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Set the tone for a creative learning environment by giving students creative control over their homeroom. Empower students to modify the layout of desks, walls, and cubbies, and give them the freedom to decorate their open space.

Set the tone for a creative learning environment by giving students creative control over their homeroom. Empower students to modify the layout of desks, walls, and cubbies, and give them the freedom to decorate their open space.

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Hey guys, I just saw Saskia's idea as well. I think the main challenge for both of your ideas is how to incentivize youths to work on these problems. College students are more apt to understand the opportunity behind these challenges, but how do we communicate the value to younger kids?

- Competition
- Prize Raffles
- Fun Events
- School Club Participation
- Food

Also, for problems directed towards college students, would they still be free-form brainstorming or more of a structured, consulting project? If the latter, would it be better to partner with a class/curriculum instead?

I really like this idea! This has the potential to solve a large problem with suburbs in the US (there tends to be a lack of community and its almost impossible to get all my neighbors to attend the same party or event).

This will vary from neighborhood to neighborhood, but I think main challenge is personal relationships. From the parents' perspective, I think they would be uncomfortable sending their children to any neighbor who they don't know well personally.Similarly, some children may feel awkward or intimidated to play and work with kids that they don't know personally.

I know there are several micro-social networks that are location-based and specifically focus on neighborhood networking: http://www.nextdoor.com is one example. These seem like the ideal tech-based solution for setting up a local event of this nature since parents can keep track of their neighborhood network.

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Wenjie commented on THE MAGAZINE 2.0 = FLIPBOARD + VICE + GOOD

I'm definitely in favor of promoting a method of sharing the creativity of young people across borders and I think a magazine can definitely work. I'm not sold on the "limited" edition aspect that you proposed though. I don't think people tend to collect or save magazines - its far more likely for someone to read a magazine once and then discard it. As such, I think this magazine would be great for a school setting - if a school could have a copy of this magazine in each homeroom, students could take turns reading this at their leisure.