The #Solvey Decision


Soooo….. this is the the hardest professional choice I have ever made!

But Firstly I want to say THANK YOU to every single one of you that watched, commented, shared, and encouraged the 85 brave leaders to put their ideas out into the world for us all to see and be inspired by, I want to see every single one of these ideas gain momentum and grow and I will do all I can if you do what you can.

Once again Thank YOU!

It is not just difficult for the potential of idea we highlight and the lives that idea could change, but the reason WHY we choose the the project to back creates a lot of definition to the whole future of the #Solvey idea.

After doing the the 10 skype interviews with Louis over the weekend, I am sitting here with all 10 videos open again looking a-fresh to decide which team to back this time.

Screenshot 2015-07-05 15.17.30It seems there are a few questions I am letting govern my decision

Do I think they will run with this opportunity or will we carry them? 

 Is their solution tangible for people to feel the problem solved vibes?

Can we gain momentum quickly at an achievable cost? 

Is now the right timing for them? 

Is now the right time to scale their idea? 

Also because #Solvey has grown so much I am going to be opening givey.com up to be able to support all of the projects who boldly submitted their ideas so that everyone can gain momentum in trying to solve the issues they care about which is incredibly exciting for me that I will continue to be able to work with all who take the next step!!!

It also means that the project we choose we hope will see their responsibility not just to their cause but also as an ambassador on behalf of the 80,000 viewers of the #Solvey Project and 80 creators who were not highlighted this year.

(On a side note, whilst there was no limit to the video length for application the shortest of the 10 was 1m18 and longest 6m32 and the average was 3m 53 – under 4 mins)

So I think I am going to go through each one and write notes based on the above frames

One to Three : https://youtu.be/2trqbifx_ss– Amazing people Andrew and Emily with amazing passion. There are clear actions for them to take the next steps with little cost in order to make their ideas real! I am excited to see what they do – I think it’s probably too early to boost them.

Stoke Collective : https://youtu.be/nKkPeS8yias Great guy Lane, lovely solution to both debt education and housing issues. The other thing I love is that rich girls and formerly homeless people would be living in the same accommodation which has a very unifying effect. At $20,000 per unit and wanting to help at least a few people, we would need $60,000 to be able to support this and I would feel more comfortable at this stage funding a more bite size journey. My gut says they are ready but #Solvey is not this year.

Solvey Energy Solared : https://youtu.be/lcFOaAjfV_o Smart dude, Matt seems to have a good crew, not sold on his UK focus as I think there are other places that need the attention but he seems open to evolving the idea. Well researched, good team around him. Could have multiple use cases. Seems kinda expensive but doable at around $7,000 per unit. Not that confident presenter yet but polish can be added, I think he has substance. I am not 100% sure his solution is the best for the problem but I like his working out and think he will listen to new evidence.

Turfed Roofs : http://str.ie/fm5w7g3ve8 I love Callum’s quirky energy and out of the building thinking – Literally. In a good position personally but the idea has so many unknown quantities, as he says ‘it was a brainwave’ he had a couple of weeks ago. I love the idea of using un utilised spaces and making them work for us but there are many unanswered questions, health and safety, can roofs take the weight of earth? How much would it cost? I think the idea needs to checked, costed and prototyped and then I can’t wait to see where it goes. I am especially excited for it as an above ground network of urban bee sanctuaries.

Kid Warrior : https://vimeo.com/125505125 Xiuhtezcatl is a total rock star! Literally – I am told Rolling Stone are featuring him this month and he just slapped up the UN and got upworthied as a reward. @earthguardianz is cool and he is inspiring his peers and old people like me. My guess is he is already on his way and if anything Louis and I would benefit from being on his coat tails so probably a bit too late for us to add maximum value. He crushes it on the activism, inspiring side but for us to get involved I would have to see how within his work X$$$ could help do one specific thing to help deliver his revolution.

