it was ore biological and slightly medical which wasn't the case. I found some thing else to motivate myself which I got in my second year doing sensory evaluation and product development.
This is when I decided to become a food producer for the rest of my life.

I have developed several products--both food and laundry products though the whole issue remains a prototype upto date.
So I go into business with the goal of getting capital to start real production of my innovations. Todate I am in business dealing with mobile money which is performing so far so well. That is where I see my qualifications in HND leading me. I intend to go further my education in specifically food production and quality control.
I look forward to being the producer of products that will be a favorite all over Africa", final year student in Kyambogo University.

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How awesome has the journey been so far on this idea???! We've been blown away that you've already been collaboratively refining your thinking way before we entered the Refinement phase! We're now excited to see how you might do some quick, lightweight experiments with potential end users in the picture. This might even turn up some provocative opportunities – like, what if the pop-up part of this idea wasn't reliant on something as major as a bus? Stay agile, folks!

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Meena, And thank you for this one too :) We appreciate your pointers!

Since we don't have a Pop Up Bus (and its resources) in pocket to offer Alex for on the ground support in building a Pop Up Hub, our current brainstorm is 1) how to sustain Alex's "Pop Up Hub / Innovation Center" and 2) how to apply that business model to any Pop Up Hubs that launch globally.

Rehmah has shared some fab ideas. We're thinking that the hubs would potentially offer two services: a product/service the community needs (and would have to pay for) and youth educational services (free of charge). In Alex's case, we're thinking in terms of health/nutrition services/products.

The goal is also: As part of youth training in the hub, the youth will build health and nutrition products and services (together as teams) that can, in turn, sustain the hub

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Great stuff. Loving the notion of Pop Up Hubs that are less dependent on infrastructure like large vehicles. You guys have such a switch-end on team – Rehmah + Alex included!

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I'm playing catch up over here. The bit about thinking beyond the bus is great provocation, Meena.

Leigh, I might be missing something you already addressed elsewhere, but thinking on Meena's point here – I'm now wondering, is the "pop up" part essential? What need does that model meet? What would we have to gain or lose if the solution for Alex's particular situation were more hub than pop-up?

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It's amazing to see the synergy that this idea has brought about. Alex the interviews with your team are a great insight into learning who they are and the importance of this initiative. Excited to learn how you are connecting with mentors.
Pop up bus team it's amazing to see that you are starting with one team. Curious to learn how this framework plays out with other groups and what you learn along the way. Leigh are you planning to do a pop up in your community as well?
Curious to learn what are next steps and what's the main goal to accomplish by the end of the Refinement phase. Amazing work! I'm super inspired by how this team has leveraged the collaborative and global power of this platform and by the energy and pace with which you are moving this initiative forward.

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Hi Luisa!

Our next steps are to continue to focus on Alex's ongoing pilot during the remaining days of Refinement. We are capturing what works, what doesn't work, and recording/testing assumptions. Alex has made great strides on the pilot in just a handful of days. He is quickly trying to compile/collect data and prep that for presentation to the community. I have been trying to present this data as rapidly as I receive it, so that the OpenIDEO community can watch live and offer suggestions.

We are also having active discussions about how to sustain Alex's "Pop Up Hub / Innovation Center." Currently Alex and his team of youth have pooled together some money to kickstart the initiative. The goal is that youth trained in the center work together to create viable health and nutrition products/services (as part of the training). Some of these products/services then may be able to sustain the hub. In the interim we are brainstorming what other product or service Alex could offer his community, that the community needs, and that would sustain the hub. We're trying to keep youth training free of charge to youth.

I could pilot this myself in DC. Logistically, I'm unable to during September due to upcoming personal obligations and whirlwind travel plans. Prior to piloting elsewhere around the globe, I'd like for our team to 1) focus energies on helping Alex, and, 2) to assess lessons learned from Alex's pilot. We are all learning from Alex's incredible hard work right now. :) The first goal: figure out how to launch Alex's Innovation Center successfully!

All best!
Leigh

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Amazing stuff, guys. Leigh, I've been impressed by the agile ways you've been leading this awesome global collaboration – and ordering your post as updates come in. When you're ready, do fill out the extra questions we've added for Refinement (now at the bottom of your idea's submission form). And you'll be able to add these thoughts about next steps towards implementation there too. We're amped at the thought that you and your team can keep this momentum up at some stage into the future (though we hear you on having other commitments too :^) – to create valuable, onwards social impact from this exciting collaboration.

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Oops – I see you have actually started answering our new questions. Way to go!

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Hey Meena, Thank you! Sincerely appreciate it :)

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Way to go Leigh! Congrats on moving on to refinement with your global bus/boat adventure! Looking forward to spending some time with your idea....
Bettina

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Hi Bettina, Thank you–Always a pleasure to have your energy and creativity around! Added you to our team.
(ps - If you have time. I know you have other awesome initiatives underway.)
All best,
Leigh

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Thanks Leigh!
I just had a quick read through your idea - a first run if you will.
Impression - Comprehensive and creative! As I read it for some reason walking through a forest and marking trees, or dropping markers, as a way to find one's way back came to mind. How to connect the dots for a local community and for the youth that you serve as you pass through and pop up?
One of OpenIDEO's questions - what can you leave behind to sustain impact? Is the trailer one solution? I like that idea. As I was reading the proposal, before I came to the part about the trailer, I envisioned the back door of the bus opening out and an awning expanding to create an indoor outdoor room to use to expand the space for learning, gathering, sharing at each stop. Then I saw your trailer idea which is also a space expander and great idea to leave it behind!

Two other ideas about something to leave behind -
1) What if the Pop Up Bus invites community members who are working with youth to a forum during the visit - the bus hosts an event which can serve a few purposes - a) a way for youth to learn about what is available locally and to meet mentors who can present themselves. b) Local organizations and mentors can learn about the bus's services and make in person connections so that when the bus is gone they can become the local extension of the bus's purpose.
c) if the community lacks a formal youth organization can the bus provide a toolkit that can help them formally start one?
The community here can add many more....

2) Is there a way to tag the bus with a gps so that youth can follow it's journey? Can the bus record podcasts at each stop which can be broadcast by local radio station, or internet station? Can the bus have it's own channel? If so can the bus text message youth (for those that have no internet connections but have cell phones) alerting them to upcoming radio shows or posted podcasts? (I really am not up on the tech possibilities here. I do know about Audioboo which is an online podcast site where people can have their own channels and one can post the podcasts on the internet. Might be a great way to share stories, interviews, and educational programming. There is an App as well.
I am trying to think of ways to connect via radio since many communities will not have broad based internet service.
https://audioboo.fm/boos/1691892-facebook-and-twitter-used-to-help-16-18-year-olds-cllr-kitcat-interview

Last thought for now -
Have you considered using the outside of the bus as a surface to screen videos - I can see it as a way to advertise, catch attention as the bus is parked - it also expands the work/educational space. I can see short clips of youth talking about their experiences, on the bus, at work, with mentors - youth introducing themselves to the world - as the bus travels across it. A collage of faces and stories. just a thought...

Amazing work and great collaborative effort here Leigh!
Best, Bettina

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Hi Leigh and Alex.
I was reading about Alex's team and their frustrations around finding work in their fields/health and nutrition. What are their specific interests and goals? It appears that some of them have some work in this area now. Do they work with individual patients? Do they counsel patients on diet related to specific diseases, for example diabetes?

