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Haiyan Zhang
Design Lead, OpenIDEO and guest blogger at The Work Foundation
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Tackling the challenge of youth employability on OpenIDEO

Authors: Haiyan Zhang Haiyan Zhang, Design Lead, OpenIDEO

19 June 2012

Seventy-five million young people are unemployed globally and in the UK alone over one million 16 to 24 year-olds are looking for work.  In order to explore this problem and begin to develop solutions to tackle it, Barclays and The Work Foundation supported a challenge on is an open innovation platform with over 33,000 users from over 160 countries who are dedicated to solving challenges for social good. The platform leverages IDEO’s innovation process to guide the community to collaborate to create solutions for the big challenges affecting our World. In the two years since launch OpenIDEO has tackled 13 challenges ranging from teaching kids about food nutrition with Jamie Oliver, to improving maternal health in low-income countries with Oxfam.

Here’s a quick video introduction to OpenIDEO and how it all works…

Three weeks ago we launched our challenge supported by Barclays and The Work Foundation, entitled “How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?”

Having discussed this important topic with them in depth, we were excited by The Work Foundation and Barclays’ commitment to foster real positive impact in this space. Will Hutton and the CEO of Barclays, Antony Jenkins, outline this commitment in this video .

The engagement during the initial three week Inspiration phase has been wonderful, we have seen 353 inspirations submitted and over 600 conversations started.

Currently the challenge is in the Concepting phase, where for the next 4 weeks we will ask our whole community to log on and submit their ideas. These could be new services, platforms, products or government initiatives to help young people transition from education to the work place.

We’re expecting lots of interesting, new ideas and we’re hoping you’ll join in and participate. You could contribute an idea, comment on the ideas being posted or simply ‘applaud’ a concept that you think has the potential to make a real difference.

As we undertake this journey together with The Work Foundation and Barclays, we’re excited to see the impact this challenge will create.


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