SocialInnov4Change Launches Call for Ideas in Saint LuciaAug 13, 2015
On Wednesday August 12, in celebration of International Youth Day, SocialInnov4Change launched the call for ideas!
The launch took place on the heels of a two-day ideation workshop held at the Piaye Secondary School in Laborie, Saint Lucia. On day one, the team partnered with the Saint Lucia National Youth Council’s Lucian Leadership Summit to assist student council leaders in idea generation with the aim of solving social issues, particularly those surrounding crime and violence. The first session began with workshop introductions and a presentation on local crime statistics by UNDP Barbados and the OECS Project Coordinator, Janine Chase.
An innovative approach was applied with the help of Arts in Action, a University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus based creative arts outreach programme. Arts in Action teamed up with young Saint Lucian actors and musicians to depict scenarios which research suggest, and youth agree, are common on island. These scenes included robbery, drug trafficking, cyber bullying and abuse and led to an overall participatory approach where the students were able to question the actors about the scenarios depicted and even suggest solutions.
Participants were then asked to draw maps of Saint Lucia, indicating their perception of crime and violence in the country. Some participants decided to focus on particular departments/areas, while others created keys for levels of crime and violence (included gender-based violence, presence of gangs, etc.) in all the country. Afterwards, the ideation process began: asking participants to come up with ideas to transform these maps, as visions of a future Saint Lucia.
The following day, the team repeated the presentation on crime and Arts in Action facilitated the creative application, as the participants differed. Day two attendees comprised of youth and youth-workers from all over the island. In the latter part of this session, day one and day two participants met to discuss ideas presented by the first group. In some cases the groups disagreed on ideas and issues but this difference was used to further refine the ideas presented. After, the second group was taken through the process of identifying the visible behaviours which relate to crime and violence, followed by flawed structures and paradigms of thought which maybe leading to these behaviours and finally the source of the thoughts. This activity was key to insuring that the ideas which are generated address the source.
Groups one and two came together to round up the sessions and to celebrate International Youth Day at a Youth Gala and Mixer where younger participants had the opportunity to share and discuss ideas with youth leaders and other invited guests, including Deputy Resident Representative for UNDP Barbados and the OECS, Chisa Mikami. During the Gala, Ms. Mikami officially launched the SocialInnov4Change call for ideas where youth between the ages of sixteen and thirty-five can submit ideas in consideration for an award of US$2,000 for implementation.
Project ideas should be in any of the following categories:
1. The design of innovative campaigns through any media that aims to reduce the use of violence for conflict resolution amongst young men and women.
2. Creating original ways to utilise the creative arts, culture, technology and sports to educate, reinforce positive behaviours and promote violence prevention in communities.
3. Innovative initiatives that target the prevention of gender based, sexual and child violence.
4. Campaigns and projects that foster community relations and prevention of community violence.
5. Promotion of conflict resolution strategies.
SocialInnov4Change Ideation Workshops: 11 & 12 August, 2015
Launch of Call for Ideas: 12 August, 2015
Deadline for submission of ideas: 25 September, 2015
Jury of Experts select 12 best ideas: 5 October, 2015
Announcement of finalists for Innovation Camp: 7 October, 2015
SocialInnov4Change Innovation Camp: 13-15 October, 2015
Six groups awarded grants: 15 October, 2015
Interested youth groups may submit expression of interest forms to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before September 25, 2015. Entrants should note that they may be asked to present their idea to a panel of judges and should make themselves available for media interviews, should they be selected.