I also saw that one member of Alex's team works as a coaching consultant.
I wonder if the nutritionists might start their own consulting/coaching business for clients in the city who can afford to pay privately. I have read about health/nutrition coaches that work one on one with clients who for example want to lose weight or just attain a healthier life style. The consultant/coach can give the nutritionist tips on motivational approaches, although as a nutritionist they might be quite competent in this already.
Sometimes folk like a cheerleader on their side as they make some life changes. If the group works together on this perhaps they can generate income which can be funneled into the list of needs that Alex posted - or into whatever it is that they have as their professional goals going forward?
Another thought I had was whether they can form a "group" and become nutritional consultants for the PopUp Bus brand - perhaps making videos, or holding consultations using Skype with different communities that the bus visits. Not sure about reimbursement but it could be interesting to utilize resources in this way.

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Hi Bettina,

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, providing consultancy services to different clients is one of the incoming earning streams we are looking at. The team has two simple objectives 1) to support each other and generate income from available demand for nutrition related services and goods; and 2) to coach and mentor students in Universities so they come out from there with their heads up knowing their future past the University is secured.

Pop Up Bus brand will work well as social mobilization tool for the team to host different clients and provide the needed goods and services. From the current user profiling video testimonials of peers who have made it through University, employment and life; employers and coaches would great great inspiration to the students and young professionals. These people are looking out for inspiration that beyond the walls of the University there are plenty of opportunities for those who look out for them and are ready to grab them.

We see the Innovative Centre as the starting point for the inspired students and young professionals with the Pop Up Bus as the marketing and delivery tool.

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Hi Bettina, Saw your ideas come in! Thank you! Always a pleasure to see what creative suggestions you have. We are reading through, taking note, and bouncing around these ideas...

All best!
Leigh

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Hi All,
Great stuff! Loved watching the idea take shape. I feel like the only thing missing up to this point is a customer journey map to better visualize how customers interact with the product (something I'm in the process of making for my ideas as well). If you haven't already started on one, I'm happy to help out with a map!

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Hi Dave, Thanks for reaching out. We haven't had a chance to design a journey map, though it would be awesome to add one to the project -- and a lot of fun to build!

Our energies are presently focused on running our first pilot of the prototype in Uganda with 21 youth. #GoTeamAlex!

So, would love to see what you come up with re map. It may shed more insights for us. Time permitting, I think our Team's Business Lead, Dan, is planning on doing a little journey mapping and more financial modeling later this week...

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Cool! Let me know if you need any help, Dan!

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We'd love to see what you come up with!

We have some personas/scenarios built out in the post -- across developing and developed countries -- that may be of assistance.

Note that Khin's KoKreation scenario also joins with ours. And Paul added some new scenarios for us 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#c-e12d3a6c52de24214ca0ad7fea396382

If Dan builds out some ideas as well, it will be interesting to see where both sets of ideas merge and diverge. Ie, may lead us to more insights which would be great! Shout if you need any notes from me to help get started...

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Congrats on moving forward to the next stage!

Cool, happy to start it, and I’ll try to make a user friendly document that can be modified and built upon by everyone—will be fun!

The most pressing feedback point that I’d pass on is that for me the human need, or pain point, is not clearly described. What I’m thinking could help others better understand the solution is a zoomed out comparative customer journey map at the pain point + value proposition level. From there, a flow could then point to describing the actual customer touch points.

We’re working on this approach for Rehmah’s CATHY project. Please see first draft here: http://goo.gl/g1As0M In Rehmah’s map, CEDA is the link between the clear human need/pain point, and the proposed solution described further below. I feel like if we can clearly describe the human need in a similar way for Pop Up Bus, it will be easier to envision the solution that follows.

Rehmah’s comparative map started with her basic description of where youth are now, and where she wants them to be in the future: http://goo.gl/v3lz24 For Pop Up Bus, we could take a similar approach in starting to make the pain point clearer, or if it’s easier to just jot down a pain point description, that works as well. Pop Up Bus has clear applications globally, and there are different customer personas, so it might work best to describe a persona that embodies the pains that all customers share. Looking forward to working through it!

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Hey team, congratulations. Let's finalize this idea.

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Hey Dave,

Alex on our team is reaching out to you. I've copied/pasted his post to you (which slipped to the bottom of this post stream). Wanted to make sure you got it. Both Alex and Wekesa are piloting our prototype live in Uganda. #GoTeam!!

From Alex: "Hi Dave, I am not sure of Leigh has recovered as she was not feeling well. Thank you for the offer to support with the development of persona for this idea just like you did for Rehma. Given what I and Wekesa are prototyping with, I am dealing with youth--graduates and those still in University. If you read the latest modifications Leigh posted yesterday, you should see the issues we are addressing during the prototype. One new thing I learnt today as I held focus group discussion with the youth here is the idea of using video testimonials to reach out the youth is great. They also like working through University students associations or bodies instead of getting to individual students directly.

I could go on and on....Wekesa could add on so you could guide us further on what we need to get to enable you help…"

And, I'm adding you to #Team Pop Up Bus. Welcome onboard! We look forward to seeing what you come up with re journey mapping.

Cheers!
Leigh

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Dear Rehmah, We're so happy you are part of our team! Alex has said wonderful things about you. Alex and Wekesa have kickstarted our first pilot in Uganda. We are in the midst of learning from their great strides.

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Thanks Leigh! In response to Alex's post below:

Basically, I feel like we need a "specific and compelling problem statement" which is discussed in more detail on page 5 "define mode" of this Stanford d.school design thinking guide http://goo.gl/klvHNz

An example from another industry:
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A 2012 joint study by Symantec and the National Cyber Security Alliance showed that 84% of small businesses have no formal cyber-security plan in place. Visa Inc. (V) states that more than 90% of data breaches reported are from SMEs. A Lexis Nexis study, "The True Cost of Fraud," shows that annually merchants lose $190 B, Banks lose $11 B, and consumers lose $5B.

Some pain points:

1) 84% of SMEs have zero cyber threat contingencies, and they're paying billions because of it.
2) Visa Inc. is losing millions every month because SMEs don't have cyber threat contingencies in place.
3) FACT---> Cyber Fraud is an unsolved $190 B/yr. problem.
4) FACT---> Solutions that can save consumers, banks, and merchants some of that $190 B would be highly desirable.

If this challenge were about cyber threats, one proposal might be:

"Affordable and Effective Cyber Security for SMEs"

Pain: "84% of SMEs are paying billions because they don't have cyber threat contingencies."
Our Solution: "SME Security' is a user friendly effective security solution that 90% of SMEs can afford, allowing SMEs, consumers, and banks to save billions."

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So when we're looking at Pop Up Bus,

Pain: ? (Please see p. 5 "define mode" of thed.school link above for ideas how to shape this statement)

Our Solution: "Workshops on wheels that travel the globe, popping up in developing and developed countries to cultivate opportunities for youth while extending employment networks throughout communities."

Once we get a clear problem statement, we'll have a better idea of how to shape the customer journey. Hope this helps!

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Note: A problem statement should ideally be based on research + understanding based on interactions with real users. Because everybody here has personal commitments, day jobs, etc., it's very hard to find time to get significant interaction with real users. Thus, some areas of the process may benefit from being a little weighted toward using existing quantitative studies to gain understanding. This is a bit of a departure from a typical business design adventure, but may be necessary in this forum. In short, I wouldn't be afraid to use current published works, statistics, etc. to shape the project. Thoughts?