One Wave : https://vimeo.com/132094333 Grant and Joel are a total hoot and a perfect example of a mutually beneficial brotherly partnership, I nearly sacked off the interviews and bolted straight to Bondi just to sink a few beers with them, you can see why their project is so successful- Beautifully simple and I love that the ‘marketing’ which is happy looking people in great colours in the beautiful beach is NOT just marketing but the ACTUAL product! Beauftiful, scalable concept, much in the way that TED has TEDx I think they should release their model to the world to take something so UGLY and place in the context that is most beautiful to the local culture.  My concern revolves around the tangibility of the problem being solved, not that the work is not incredibly powerful and effective. I would love to support these dudes and I think they should be big on social media

Creative Minds : https://youtu.be/k02_TTrJLLw Alisha blew my mind! I Was actually in tears for a few minutes, the points she makes about creativity are beautifully pure and she embodies the message whole heartedly. She is very early on and has not year delivered and activities to help people and I fear could be too early to scale right now. I will however say she captured my heart and I have committed to helping her realise her dreams of helping people realise ‘In what way they are creative’ regardless of the outcome of this project.

NY > LA Bike Lane : https://youtu.be/zijrpyxv3io  Tristan is a pretty cool dude, travelling the world on his bike, I love his idea because it truly is an idea, a concept that could help reframe how the US thinks about transport and the importance of pedal power. It puts a grin on my face when I think about it and I would love to see the direct economic and environmental effects. I think a lot of bikers could get on board with this as would increase their profile and status in general. Problem is it is potentially more of an activist gig than a creative one, less control, less ability to build momentum, can become tough work. Also he is from Holland and Louis and I are from UK, so more bloody europeans trying to impose their will on other countries is not a story I feel very easy about. I think it is potentially very exciting and touch every aspect of society, I believe it needs a native leader / champion on the team and more research and buy in from biker community needed before the timing is optimal to amplify.

Smart Phones to Wash Hands : https://youtu.be/RfJ7-FLryPQ Rithvik a flipping boy genius! He started doing this when he was 13 in his summer break and has already made it happen and he is only 15.  He currently has his solution killing 70% of bacteria and believes he can get it on parr with anti bacteria wash. I think I believe him, but until he can get it to 99% I don’t think it is ready to amplify. If someone out there wants to get him some funds please speak to me on dave@givey.com and I will help join the dots as I think his path is so exciting and he needs to be encouraged as his work is lonely.

3D Printed Buildings : http://str.ie/ssaqpdunpc What a lovely girl Amanda is. again another totally cool idea, I had not considered thinking so BIG with 3D printing until I met Amanda. Also I didn’t realise the materials can all be recycled which is cool as my initial concerns were around environmental effect. She sent me this link showing the early contract wins. My hunch is I want to see these executed successfully before we nick the technology and put a value giving model around it 🙂

Ok – So I slept on it and got some advice for a few senior people in tech and media…

I think the common theme at this final stage is timing!

Timing is Everything! 

We asked everyone for nothing-other than their ideas, and ideas is what we got and I super glad about this as I think we saw some of the best #solvey ideas for next year, introduced this year, and If they reapply we can see the progress they have made and there will be serious Kudos points for those who go away, work hard and bring their project back next year further along.

Screenshot 2015-07-10 12.46.26

I think ideas that are worth boosting are those that have evolved from a moment of inspiration, through to a plan, and that plan has been tried at least once to see what happened.

There is a point in the life of an idea where it needs to grow and spread or it begins to die. I think that that is the optimum point where #solvey can help cultivate funding and exposure and thinking for the idea to begin to grow exponentially and if the idea is already scaling before we get it then we weren’t needed anyway!!

On this basis I think there are 5 that the timing is not quite right for

One To Three // Smartphones to Wash Hands //  3D Printed Buildings // Turfed Roofs all seem too early and I think Kid Warrior is too Late as he is blowing up already.

This leaves : Solvey Energy // One Wave // Creative Minds // LA -> NY Bike Lane // Stoke Collective who are all currently designing and implementing their plans as we speak.

OK! so, what can we really do for these top 5?

Solvey Energy – needs $8,000 to implement its first demo solution

One Wave – needs Franchise thinking – $4,000 to open a new surf experience

Creative Minds – Coaching, thinking,  $500 to run initial Creativity workshops

LA – NY Bike Lane – Community development, government interaction & Activism

Stoke Collective – $20,000 to fund first Tiny Home for a vulnerable person

AND THE SOLVEY SPOTLIGHT THIS YEAR GOES TO…….

ONE WAVE !!!!! 

Let’s Change The World! from OneWave on Vimeo.

