About the Global Conversations Project
Finding truly human-centered solutions to our Amplify challenges means understanding the needs, desires and day-to-day constraints of low-income communities around the globe.
In an effort to include those voices in each new Amplify challenge, we launched the Global Conversations project. Leveraging context-appropriate technology—like simple mobile phones, community radio, and in-person meetups, we’re able to extend the reach of Amplify to communities without reliable access to the internet or widespread literacy.
In our first Amplify challenge, we held our first Global Conversations experiment in India during the Ideas phase of the challenge. For the Zero to Five challenge, we built upon what we learned, launching two live prototypes in India and Tanzania to engage parents and community members during the Research phase. Here's how it worked:
The Zero to Five challenge is introduced on TV and radio programs in Tanzania and India.
People call into IVR lines and are asked to share with a story from their lives.
Shared stories are translated and uploaded to the OpenIDEO website.
OpenIDEO contributors read these stories and comment on them.
Comments from OpenIDEO users are translated into Swahili or Hindi and recorded.
Callers in Tanzania and India get texts alerting them to comments on their story and can call in to listen.
We received 5,117 stories from individuals across India and Tanzania, many of which were posted to the Research phase of the challenge. Check out some of the stories added to the Research phase from individuals in Bihar and Jharkhand in India and from across Tanzania.
What barriers do parents around the world face that inhibit their ability to support childrens's physical, cognitive and social development?
What does expert research tell us about the support children need to thrive from conception to age five?
Who and what are the major influencers for parents and children in low-income communities?
What are the most innovative and impactful initiatives that are currently helping to address children's needs in communities around the world?
What character traits can be cultivated early on that will enable children to maximize oppotunities and overcome obstacles as they enter adulthood?
What can we learn from analogous contexts-other programs, services, campaigns and caregiving relationships-that will expand our thinking for this challenge?