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Hey Dave,

Thanks much! Let me take a look through everything you've posted here and I'll loop back with you.

One note - We do currently have real users -- 23 youth in Uganda who are our pilot group of Community Pathfinders. Alex started gathering video testimonials from the group today. This group has specific pain points they are addressing with Alex, and my guess is that some of those pain points can be extrapolated as global youth pain points.

Given that we are working on both a global level and community-based levels, it sounds like pain points may be tiered Let me noodle this a bit

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No prob! Cool, the insights Alex gets will be very valuable in understanding the pain point. And yes I'm sure we'll be able to discover a common trend between some of Alex's captured insights and global phenomena.

Sorry, just realized the link to Rehmah's map above navigated to the wrong screen. Here's the map: http://goo.gl/g1As0M

As you think through it, a couple of possible general pains to think about:

A) Information
Are we solving an information problem? Does the pain revolve around an inability of many local initiatives to convert existing knowledge into results at the local level?

B) Cost
Are we solving a cost problem? Does the pain revolve around the idea that committing to an enrollment-based program takes away from needs based earning potential? Do we focus on the youth whom enrollment-based initiatives can't capture?

C) Convenience
Are we solving an access problem? Does the pain revolve around the fact that many youth are geographically disconnected, so we come to them?

Hope this helps in visualizing the problem statement!

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Hi Dave,

At the highest level, here are the pain points from the perspectives of:
1) Youth
2) Educational Institutions
3) Employers

Youth:
1) I don't have access to education.
2) I have a university degree, but I lack the soft and hard skills employers want.
3) I am attending university, but my university doesn't offer training in new technologies or in soft skills.
4) I can't get a job. Just what skills are employers seeking?
5) Specific pain point to Alex's pilot: I have a university degree in health and nutrition, but I am unable to find work in that field so I supplement my income doing other types of work. And, I am unhappy doing so.

Note: Alex has a long list of pain points specific to our Uganda pilot.

Educational institutions:
1) Technology is changing rapidly. Our course offerings have not been updated fast enough to keep up with these changes.
2) Employers don't necessarily communicate to university programs what skills they are seeking in graduates.

Employers:
1) Technology is changing fast. Youth aren't necessarily being taught these new tech skills in school. Nor are youth taught basic soft skills required for the day-to-day job. I need to hire skilled workers right off the bat. I don't have time or budget to train recent graduates on the job.

Pop Up Bus and Innovation Center are solving 1) the education accessibility (access and cost) issue by bringing education to youth directly within their communities & 2) discovering what skills employers require and offering training in those 21st century skills to youth.

All best!
Leigh

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Hey team jus remembered ---> https://zip.kiva.org/?_e_pi_=7%2CPAGE_ID10%2C1549779208 .. Its a great platform to create awareness on financial availability...
Guess what inspired me ;) ---- > http://unglobalpulse.org/node/14802

Targeting Direct Cash transfers to the Extremely Poor- a well done paper on social good....

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Way to go on such a stellar idea Leigh and team. It's incredibly inspiring to see this growing and being prototyped. This 'Smart TXTBK' technology uses sim cards as textbooks and might be a great way to keep momentum going one busses leave a community - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bUGXqhrVrw.

As far as the micro-work business model goes, it could be interesting to explore how you could structure the work so that employees build their skills as they work for the micro-work organisation, meaning that over time the micro-work organisation could build their capabilities as well as those of the employees. I am also interested how Sumasource deals with business confidentiality issues (and their clients' concerns about this), in that risk is heightened that info will get out if many workers have access to the material.

And Leigh, I hope you're getting better!

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Hey Jes, Thanks for the well wishes. Great to see you pop up here!

We'll check out the Smart TXTBX tech. Thanks for pointing us there.

And super microwork points. Dan is our microwork team expert. Both he and Wekesa are exploring our microwork business model in more depth.

All valid points on data security. Shout if you find interesting leads on this topic.

All best!
ps - How are all your Recycling Projects going?

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Glad to be of help! I'm still looking for leads re: data security - I'll circle back during refinement when I find more info.

Unfortunately Recycling Projects aren't moving very quickly, I'm currently trying to find local partners in Australia to supply me with recycling info and barcode info for the app.

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The mobile "one-stop shop" concept is fabulous, especially for bringing needed resources to remote/developing areas. One possible funding model could be a university sponsoring a K-12 educational vehicle that focuses on girls, who too often lack access to education in many parts of the world. The bus would complete its route systematically so that girls who are unable to get to a traditional school can earn credits in a safe and reliable place, and be on the pathway to higher education and higher income. Would need to research the feasibility of whether or not the university/sponsor is paid back over time if employment is achieved. In whatever form it ultimately takes, the Pop Up Bus has the potential to contribute to regional workforce development through ascending levels education. Bravo to the whole team for driving the bus idea forward!

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Driving the bus idea forward... thanks for being punny!

Also, love the idea of providing access to girls.

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Allison this is a real need. Am positive about this, mostly awareness issues. Practices like FGM and reproductive health education to nanny/house helps training sessions.. And role models ;)

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Allison and Erica, Just wanted to say thanks for your feedback! Allison, we rolled your "university sponsoring" suggestion into ideas we're exploring. Many thanks!

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Love the work you all are doing and the virtual collaborative techniques! That is awesome. Love this concept!

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Thank you Sergio from #TeamPopUpBus! We appreciate your feedback. If you have any suggestions, we are all ears.

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The first thing I started thinking about was the yellow school busses in Panama that people end up purchasing and using for public transportation. I think buses would be a viable option in South America as they are the common mode of transpiration and there are probably old ones that can be outfitted. I have more of a question about the business model and who is paying for what... if Samasource and Mechanical turk are paying for work done, what is the incentive reason for the 'bus' to move? Maybe I missed that. Great work, love all the analysis.

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Hi Sergio, Thanks for the feedback re South America. Good to know.

Our team continues to gather data on & to brainstorm financial modeling scenarios. Our business brainstorm doc outlines funding sources specific to buses, like providing brand ops to companies who wish to market product, hosting VIP speaker events on buses for business professionals, providing courses to business professionals onboard the bus for a fee, providing physical transportation (and use of onboard bus technology) between cities for a ticket price, etc. In other words, building use cases for our buses where fees can be charged to one or more set of consumers, so that youth can access the bus free of charge.

Be sure to shout if you have ideas.
Cheers!
Leigh

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Halo Leigh, understanding the skills gap by it self key to unlocking which approach should be taken and meeting the service users will help shed more light .... James Bessen article on HBR.ORG- recommended read: http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/08/employers-arent-just-whining-the-skills-gap-is-real/
Its cuts across sectors and income expectations

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Hi Wekesa, Another great find. Article gives a great analysis of the "skills gap."

Popping the author's summary here for OpenIdeators to read,

"Employers using new technologies need to base hiring decisions not just on education, but also on the non-cognitive skills that allow some people to excel at learning on the job; they need to design pay structures to retain workers who do learn, yet not to encumber employee mobility and knowledge sharing, which are often key to informal learning; and they need to design business models that enable workers to learn effectively on the job... Policy makers also need to think differently about skills, encouraging, for example, industry certification programs for new skills and partnerships between community colleges and local employers...Although it is difficult for workers and employers to develop these new skills, this difficulty creates opportunity. Those workers who acquire the latest skills earn good pay; those employers who hire the right workers and train them well can realize the competitive advantages that come with new technologies." -- James Bessen, Harvard Business Review

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Hey Team,

I thought I would give some feedback on Examples 1 in particular.