We are so excited about Grant and Joel’s vision, we feel it can spread like wildfire using social media with their powerful and beautiful model. I think we can help build out both the medical and economic argument to help scale this idea.  We also feel that they will be great ambassadors for #solvey community, investing back in to the leaders of tomorrow.

 I cant wait to see the impact over the next few months! 🙂 Louis and I will see one of you in Vidcon in just a couple of weeks!!! And we can scheme from there. mwahahhahha! 🙂

FullSizeRenderLouis and I have struggled and grappled with the tension of making sure we add value and build momentum for the future of Solvey by helping with the right project whilst also making sure we are not just investing in the status quo of the white male dominated empire!

I honestly believe that people like Alisha are already making the future of our world, a 15 year old focused on helping the 5 year olds with authenticity and execution. On Sunday she had nothing more than an idea that creativity is in everything! – By thursday night – LAST NIGHT – 5 days later, she had organised and executed her her first creativity class. By this rate of development it will be insane to see where she is this time next year!

We are committed to making sure Alisha and thousands like her get what she needs to fulfil her potential. Next years Solvey project will look quite different

Thanks so much to everyone who has given so much of their time and attention to #solvey happen. It feels like a dream come true to be able to spend my days working this these people and these projects that matter 🙂

Go to http://solvey.com and stick in your email so we can keep you posted.

I will keep blogging on the #solvey journey with onewave so stay tuned!

THANK YOU

The #Solvey ShortList

The TOP10 #Solvey ShortList

Whoop whoop! The day is here! I slept good and now watching all the 25 videos for those awesome peeps that made the #TOP25 Longlist.

I am gonna spend a couple of minutes looking at my decisions from yesterday so I can go back after and see which kinds of idea were filtered out through the process so we can make sure it is a stronger system next time!

In 85 > 25 process my natural thoughts were along these lines…..

Do they seem open to learn?

Do they understand their problem?

Do I understand their problem?

Is it truly a big causality problem?

Are there obvious steps to build momentum?

Could our help specifically help scale this quickly?

Do they understand the tools of the day?

Can we help them?

Would it be wise to help them now?

Do I intuitively like them?

If the answer was mainly yes then I think I put them in the long list which when I counted it up happened to be 25 projects exactly.

The #Longlist was made up of 14 Guys and 11 Girls, 12 were over 18 years old and 13 were under 18 years old and we had 10 nations represented as follows.

US 10 // UK : 6 // CANADA : 2 // KENYA //  INDIA //  HOLLAND // DENMARK // AUSTRALIA // MEXICO // NZ

And 12 themes of interest were carried through as well.

ENIVRONMENT : 4 //SANITATION & HYGIENE : 3 // CLIMATE CHANGE : 2 //    POVERTY : 2 // MENTAL HEALTH// HOMES: 2 // PLATFORM : 2 //HUNGER // CULTURE // ANIMALS // EDUCATION // HELPING STRANGERS  // YOUTH ASPIRATION

I naturally had 9 applications that were obvious for the #TOP10 but then I went back to see if there was a voice I had missed and found the extra one. Again, a MASSIVE congrats to everyone for getting this far, you are brave, articulate, caring people, putting yourself out there and already affecting your worlds, so thank you for doing what you do! – I hope to meet you one day!

Please remember we have picked the people and ideas that we think have dared most greatly, to reach beyond their circumstance, done some hard work already and that we think we can really help! NOT just the one with the coolest brand or, following or that is most obviously emotionally appealing!

So the #TOP10 are as follows!!!!!

@amandasadler http://str.ie/r0sL77l8 HOMES

@tristanbogaard https://youtu.be/zijrpyxv3io ENVIRONMENT

@Rithvik Mac : https://youtu.be/RfJ7-FLryPQ  SANITATION & HYGIENE

@Alisha Saif https://youtu.be/k02_TTrJLLw CULTURE

@onewaveorg https://vimeo.com/132094333  MENTAL HEALTH 

Let’s Change The World! from OneWave on Vimeo.

@malachimon http://t.co/cp426Et01o ENVIRONMENT

@mtsyrr https://youtu.be/lcFOaAjfV_o  ENVIRONMENT  

@stokecollective youtu.be/nKkPeS8yias HOMES

@earthguardianz https://vimeo.com/125505125 CLIMATE CHANGE

Kid Warrior: The Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Story from BLKFLM on Vimeo.

