OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more
I am passionate about:
figuring out how to make poverty a thing of the past and sharing stories.
A little known fact about me is:
When eating a solid chunk of food (like a sandwich, slice of pizza, a cookie,etc.) I almost always take small bites all the way around the perimeter, continuing until it's gone. I've also been in a burlesque show - eek!
Show my name on the attendees list for events I am attending:
M.A. Candidate in International Policy & Development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey; Writer and Storyteller; Outdoor Enthusiast/Mountain Sport Aficionada; Daughter and Big Sister
This sounds like an awesome idea and something I would definitely "buy in" to - I can relate to the post-group meal generosity. My question for the team is how do you ensure that you're capturing "those who need it the most"? How is your team defining this category of people?
I'm sure you've considered this, but it's not immediately obvious to me in your explanation. Is it a reasonable assumption that most individuals who might benefit from financial empowerment own and frequently use a credit or debit card? In what ways do they interact as a community that could mimic the group dining experience?
As an athlete, I think this idea is really interesting. It is difficult to admit financial trouble, and when it happens to major athletes, they often live the experience in the limelight. If a pro athlete were to share his/her story, it could generate a powerful degree of empathy from the audience, and that could potentially be mobilizing.
I think you asked a great question: "Do you think professional athletes as advocates for financial education actually have the ability to mobilize those who need it the most? Why or why not?" Several questions popped into my head, and I would love to leave them here as food for thought:
1. Would the pro athletes speak to entire assemblies of high school students, or just students who participate in sports? Not all high school students are interested in sports - some vehemently despise pro athletes, and it could have the opposite intended reaction.
2. I'm always interested in gender dynamics. How would you ensure that the male and female members of a high school audience would be reached? My assumption - albeit an unfounded one - is that the majority of these potential speakers are men. Sometimes, it can be better if adolescent girls hear from women.
3. Do the athletes necessarily need to have undergone a financial crisis? Is that a necessary component of the model? I understand why it makes sense, but if it's not necessary, that significantly opens up the pool of potential speakers.
4. What's the link between listening to a professional athlete (either once or through a series of workshops) and becoming financially empowered? A change in knowledge is not necessarily a change in behavior. Basically, what's the theory of change?
5. Not everyone in one high school community is on the same page financially, socio-economically, etc. How would you go about selecting an appropriate audience that might have a shared experience? Is this something that could be catered to pre-selected groups within high school communities, working with principals/teachers/PTAs/etc.?
Again, this is very interesting and I would love to hear your responses. Keep wrestling with it!