Example 1 - Based on http://bulungulaincubator.wordpress.com/ experience; They took two years for community participation before they started building their eco-tourism lodge and say it has been a 10 year journey to really understand the local community. Just be sure to include these sort of timelines and community engagement levels in your constraints.

I do love the helping the way you've envisioned helping the local farmers, perhaps using technology like http://dronesar.com/ to help?

As another perspective: Maybe using the buses to spread opportunity information may be better than running training programs. This opportunity information could be to local support services, government education etc?

Simon

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Hi Simon, Thanks for the links! Eventually the goal is to have a global network of buses sharing opportunity information for youth. Think of the network as a real-time heat map indicating trending jobs and youth skill sets around the globe.

At the start, the buses share job ops along their specific routes. A great start given that some adjacent communities aren't necessarily well connected (primarily in developing countries). We're leveraging the power of training local youth as Pathfinders who know their communities intimately (to help get past any cultural barriers).

Our team is pretty energized about supplementing buses with 21st century skills training, since that is at the heart of this challenge. One of our team members in western Kenya cited the example of having only one tech hub available for 47 surrounding counties. There's a need for more of these educational connection points.

Another team member, who has a background in youth mentoring, eloquently said, "Citing the example from human developmental approaches (Spiral Dynamics by Clare Graves and Don Beck), an economically deprived neighourhood in London might need the same kind of economic pathway workshop as an Asian developing country because of similar meme-value structures. Hence, the scenario suggested is to transcend the limits and bring out the universal bonds."

This is what we're currently brainstorming as we prototype -- "how to transcend the limits and bring out those universal bonds."

Karolle shared an excellent example with us that showcases the power of mobile training (taking science education to children in villages in India via bus). Just looking at the map that locates all of the buses deployed around India, gives me the good kind of chills:
http://www.agastya.org/where/where-are-our-mobile-labs-2

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Smart comments, Simon. I know exactly what you mean. That's why I think partnering with an established org might be a great way to kickstart the pop-up bus project.

Another potential partner is Junior Achievement. Their high school programs are all about exploring careers and trying out entrepreneurial projects. I think there's an opportunity there to build a pop-up initiative that bridges their curriculum (that exploration phase) with actual employment opportunities. Pre-college summer employment perhaps?

Also checkout newcomer Rock College: http://www.rockcollege.com/

The partner org could also be a school. One thing I learned while working with affordable private schools (APS) is that most of those school owners, if not all, don't maintain data on what students do once they graduate. If the student or student's family remains in the same neighborhood, school owners may have a vague idea through word of mouth—after all, they're neighbors!—but it's not info that informs what the school does for future graduates. So there's another opportunity for a "bridge" there—perhaps working with the school owner to reach out to alumni about their successes and failures in finding employment (and what type of employment they end up in). Then use that information to build a pop-up program for students in Classes IX and X to get them thinking about what their goals are once they leave the school and developing the skills to get there.

Learn more about the APS context here: https://openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/brief.html

I think the key is to start out with small + smart bets as far as picking a geography and the program content go. — It doesn't have to be developing a skill training program. A prototype might be a one-off workshop (with a follow-up convening), if not for a specific skill then maybe around how to find opportunities (which really is a skill in itself!). The examples in the project description present diverse communities, scenarios, demographics — I'd love to see OpenIDEATORS who are participating in this challenge and live in or have access to such communities deliver a session or two of this hypothetical prototype workshop. Get feedback from youth, then continue to iterate. I expect the feedback would be as diverse as the communities themselves, so it's important to tap into that early on.

And doing these test workshops isn't just about gaining insights—they're really energizing! Nothing feeds motivation to build like having youth say, "Oh wow, I had never thought of that before" or "Hey, that sounds useful, tell me more." :)

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PS: I love Simon's idea around opportunity information and amplifying awareness of existing service providers. Will try to find a minute later this weekend to loop back here and speak to that in the ag context—specifically, for smallholder farmer communities.

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Hi Karolle, Thanks for all of this. Added you to #TeamPopUpBus. A warm welcome!

Our present focus in on rough prototype. We're gathering all kinds of data and will be reaching out to other orgs...

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Karolle, Thanks again for all of these insights. Starting to explore them now that our first prototype is posted.

Agree with everything you said above. Leveraging a partnership with a proven initiative that is already out in the field would be hugely beneficial. Introducing youth to small scale prototype testing sessions to gather feedback will be valuable next steps. Our team is spread out across the globe which gives us the opportunity to test in both developed and developing countries. We also have a bit of financial modeling to do. Wrapping our brains around these components...

Excellent feedback! Thank you!
Leigh

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Hello,
Your concept is really interesting and has a lot of depth. I would like to add some comments to help, if I can. From my experience, the youth unemployment issue is happening in 2 areas. The first is where it lacks a developped market place (poorer area, almost no industry and mainly agriculture). Youngster dream of moving away and live in a busy city. So bringing some traveller is great for them and might help them discover the fun of their areas. The second area is in areas with saturated market (richer area) companies need people to be efficient now, without time for training. Therefore its difficult to find a job without training, a pop up bus can bring projects to develop skills (have a look at http://www.goodfornothing.com/). My point is that the bus might need to be tuned depending on the need of the area.
This leads me to another point is that it should be designed for a long lasting impact. It's not only a “summer camp”. While I completely agree with the travelling facilitators, and the local “mentors”. I was wondering if it would be interesting to request the help of the elderly. I know it is stretching the original brief, but in many areas the knowledge of elderly are left behind. Sometimes it could bring help aside from the project owner, the youngster.
I have seen the great work already done on funding the project. But there is another point that could be added : it would be relevant to focus on local ressources to fully devellopped an ecosystem arround those projects.
Here are 2 examples of projects that help people undestand the pop up bus project :
In a rural area, some youngster wants to develop their company but don't have much ideas or knowledge to run a business. Their parents gave them the extrodinary knowledge of knowing to cultivate food. But with the rise of mechanization, less people are necessary. The bus could help set up a company of buying and selling seeds and necessary equipment. Youngster have the advisory knowledge and a knowledge of local farmer (2 of the most important asset to start a business) and the facilitators can show them to run a stock, do accounting and facilitate the creation of the company and initial fund raising for stock.
OR
Facilitator and mentors found that there is a lose of a specific local tradition. They can propose youngster to set up a quality touristic activity to bring people in. The facilitator could show them what is expected in terms of quality of service and create a buzz arround this new activity. Youngster would be in charge of keeping the tradition fun and fresh whille running the business.
Tell me what you think
Paul

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Hi Leigh, I made shout out to you and your idea in my latest blog that just went up. Check it out here!: https://openideo.com/blog/youth-employment-challenge-community-ambassador-update-4

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Thanks Shane from #TeamPopUpBus! Another excellent read from our Community Ambassador.

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Leigh,
WOAH! Totally blown away by the work you and your team have done here. Excited to see you all bring this idea to the next level! Great job updating your team and the community. Keep it coming!
Guy

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Guy, Thanks from #TeamPopUpBus! Great to part of such a truly inspired, talented, energetic team.

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......... "there are pockets of excellence around the world that are changing the way youth, education providers, and employers negotiate the education-to-employment highway. Unfortunately, these success stories are the exceptions, not the norm. To correct this, the current system’s underlying structures and incentives need to change. There are two priorities: creating more successes and scaling them up to serve the millions of youth who need them." So on what and how popupTeams should approach this challenge a report by Mona Mourshed, Diana Farrell ,Dominic Barton - Education to Employment: Designing a System that Works from Mckinsey center of government has a very comprehensive take around this.. Highly recommended...