@acarmount https://youtu.be/2trqbifx_ss AGRICULTURE 

PLEASE EMAIL ME on dave@givey.com with the time you can skype tomorrow between 10am and 7pm PST – Each skype will last 30 minutes and I will be videoing them, just so you know! If you ain’t cool with that then fair enough but this probably ain’t for you right now. Please also send me your twitter and other social media handles! – Cheers

CONGRATULATIONS YOU AMAZING PEOPLE : )

My skype is daveerasmus1 (please don’t try to add me if you are not on the list, I wont be able to get the work done!’ 🙂

My personal Initial Feedback for the 15 #longlist peeps who didn’t makes the TOP10 #shortlist

NOTE : Please email me on dave@givey.com if you want further feedback and I will try my best to help. Also if you don’t want my critique of you remaining public please email me and I will remove it but I felt it would be helpful for others to see and learn from. Thanks 🙂

Emily speaks clearly and confidently, takes practical action, In a way, she is the voice of Solvey I hope this isn’t the last #solvey sees of Emily  :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8y_54dg-mI&feature=youtu.be

First video Sian ever made! unbelievable creative skills and management consultant skills essentially pulling the theories out from what me and Louis are bumbling along doing – I hope sian might make another video for whoever the winner is? https://youtu.be/Mde5XhH30TU

Great example of an actual solution that is actionable but possibly doesn’t create systemic change but very caring which is a beautiful thing :  http://storie.com/katrionaemily/my-idea-for-the-solvey-project-solvey/323398036361469#r:144908476232016032 

Great example of massive thinking,https://youtu.be/DbYOyaXveDg but very theoretical and I would prefer to see you have taken some action. Maybe you shouldn’t maybe should be a writer / thinker? it might be constraining to have to build, it seems with your delivery style you enjoy to converse on these issues maybe you are the next einstein not bill gates? just a thought.

Awesome people https://youtu.be/OgkkqOkriho but we want to help something that creates impact directly rather than another platform, I would work hard on drawing up what the tech will actually look like, who is going to build it and how much you think it will cost to get a Minimum viable product out (MVP) I also recommend you read this before building any tech http://web.stanford.edu/group/e145/cgi-bin/winter/drupal/upload/handouts/Four_Steps.pdf

Great idea,  wanting to build pipe to take melting water from caps to ‘save the west’ well meaning but seems a little US centric rather than global focused. If climate is the story,then it seems we must focus on how to turn the taps off by stopping the caps melting.  https://youtu.be/1cy3zV-JRsQ  – I would need to be convinced this is the causal problem in the climate change conversation and currently not enough info! – Fascinating idea though – Congrats.

Great ideas and story telling abilities, bit too long on personal story in my opinion https://youtu.be/4pu5H38OjEw Love the different themes and great video. Would just like to see a bit more focus on ‘so this is what I have done to test it’ i would recommend you prototype the model for real and spend more time showing the craft maker and consumer.

This is great fun https://youtu.be/0pirTsxi3Lo love the simple concept, just not sure on the exact problem it solves or how hard it would be to make it real, there are many questions un addressed so more work needed but I would love to see it work as beautifully simple!  maybe you could build a prototype or find some stats on water wastage / cost of bad teeth to a person and society, tie in bigger cost benefit themes to establish argument

Good project, https://youtu.be/DJJsProy9Wk just needs more work, I know how hard technology is. Also might be worth showing how you have done this offline and then now using technology to help it scale, this would help prove to me that it meets a need! great idea though. Also read steve blanks paper before writing any code http://web.stanford.edu/group/e145/cgi-bin/winter/drupal/upload/handouts/Four_Steps.pdf  – it will save you a lot of time.

I think we can only help project leaders at the moment https://youtu.be/b0R84oTgw08  maybe next year we will have more resources

Katie, a fantastic ambitious idea, I love it http://str.ie/klp9wm0T the idea of incorporating VR into the experience is awesome!  Is there a way you could do a cheap experiment with https://www.google.com/get/cardboard to try and progress the idea along a bit to root it in (virtual) reality a little more? It feels so big at the moment it would be tough to know where to begin.

