Skateistan is an organization based in Kabul, Afghanistan, which runs a series of clubs and "safe spaces" programs for girls to teach them skateboarding as a tool for empowerment. Most participating girls come to the Skateistan site five days a week,
A 6-acre farm in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, which was created on open land next to a public housing project. The project has been an inspiring collaboration between different community groups, including several nonprofits and nearby restaurants.
Building on the post advocating for swabbing while waiting at the doctor's office, how about expanding the availability of kits to other everyday waiting places--the doctor's office, the DMV, the grocery store, train commutes, concert ticket booths,
Create a network of local competitions, organized nationally, to register the most marrow donors, and announce local winners at the same time all over the country on local TV stations, perhaps after an event like the Superbowl, which draws huge numbe
Building on several ideas for motorcycle ambulances, how about a fleet of boat ambulances, or boat mobile basic care units? In countries like Bangladesh which are dominated by large rivers and frequent flooding, marine transport is probably often eas
Building on various ideas submitted for robust Community Health Worker programs, how about a simple portable sonogram, which could be plugged into a cell phone to text ultrasound images back to a local doctor's office? This would provide both realtim
The recent book "Nudge" analyzes our human tendencies in decision-making, and one conclusion is that people will usually follow preset defaults (one less decision to worry about). Why not make registering to be a bone marrow donor the default?
The Obama Campaign did it better than almost any other campaign I can recall in the last few years. The team used the myObama system to allow people to create their own profile, connect with other supporters near them, and to reach out to new donors.
There could be a competition where groups compete to sign up the most donors and complete swab testing--the winning group could be presented with a prize at the end of a specific time frame, to incentivize action and make the process fun.
The TOMS Take the Walk campaign challenges people to walk a mile without shoes, to raise awareness and demonstrate individually the everyday problem of millions of people in resource-limited settings, who do not have access to shoes.
Love this, thanks so much for sharing Rosemary! Many of the Global Conversations posts from Tanzania and India have also focused on different aspects of your five pillars. One focuses specifically on the importance of finding fun and engaging ways to reframe learning, and mentions a very popular program in India that Galli Galli Sim Sim (the Indian Sesame Street) has launched. Check it out! https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/new-contribution-1
One other thing that several participants mentioned in their posts was the importance of the role of fathers in raising healthy children. You didn't call this out specifically, but I imagine that it's an issue you deal with at Plan. Here's one of the Global Conversations posts on this topic: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/global-conversations-bring-joy-to-fatherhood-too
Thanks for your post Saranya! These insights are super interesting, and are very in line with some of the comments we heard from the groups posting through our Global Conversations project in rural India and Tanzania.
Here are a few examples: https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/global-conversations-seeking-nutrition-advice https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/global-conversations-early-childhood-parents-education https://openideo.com/challenge/zero-to-five/research/learning-from-grandparents
Perhaps they might be interested to hear some of your feedback and research?