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Solid find Wekesa.

I think momentum is building as more of these "pockets of excellence" pop up, like Agastya's Mobile Science Labs in India (http://www.agastya.org) -- Karolle's share, The Millennial Trains Project (http://millennialtrain.co), and Grameen Foundation's "Community Knowledge Workers Program"... to name a few...

Let's keep brainstorming how to make our prototype universal...

ps - Added a v1 prototype doc to Google Drive that our team can edit jointly...

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Bravo to you and your team for the tireless brainstorming and updates on this project. It's great that you're already thinking of business models and potential options for funding.

A little birdie (OK, it was the one and only Meena Kadri) told me you might be interested in testing this idea in India.

Have you heard of Agastya? http://www.agastya.org/

This org delivers quality science education (lab access, hands-on learning) to rural youth through a fleet of "mobile science vans" traveling across 12 states.

I don't have a personal contact, but I'd encourage you to seek them out for insights and guidance. Since they've experienced the wins and challenges of designing, implementing, and scaling a pop-up learning initiative, they would be an incredible resource as you continue developing this idea here—and perhaps also as your team moves to prototyping the pop-up bus in India.

For example, you could ask them for guidance on:
— Community access and buy-in: In addition to getting youth excited about the learning and employment opportunities, it'd be important to get buy-in from adult leaders in the community. I bet Agastya already has well-established relationships with village council elders and a supportive network that you could tap into. And they may even have an idea about specific communities that'd be a great fit for an early prototype.
— Needs assessment: The GoI itself has funded lots of research on skills development and skills training, but I can't even imagine doing that lit review right now ;) You could reach out to the Agastya team to get an idea of what skills for employment pathways the youth they work with need and would be interested in developing via a mobile learning center. With science vans already traveling around they country, they might even be willing to do a quick-and-dirty needs/interests survey re: employment pathways and skills.
— Pathfinder youth: In addition to engaging teachers and other adults in the community for delivery, the science vans also train youth to be Young Instructors and promote peer-to-peer learning. I don't know much about the Young Instructors, but the model sounds similar to the Pathfinders idea. You should definitely look into it further!

All in all, I think there's great potential for collaboration with Agastya, if not in putting together a prototype then at least with Agastya playing an advisory role as you build the backbone for the project. I've found that people (esp in social sector) are usually excited to talk about their work, and even one phone call with someone on their team could win you valuable insights!

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Forgot one more thing re: India — if you & partners pick this geography, you also might want to check NSDC for funding opportunities: http://www.nsdcindia.org/

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Wow, Karolle. Thank you for all of this incredible info! Taking a read through and will ping you with any questions.
ps - it's great to see you here! :)

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Super glad you got in touch here, Karolle! Not to mention, I'm a big fan of Agastya: https://openideo.com/challenge/how-might-we-increase-the-availability-of-affordable-learning-tools-educational-for-children-in-the-developing-world/inspiration/12th

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Karolle, Would you like to be part of the Pop Up Bus team? We'd love to have you onboard!

And thank you again for sharing this wealth of insights!
All best,
Leigh

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Full disclosure: I'm tied up in a project of my own right now and thus haven't been as active on OpenIDEO. Happy to join your team and chime in now and then with inputs as the challenge progresses. I've worked on various youth development initiatives, so this challenge is right up my alley.

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Hi Leigh,

I see this Pop Up Bus attracting my target Super Team in Kyambogo University as we put our new life skills to address health issues with people. I know for sure students love classy and trendy things especially if it is linked to publicity. Public commitment and photo board hung inside the bus would act as cue to action to others who get on board to do something about the issue being discussed. I like this principle of herding 'when people are in doubt, they follow the crowd' as applied in behavioural economics. I suggest we consider this communication mix.

It is even better if this bus is video recorded and played on TV and Utube to get large audience to learn about it and want to get on board.
Here is a series of Minibuzz played on our local TV---NTV; https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8704F72627ED5558

Let me know what the rest of the team think.
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Alex, Love it! All great ideas.

This is another perfect way to live prototype our project. Would love to have you join our (myself, Wekesa, Khin and Dan) offline conversations as we build the prototype out.

Are you on Twitter? If you DM me @DesignLeigh, I'll send you my contact info.

All best!
Leigh

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Note to team members (August 21): Khin, Wekesa, Dan and I are having offline conversations in order to start building out a lightweight prototype over the next few days, prior to Refinement Stage. Direct message me on Twitter (@DesignLeigh) if you'd like to join our conversation. We can exchange info. We'd love to have you! All best, Leigh

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Wow! I am so blown away by the level of collaboration of this idea. Amazing work team.

Leigh, I love how you are synthesizing comments on the top. It really helps new users learn about the latest updates.

Excited to read the user scenarios. In general, I am a huge fan of pop ups and mobile learning centers. I worked for a while in Uruguay, teaching video to street youth, using a bus to reach out to them . Since they were mobile, we were mobile.

Keep up the great work,

Tip:
As we get closer to the Refinement phase it might be good to think of ways to experiment with this idea and young people. Is there a version of the pop up bus that you guys could do. I read that Pri is taking a toolkit to India, when is this happening?
Cheers,

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Hi Luisa, Thanks from #TeamPopUpBus! :)

Your Uruguay experience sounds pretty amazing. You were teaching video skills to youth? We'd love to hear any best practice tips and insights you garnered while on that journey.

In terms of lightweight prototyping (over the next few days prior to Refinement) our goal is to build a rough draft of the following framework:
-- a framework of interview questions Facilitators and Pathfinders would ask within a community to gauge what training to provide to youth (in terms of soft and hard skills) and what local opportunities are available
-- these questions would be supplemented with data points gathered about the community like percentage of youth employed in different sectors, etc.
-- a mentoring approach guided by Khin's KoKreation structure (visualizing the possibilities of what one can become guided by mentors, with skill-sharing between youth)
-- working + learning activities: some combination of 1) microwork (in developing countries) for the building of 21st century tech skills, 2) physically building something combined with learning some sales, marketing and business skills (as Dan suggested), 3) soft skills (if needed). Note: depending on the community, additional lessons would be geared to the community needs...
-- and we're trying brainstorming how to bring youth into the mix

Once we have a basic framework, then it can be taken to any community and used as a guide by Facilitators, Pathfinders and Mentors. For ex, when Pri heads to India sometime between November and January, she can test this framework out...

Wekesa has done an admirable job of conducting quite a bit of research in his community. We may use that as an example for approach...

Definitely a big goal to reach in next few days! Wekesa, Khin, Dan and I are bouncing around ideas via email. Am reaching out to other team members to see who wants to join in our offline convo. Most of us have full time jobs we're balancing with this. We're all excited about this project, are enjoying learning from one another, and are accomplishing as much as we can prior to Refinement stage.

Will be sure to share any additional insights we have directly in the post so OpenIDEO'ers can draw ideas/inspirations from it.