Amazing young leadership, energy and compassion! Our youngest applicants – So inspired by them https://youtu.be/jyDrNWPQpYs.  The work is inspiring and will change the lives of these young orphans but I don’t feel it would be the best project for us to use our global reach and technology connections as you girls are nailing it! – I would encourage you to measure what is working and talk about how it is working and share that learning with other similar projects if you want to have a wider impact.

Jacob, Interesting idea  – I like sentences that start What if? http://bit.ly/1GGjxL0  But I would like to see you go a step further in learning what would happen if you did do it? – Is anyone already doing it? how many nets are out there in the sea? – Google is your friend – it will help you more than I can right now – Cheers

Toilets4people love the sanitation topic but not totally clear on who the leader is, and at this stage I need to know what you are going to do with the technology and for who and what it will cost? https://youtu.be/24LimUrb4LM maybe next year it could be a great fit!

Beckys idea to nail supermarkets on the wasted food Is a good one https://youtu.be/24LimUrb4LM stuff is happening in france and germany http://www.eater.com/2015/5/26/8663151/its-now-illegal-in-france-for-grocery-stores-to-throw-away-edible-food.  I love your simple articulation of the problem and solution, and your passion, well done on your conciseness, many could learn from you. I feel that it is more of an activism item which could work on change.org or something similar, I think Louis and my skills and network like can more easily focus on supporting creators to make and build the world we want to live in rather than focusing immediately on activism. I hope as you say you stay involved as #solvey progresses and keep us posted as you develop your idea and learn more about what the best action might be.

 General Observations : 

  • Topics like Mental Health and Education are so vast that unless there is some kind of solution being offered I feel like we can’t help
  • I want to work with the actual entrepreneur leading their project so ideas where other people applied were seen less favourably.
  • People that spend too long on their own personal story compared to others made me feel they care about being known more than solving their problem.
  • I have felt like 5 minutes is probably the optimum length with roughly a minute on : Personal Story, Problem, Solution, Progress, Next step.

Due to the amazing response we have had all from our little idea to find a big idea I want to keep everyone in the loop on progress. It is also motivating me to open up givey.com so that we can help people who want to solve big problems but are not necessarily a registered charity globally! 🙂

A LOT is happening so please go to http://solvey.com and give us your email address and can keep you in the loop. We won’t spam you, only mail you when its important and never more than once a week!

So go to http://solvey.com and sign up now! I would love you to be a part of the #solvey network

Forgiveness

I spent 8 hours today watching youtube videos for the #Solvey project,

Amazing stories and ambitions, totally inspiring humans, and now my brain Is fried for the night! I came home and started getting changed to go out and listen to some live music, but started getting into dancing to my iPhone in the mirror, and had way too much fun, It got….prettttty weird.

I watched this guy yesterday on youtube, I don’t agree that ‘it’s important not to give a shit’ But it is vital to only give a shit about what is true and valuable to you and not to give a shit about everything else otherwise you don’t get time to care about what is important. Its called opportunity cost.

This weekend I was trying hard to learn west coast swing,  sitting in the dance club looking in the mirror with my friend Robin I suddenly realised that my shoulders are pretty damn wide, and I thought, ‘well if they are a defining feature of me, I better figure out how to start using them’ so tonight I started shoulder dancing in the mirror. Then it got weirder coz I noticed the reflection bit at the bottom of the mirror and I started eye dancing for a bit, then I got the camera – hahahaha!

I love that this song is called forgiveness, a concept I consider to be heavy,  yet they make the track light and upbeat, it is by made in heights, its awesome!

I guess the thread here between the random guy not giving a shit, my shoulders and forgiveness is that I have given up ‘trying to be someone’ and I am giving myself permission to try to make whatever is natural to me ,even if it doesn’t look like how it was ‘meant’ to.  I guess it a way, forgiving myself for being someone different to who I expected I would be.

If you find yourself in a weird mood, try the face dancing, its kind of fun – hhahaha, Enjoy!

The #Solvey Longlist

8 hours straight of watching youtube videos!

My mind is blown!  You are all total heroes and please keep me posted on twitter with how your project progresses even if you don’t get any further in this process

46 guys and 39 girls applied from 20 countries covering 17 major themes of global problems they care about. 58 leaders were over 18 years old and an incredible 27 were under 18 years old as young as 12.

These are the themes, I grouped applications into the following categories.

10 : Platform // 10: Poverty // 9: Environment // 9: Education // 8 : Other // 7: Culture // 5: Mental Health // 5: Homelessness // 3: Sanitation & Hygiene // 3: Agriculture  // 3: Youth Aspiration // 3: Health Disease // 2: Diversity // 2: Housing // 1: Children in Pain // 1: Hunger  // 1: Helping Strangers // 1: Animals // 1: Refugees

If I could string a sentence together that threads the thoughts together it would be…

To get people to get out of poverty they need education and we can get funding and attention if we use Art. BUT if we don’t sort the environment stuff out then it’s all pointless anyway! 

These are the 20 countries these ideas came from 

US : 28 // UK : 21 // AUSTRALIA : 7 // INDIA : 3 // CANADA : 3 // NZ : 3  // BRAZIL : 2 // MEXICO : 2 //  GERMANY : 2 // UNKNOWN : 2 // INDONESIA : 1 // NORWAY : 1  // ITALY : 1  // LITHUANIA : 1 // SINGAPORE : 1 // KENYA : 1 // HOLLAND : 1 // JAPAN : 1 // DENMARK : 1 // SOUTH AFRICA : 1 // CZECH REP : 1

Just so you know, this says more about where my audience is, which is probably linked to where the internet and western culture is strong rather than linking at all to ‘where good ideas come from’ but we are mainly constrained by my reach on social media which is ok but just worth mentioning IMO. Screenshot 2015-07-03 19.18.48

The Longlist

It has taken so long to get the 85 down to 25 that I feel it would be wise to sleep a bit before I watch the 25 again and cut down to the TOP 10.

If any of these 25 Longlisters are unable to skype between 10am – 7pm Pacific Time (PST) THIS Sunday then please email me on dave@givey.com because we don’t have heaps of time to rearrange so it could cost you your place. I will post the TOP 10 either later tonight (its 8pm now) or tomorrow morning once I am fresh.

So out of 85 applications my long list is down to 25 who on first pass I feel could be a good fit for #Solvey right now. CONGRATULATIONS!! 🙂

I commented on every youtube video but couldn’t comment on the Stories as i was using my laptop but I want to say if you were not in the Longlist this time it DOES NOT MEAN your idea was bad, or you shouldn’t have applied or anything. I think you are all heroes but I have to make a choice on which idea will gain most value this month if we get involved. I am sure there will be next year 🙂 so PLEASE KEEP GOING and do cool stuff for other people! 🙂 I am also going to be announcing some pretty cool things that might help you guys very soon 🙂