All best!
Leigh

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Leigh,
On example 4: If you can also add Big city, in developing country, I will share with you the project we have done, it is sponsored by UN Habitat Youth Fund, we implemented a project for single mothers in one of the biggest slum areas in Uganda, and then another we did for young male out-of-school youth. Interestingly, the one for male youth has produced extremely great results with 75% of them starting businesses that are sustainable in their communities. See both links here: http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/653037-u-s-tells-ugandan-youth-to-cause-positive-change.html
http://www.thecommunityagenda.com/index.php/youth-a-woman-voices/188-new-project-to-empower-women-in-ugandan-slums
http://observer.ug/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=29447:centre-throws-deprived-muslim-youths-lifeline&catid=85:education&Itemid=106
http://www.newvision.co.ug/news/649649-gov-t-starts-youth-livelihood-program.html

On both projects, I can share the curriculum and operations manuals and the whole model.

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Hi Rehmah,

That would be sincerely appreciated! And wow, impressive results!

I added a #3 (Big city, developing country) just for you in the post.

Reading the links you provided now...
Thank you!

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Hi Rehmah,
Just found and followed you on Twitter. If you follow @DesignLeigh, me :-) , I'd be happy to send you my contact info. Wekesa, Daniel, Khin and I are having various offline conversations to share ideas. Would love to add you to those conversations.

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Truck-A-Tecture: 4 Designers Reimagine Mobile ArchitectureThe trailer gets a modern remake for a more nomadic, sustainable age.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3033922/truck-a-tecture-4-designers-reimagine-mobile-architecture

Let's talk to this guys .....and fuse it with some matatu Culture.... Graffiti...Music... Barber shop culture...

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Wekesa, Lol!! These are amazing. Love 'em!

Pulled a quote from the article: "Open up the trailer and push a button, and the shelter inflates into a room large enough to host a party." No assembly required?! (for the Pneumad model at least)...

If we can get our hands on one of these, the first one will go to you & western Kenya. ;) Hmmm...wonder if any of these are cheaper than outfitting a bus...

Pop Up Hubs are starting to get pretty innovative!

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Leigh, your business model draft is really comprehensive. Great thinking! for the partnerships, multinational companies with strong youth emplyment programmes eg Mcdonalds, Starbucks might be interested to sponsor buses globally and locally. This should be able to fit with their coroporate social responsiblity agenda.

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Khin, Great ideas. I'll add this to the business model Word doc.

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Friendly tip: upload it as a PDF so folks can view it right from your idea without having to download and activate Word. (Looking forward to checking it out then :^) Also means you can create a link from the PDF and add that directly to your post description.

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Meena, Will do! Excellent tip.

And we now have a new, incredibly well thought out business model, that focuses on microwork, from Daniel to add to the mix. Daniel brings an MBA, and many other professional talents, to the team.

Compiling all of it and will re-post as a pdf...

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Way to go with the collaborative business modelling, guys! I'm so amped about this because when we first started OpenIDEO, we came up with this piece of copy to describe it: "It's an online platform for creative thinkers: the veteran designer and the new guy who just signed on, the critic and the MBA, the active participant and the curious lurker." – and you're exemplifying our hopes and dreams for the kinds of collaboration we envisioned. Now keep at it and focus on making this a social impactful reality!

Sounds like you're ready to start thinking about lightweight experiments + prototyping? Time to transform thinking & visualising into doing, testing, learning, iterating (with some potential end users in the picture)? An exciting journey ahead...

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Meena,
I like the "Confidence without Attitude" here. The attitude totally changes when we start working together. It is a work practice by itself.

Secondly, a place to experiment, learn, relearn and unlearn. I always wish to work with IDEO and the closest I can get in at OpenIdeo, in a great way so that one can capture ideas and share them instead of keeping them for themselves.

Thanks OpenIdeo and the makers.

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Hey,
Before I forget, remember to check out COCA COLA's campaign 5by20. This is a campaign to employ 5 million women by 2020 all over the world. This is a major source of funding and yes, alot of focus is on youth. I have already submitted a proposal to Coca Cola Africa, see how we can use another country to submit. This may become the major sponsor of the whole project, remember fun fun fun while learning and empowering nations. http://www.coca-colacompany.com/stories/5by20

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Meena, Love the quote :) It must be extremely rewarding to see the OI team's vision come to fruition in ways that have such meaningful impact and spark such global good.

And, thanks from #TeamPopUpBus! We've got quite the dynamite global team who are sharing a wealth of skill sets. It allows us to visualize the project from a variety of angles/perspectives.

Wekesa is already making incredible leaps & strides in his community to start lightweight prototyping. Rehmah and Alex have admirable mentoring products in play. Khin's remarkable youth mentoring model is inspiring the Pop Up Bus approach. Pri will be helping us gather invaluable, real-time field data in India. Daniel's business mind is helping keep us on track, and he has the awesome Delfee product in works. And our bright youth team members -- Molly, Gavin and Sarah -- would love to hear more from you guys!

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Awesome share Rehmah! I'll fold that into our business document that outlines potential funding and partners. Coca-Cola has an extraordinarily creative, fun, and sustainable brand and mission. I would love for us to take a ride on a Coca-Cola Pop Up Bus :)

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Leigh, it’s good to see that you’ve carried forward your research from the Millennia Trains Project! I can definitely see how these mobile workshops can bring about new opportunities to communities in developing regions. Providing rural areas with internet connection and access to technological resources on a regular basis can do a lot by itself. The idea of having onboard facilitators and community pathfinders build a support network for the community is a great one! This is a great way of looking at how Pop Up buses can create more permanent impact overtime as young people take their new skills and apply it back to the community.

I also wonder how this idea can bring remote areas closer together. As the bus travels from one community to another, would it start to cross-pollinate employment opportunities? Or would it enable smaller communities to start working together and help its young people build their careers? Looking forward to where this will go!

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Love the opportunity to help remove regions collaborate, Shane!

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Hi Shane,

Thanks! You hit the nail on the head re developing countries. Facilitators on board the bus stay connected with each community they pop up in (with local Community Pathfinders, local Mentors, and companies). That network would broaden along a Pop Up Bus route. This pathway/employment information would be shared amongst communities. And, the bus could even provide transportation between communities for youth.

At a global scale, Facilitators share existing employment information from around the world as they gather the data amongst themselves, and then share that data with youth along the Pop Up Bus routes.

Added you to the team! ;)
Leigh

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Leigh, I really like the idea and to Shane's point, beyond all the great value the pop us can bring within communities, I think it'd be nice to see how to leverage the network - within regions, countries, continents - as well as across.
I can imagine some of the facilitators participating to different routes or even some of the local community pathfinders having the opportunity to go and visit another community (within their country or abroad), or maybe even becoming facilitators.

The way your idea evolves and includes so many collaborators is a great illustration of such a possibility.

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Thank you Anne-Laure! You had such a lovely summary of the Pop Up Bus network that I added your quote to the post.

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I also just remembered about a British Council project from years ago where a couple of guys travelled around de-populated towns in Europe and held workshops for kids who made videos (in English to hook it into the British Council mission) about their local identity. Their video would be screened at the launch of the next town's workshop – partly to inspire, partly to highlight the divergence and convergence of the identities of the two places. Perhaps video could be used in some similar way in your proposal – to highlight what's come out of pop-up sessions in one place and share them with another?

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Leigh, glad the summary made sense. Thanks for quoting it.
Meena, this is a great project and very nice way to share the different experiences.

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Meena, Love it! I will fold that in. The sharing of journeys can spark such great inspiration -- from hardships, to milestones, to accomplishments. When one sees that someone else has a similar struggle to their own, it can make that struggle more approachable and doable. And it can sometimes transcend any cultural barriers or differences.

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Meena, Added it in under "Pop Up Bus Experience." Solid, fabulous idea!