HERE IS THE TOP 25 IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER 

Tw : @beccyhere_98  http://str.ie/Uj0yZJ0yPI  HUNGER

Yt : @Rithvik Mac : https://youtu.be/RfJ7-FLryPQ  SANITATION & HYGIENE

Tw : @Alisha Saif https://youtu.be/k02_TTrJLLw CULTURE

Yt @earthguardianz https://vimeo.com/125505125 CLIMATE CHANGE

Tw : @toilets4people https://youtu.be/24LimUrb4LM SANITATION & HYGIENE

 St : @jacob_cartoon http://bit.ly/1GGjxL0  ENVIRONMENT

 Tw : @acarmount https://youtu.be/2trqbifx_ss AGRICULTURE

Tw @living_izzy https://youtu.be/jyDrNWPQpYs POVERTY

Tw : @katiehobbs1 http://str.ie/klp9wm0T ANIMALS

Tw : @shikow https://youtu.be/b0R84oTgw08 EDUCATION

Tw : @tristanbogaard https://youtu.be/zijrpyxv3io ENVIRONMENT

Tw : @mtsyrr https://youtu.be/lcFOaAjfV_o  ENVIRONMENT

Tw : @mrschmidten https://youtu.be/DJJsProy9Wk PLATFORM

Tw : @the_vitality https://youtu.be/Mde5XhH30TU PLATFORM

 Tw: @sshivji https://youtu.be/0pirTsxi3Lo SANITATION & HYGIENE

Tw : @onewaveorg https://vimeo.com/132094333  MENTAL HEALTH

Tw : @vfernando93 https://youtu.be/4pu5H38OjEw EDUCATION

Tw: @heyheycarter https://youtu.be/1cy3zV-JRsQ ENVIRONMENT

Tw : @emily_dav https://youtu.be/F8y_54dg-mI PLATFORM

Tw : @malachimon http://t.co/cp426Et01o ENVIRONMENT

St : @amandasadler http://str.ie/r0sL77l8 HOMES

Tw : @katrionaemily http://str.ie/1lt8kkxhjk POVERTY

Tw : @taylorradick https://youtu.be/OgkkqOkriho PLATFORM

Tw : @stokecollective youtu.be/nKkPeS8yias HOUSING

Em : sgibbins https://youtu.be/DbYOyaXveDg PLATFORM

A Few Observations

I noticed we didn’t get many ‘solutions’, which is probably a good thing as it allowed anyone to submit something they cared about but it means there is more work to be done on a lot of the projects in terms of ‘nailing down exactly what actions they are going to take

I have also noticed myself being biased against well resourced people who are ‘further along on the journey’ as I want to support the ‘quietest voices with the loudest ideas.’ I have also noticed my natural  tendency to move away from non internet natives as we are in such a paradigm shift that despite how smart someone is in their area they need to intuitively know how to harness the power of web tech & content for us to be able to help them properly. I hope that some of the wise olds can use their knowledge to support the new leaders who understand the tools of the day.

Also where applicants major on the idea ‘we can raise awareness through social media’ they begin to lose my attention as they are talking about the power of the internet itself and influencers power NOT specifically their actual idea and how it will manipulate the web towards their agenda.

Wikipedia says https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Problem_solving There are 2 kinds of problems ‘Ill-Defined and Well-Defined.’ Without definition of the problem it is hard to move onto defining the projects and activities required to begin solving the problem.

I have favoured applicants who have been able to articulate how even the smallest or most locally starting idea could end up having a global impact.

Thank you all once again, what an insane journey this last few weeks has been with you, I hope we can all get behind the ideas the progress to the next phase!

The Risk of #Solvey

I thought I would run this whole #solvey process on my blog to ‘show my working rather than produce one surprise result.

Firstly a few notes on what I have noticed. Really young average applicant age, good balance between girls and guys, reasonable global response although western dominates and disproportionately white focused. All applications were in english which again is evidence of our implicit biases and constraints.

I threw out a tweet yesterday saying Screenshot 2015-07-02 09.43.30

I find it interesting to see that I got hit with around 100 ‘favourite’ tweets but all for just four projects out of the 80. Typically ones where young people had already gone out and done something good and possibly already have a fundraising / activist community rallied around them.

To me this is an interesting dilemma as I want to support the quietest voice with the loudest idea, I want to support the person who is daring most greatly! Even if not one person has ever listened to them before. BUT having said that, showing that someone can create momentum around their idea also shows fantastic leadership skills.  Social media can be little more than an echo chamber, amplifying people and ideas who already have a foothold in our society.

This is why I think the ‘winner’ of The Solvey Project shouldn’t be the idea that simply has the most ‘sellable’ idea, the most supporters, the nicest video. or coolest brand.

As Michael Green states in my interview with him, his ‘Biggest critique of philanthropy is it doesn’t take enough risks.

We are easily attracted to the person who has more status, is de-risked, sometimes due to hard work and often linked to opportunity based on where they were born. It is easier to invest in this bigger person if their idea is small and palatable that possibly only challenges one of our assumptions or better still solves an immediate need that we already understand. 

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The most efficient role I see for philanthropy or ‘giving’ in society is as insane risk capital to invest in the least well resourced people with the craziest world changing ideas. Therefore I though Givey and the #solvey project want to find the person with a quiet voice who has the loudest idea and give them the stage.

Risk is called risk for a reason. By taking this approach the person we support may not succeed in the way that we hoped but I believe this to be the most holistically helpful direction we can head in for the Givey community to leverage our small contributions to make the biggest change in society.

The only way I think the Solvey Project will fail is if we choose a safer project with a bigger person or smaller idea because we think we will be more likely to save face. I wrote this recently when speaking to a group in Derry / Londonderry in Northern Ireland….

‘Please do not try things you know you can do, your avoidance of embarrassment does not serve your city, neither does allowing your thinking to be defined by it’

Time to suck on my own words!

I am now looking at the 84 applications through this lens and will announce the TOP10 tomorrow.

Stay tuned, something is happening here!