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Leigh, I'm loving how you've been refining this concept with community feedback every step along the way! On a side note, I recently came across the Lava Mae project and it reminded me of your idea. The Lava Maes use retired retrofitted buses to provide mobile showers for the homeless. It doesn't cater to youth employment but I was impressed by how much support this project has gained from the local community. It definitely goes to show how such an initiative to make needs widely accessible can be launched in the real world. i.e. the buses have been donated by the city, the design of the buses have been donated pro bono, and it raised a great deal of funding from Indigogo campaigns.

Check out the great video as well!: http://www.lavamae.org/#!lavamae-about-us/c20r9

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Dear Leigh,
This is such an incredible idea I can see work anywhere in the world. And I like the idea of bus or boat. My organization CEDA International www.ceda-uganda.org works with youth both in and out of school. We have a group of 24 trained mentors and 40 role models that volunteer to mentor young people. It will be great to explore ways of collaborating in Uganda and other East African countries. One question though, do you see this idea evolve into a social enterprise, perhaps with entrepreneurs paying for franchise licenses in different countries. I am thinking aloud about sustainability.

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Hi Rehmah,
Thank you for your feedback. Absolutely, let's collaborate! Welcome to the Pop Up Bus team.

Excited to have another strong youth mentor on the team! Am currently reading through CEDA's website to familiarize myself with your mentoring approach.

Khin Tye, another Pop Up Bus Team member, also has a youth mentoring background. Khin's "KoKreation" idea, in-person mentoring, aligns well with Pop Up Bus. My bet is that both you and Khin would have some pretty awesome conversations around mentoring. :)
Khin's idea:
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/co-creating-our-future

Would love your ideas around both mentoring and sustainable business model(s) for Pop Up Bus. I attached a rough business model brainstorm to this post (a Word document). Please feel free to add your ideas around entrepreneurship and franchise licenses to this.

Wekesa, our team member from Kenya, has been sharing a wealth of helpful information, including this article which mentions cross-subsidy as a way to sustain Pop Up Hubs within Africa:
http://blog.appfrica.com/2014/08/13/what-tech-hubs-are-getting-wrong-in-africa-and-how-to-fix-it/

With cross-subsidy in mind, one idea is to host VIP speaker events on buses as a way to charge somewhat steep entry fees. The fees go directly toward funding bus, boat and hub maintenance. I think this would work in developed countries. My goal is to keep Pop Up Bus free of charge to youth.

Please do share any thoughts and suggestions you have.
Looking forward to our cross-collaboration!
Leigh

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Dear Leigh,
Yes I will be sharing about ideas to sustain the pop up bus as a business. When thinking about ciriculum, consider experiantial learning to keep participants interested. In marketing we do road shows where a bus/truck goes into communities and people gather, they set up a stage and interact with audience for 3-4 hours and move to another community. Because of the fun and learning (edu-tainment), by the time the bus arrives people have already gathered waiting. So by all means incoporate music, drama, role plays, videos and audios. You may also think about corporate companies to brand it and use it as a marketing tool, that wayvthe bus gets revenue up-front but thevpeople study. In breaks you play their adverts.

Just a quick one, look at this funding opportunity: http://www.iie.org/Programs/WeTech/Seed-Fund-Application,

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Hi Rehmah,
I absolutely love your experiential learning, "edu-tainment," suggestion! Will incorporate that into the above post.

The rough business model document (in attachments section of post) included branding of bus. The exteriors and interiors of a bus could be branded in some pretty fun, colorful ways that also add to the edu-tainment value.

There could be a CEDA Pop Up Bus, or an IDEO Pop Up Bus... A TOMS Pop Up Bus with free shoes on board... A Starbucks Pop Up Bus with fresh coffee on board...

Running adverts is an excellent idea. For example, if Daniel's Delfee became an onboard Pop Up Bus tool, adverts could be inserted there. Computer screensavers could showcase ads. I'll add this to the business model doc.

Here's Dan's Delfee:
https://openideo.com/challenge/youth-employment-pathways/ideas/delfee-the-online-one-stop-shop-for-youth-employment-support-initiatives

Taking a look at the link you provided.
Thank you!

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Hi Rehmah,

Just added your experiential learning idea to the post in the section:
"The Pop Up Bus Experience = "Edu-tainment"

And, I folded in the advertising component to the rough business model. Will re-post the model tonight.

Fantastic shares!

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Hello Leigh, I like the idea of using mobility and larger areas for job seekers. How would you connect a boy from one part of the country to a company from another part, you have visited two weeks ago, and who are searching for workers? How could you transfer such an idea to more industrialized states? Which technologies are you using to organize such an ambition? Thanks,

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Hi Stephan, Thanks for reaching out.

As the Pop Up Bus network grows globally, more and more community based employment data would be collected by Facilitators and Community Pathfinders possibly via a combination of form-based data collection software and mobile tech.

Check out this example of form based data collection (Open Data Kit) and its potential:
http://youtu.be/HqqUdfz9Uyc

Pop Up Bus Facilitators and Community Pathfinders (local youth) tap into that global+regional+local database/network to access real-time data, to run queries based on employment needs represented in each community, and to create matches between employers and youth.

Community Pathfinders would update local “community boards,” located in the pop up hubs, with incoming employment opportunities. Youth could consult their local Pathfinders (and Mentors) regarding local and global opportunities.

A Pop Up Bus Facilitator who visited Illinois two weeks ago, and who is now in San Fran, could reach back out to Community Pathfinders based in Illinois. Information would be conveyed from the Facilitator to the Community Pathfinders about the job ops in San Fran that match community youth profiles in Illinois. If the data connected is granular enough (in terms of creating individual youth profiles), then the Facilitator could search the database and contact the young man directly.

A Pop Up Bus would be equipped with technologies specifically needed within the communities along that Pop Up Bus' route.

All the best,
Leigh

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Leigh, I absolutely love this idea. Your description was one that made me jump in my seat with more thoughts and reminders. A few things that came to mind to check out:

1. Global Brigades-Business https://www.globalbrigades.org/
(this is the largest student led organization in the nation and I actually founded a chapter on my campus as an undergrad). It focuses on going into intiginous or underdevelopment communities (currently mainly in Panama, Honduras, Ghana) and doing a 8 day brigade of workshops for the locals. Global Brigades identifies a need in advance, and the students spend months preparing the workshops, fundraising for a strategic investment fund that they leave behind for the community ect. It helps the students learn more about business models and education, while the community members truly get an opportunity for change. Example: We went to Kuna Yala (off of panama) and spent a week holding workshops to assist a group of men who wanted to start a tourism business. We provided an accounting, marketing, leadership, sustainability workshops- helped them understand their strengths and weaknesses through SWOT analysis and used let them decide the best way to use their strategic investment fund (they chose to create marketing collateral, build a doc for boats to park at, and buy snorkling gear for the tourists). Choosing where/how to allocate the fund reminded me of the value of your "Leave Behinds"- providing some sustainability.

2. Community Enterprise Solutions. http://www.cesolutions.org/
The founder of this company is an Ashoka Globalizer- Greg Van Kirk and fortunate enough to call a friend. He once said to me the goal of the company is to eventually run ourselves out of business- at that point we have done something sustainable. CES uses the Micro-Consignment Model and has two social -layers: They Empower locals to become entrepreneurs and go into rural communities to provide better access to certain health-related goods (eye care, water filtration, solar lamps ect.) So the entrepreneurs are now employed with a sustainable job (the more they put in, the more they get out) while these rural communities are gaining access to goods they otherwise would not get. These goods are also key in allowing the unemployed to re-enter the work force (eye-care can assist women to begin weaving again, for example).

Both of these have a "pop-up" feel that have found ways to become pretty sustainable- I recommend looking into the models.

- I love the idea of Resume workshops. It's amazing how much tweaking a resume, and learning how to better position yourself can lead to employment. I always say we need to get past an environment where its solely the people you know, or the paper you show that gets your the job.
-One Young World http://www.oneyoungworld.com/
Your pop-ups could have an annual conference where all those who participated can be sponsored and come together to share success stories or best practices. This also leads me to share that I think it will be important to bring along past participants to your next pop-up. Allow them to take ownership in the process, and educate others. This will add more community and a better sense of success for both sides of the learning experience.
-More ideas to come!

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Hi Molly, Am taking a spin through your above links. Excellent stories and contributions!

Just now beginning the process of sifting through business model ideas in depth. As well as starting to draft various community scenarios that a Pop Up Bus may confront along a journey, and how the bus then implements plans to enable those communities to move forward.

Would love to hear more of your in-the-field stories. What worked, and what did not... As well as any related research you come across or ideas you have.

Welcome to the team!
Leigh

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Leigh,
Happy to be a part of the team! I will take some time to do a bit more of a breakdown around the models - one thing I did want to add while I was thinking of it is the key to having participants really take ownership in the process. The workshops that did not go as well were those where we did not have enough interaction and engagement. Similar to any learning environment, the more hands-on, the better-Have the students or participants teach it back.

Additionally your concept around mentors is powerful. I think a huge challenge in some of the experiences above was keeping the momentum after the "pop-up" experience was complete (the brigade, or training of local entrepreneurs). Considering how to take the knowledge and skills that are gained during a pop-up session and keep them alive and useful after-wards will be important.

Finally, as I read through this even more- it is reminding me of David Kelleys creative confidence. What youth need to better understand and then implement, is their creative confidence and their confidence in their ability to succeed. Developing workshops and courses in the pop-ups designed around instilling creative confidence can be powerful.

Molly

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Molly,

All excellent points to call out, esp this one: "It's key to having participants really take ownership in the process." I agree. Similar, successful in-the-field projects certainly indicate that local buy-in amongst community members is essential in sustaining the project. And, contact points have to be kept alive between communities and the Pop Up Bus, otherwise momentum/progress may fizz out in communities.

The training of local mentors within a framework is something I'll add to the above post.

Youth are also more likely to adopt technology with enthusiasm. And eager to share that knowledge. Youth are powerful change-instigators. This is definitely something Pop Up Bus will encourage in communities whose cultures accept that approach.

Looking forward to what you come up with!
Leigh

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Hi Molly,

Thought this would interest you as an ex-Googler. Google partnered with Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Workers Program. An excellent read:

https://www.google.com/earth/outreach/stories/grameen.html

Were you familiar with this initiative as a Googler? :)

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This is thoughtful, Leigh.. Am excited to this concept in real life community how it will work and communities reactions to it..

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Hi Wekesa, Thanks! It's great to see you here! How would you like to be part of the team?

Am gathering a variety of perspectives among team members around the globe. Would love your inputs & insights around this idea.

All the best,
Leigh

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Hey Leigh, I appreciate your invitation to be part of this idea team, add me up and let's work on this :) ...

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Wekesa, You are officially part of the Pop Up Bus Team! Welcome. :) Feel free to add any brainstorms you have. And I'll send a few questions your way in the next couple of days...
All best!
Leigh

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Have you been able to explore what impact the bus can have in a (probably) brief time it is in a given community and how it would follow up? Does the bus return after a number of months? What does the community require when the bus leaves? Is it enough to give them a space or could that just fall apart?

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Hi Neysan, Great points. Feedback below:

As the project takes root and launches off the ground, one pre-set schedule for a bus time frame within a community won’t apply to all communities. Simply because each community’s needs are different, and, as various human aid organizations have noted, more data around these needs has to be gathered and analyzed. This data gathering is one of the invaluable services provided by the Pop Up Bus network.

The Pop Up Bus isn’t a one-time-event in a community. Rather the route is a continuous loop amongst communities, assessing real-time community needs and merging those needs with global tech, social, and professional developments/trends. This continuous loop also keeps professional (and aid-based) networks the bus forms relevant. The bus will share these networks directly with the communities within which they are working.

The bus arrives in a community and establishes the foundation for aid while gathering critical data which is shared with project partners, departs from that community while staying in contact with that community to gauge and assist from afar, and arrives back in that community to provide more on-the-ground support. Ie, the community will have constant connection to support.

After gathering data and assessing how well each community is performing, there will be case-by-case situations where a project isn’t working as well in certain communities and very well in other communities. That data has to be analyzed, points of commonality established between communities, and pain points addressed. Once communities along a specific route start flourishing, then the bus’ schedule can become more fixed (or the bus may not even be needed at all if the community sustains itself). Communities may even be able to help each other.

As a starting point, I think a small set of specific communities have to be targeted to work within. Once the groundwork is implemented and works, the bus can start forming routes.

Am starting to work on potential business models. Business model ideas will help clarify strategy options. Any suggestions &/or ideas you have are welcomed.

Cheers!
Leigh

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Congrats on this post being today's Featured Contribution!

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Thanks OpenIDEO! :)

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Looks great. The amount of thinking and inspiration and design here is incredible. It reminds me of the Spark Truck, a Stanford d. School project, except it's focused more on directly impacting the community. http://sparktruck.org/
So much good thinking, there is huge potential impact for developing countries. I think the community pathfinder part is really important. It would take a lot of work to organize that, but it would be crucial. Those people would change the thinking from "we're here to give you all the answers and get you back on track" to "let's work together to create more opportunities".
It would take lots of work, but there are so many possibilities.

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Hi Gavin, Great SparkTruck connection! Am digging your quotes.

Yep, it would take some work. But, that's the fun of it right? :) Grameen Foundation's Community Knowledge Workers Program stats show how this type of model, done right, can ripple out into the community and create profoundly awesome results even in poor communities.
http://www.grameenfoundation.org/what-we-do/agriculture/community-knowledge-worker

Would you like to be part of the Pop Up Bus brainstorm team?
Cheers!
Leigh

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Yeah, the community knowledge worker program is really interesting. Definitely a great use of technology.
I sure would like to be part of the team. Thanks!

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Gavin, Just added you to the team. Welcome aboard!

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Hi Gavin,

Starting to brainstorm around this idea some more. And thinking it could get pretty interesting if Pop Up Bus team members test pilot (in simple models) roles of Facilitator, Pathfinder, Mentor, etc, based on where they are in their "career trajectory." That way different personas, perspectives, and stories can be built out as samples.

With the idea you proposed here on OpenIDEO, you're playing the awesome role of Community Pathfinder within your school, helping pinpoint types of skills and information you think your classmates will benefit from.

Let me noodle this around some more and create a framework for it...

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Leigh I'm so inspired by your use of visuals! Thank you for taking the time to bring your ideas to life with such energy – it goes a long to way to helping the community understand your mission and direction. I +1 Meena's suggestion to see how you might support the community with your rockin skillset: whether you have the bandwidth to lend a hand with a visual or two, or whether you might simply suggest a moment when an added visual can clarify an idea, please feel free to speak up on other ideas from the perspective of how visuals add extra goodness and clarity. Keep up the great work!