Co-creation brings young people and partners together to help promising solutions go to scale. Those that have delivered results are identified, refined and supported to reach more young people. A dynamic global-local partnership provides technical support, linking field work with global expertise. Young people will be engaged in developing the solutions for scale. They will also be part of an annual co-design contest to create new solutions. Brokerage of technical, political and financial support will be mobilized, including access to information, knowledge and cooperation. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and matching resources for solutions with potential to solve the most urgent problems facing young people.
The co-creation process won’t stop. The most promising solutions for the challenges young people face around the world will reach greater and greater numbers.
The Youth Challenge unleashes the creativity and ideas of young people around the world. An inclusive design process will invite young people to actively engage as “solvers” to design solutions to issues they face around learning, skills development, employment and empowerment. The first Youth Challenge takes place in 16 countries. The most promising solutions in each country receive seed funding and mentorship, with the top 5 solutions globally receiving further investment and tailored support from Generation Unlimited partners.
A set of aspirational ‘grand challenge’ incentives to spur the co-creation process are being developed with partners and young people. These new ideas distilled from global trends – such as technology innovation, digitalization, and the new green and care economies – have the potential to overcome barriers to progress for young people.
The Co-Creating Solutions with and for Young People meeting brought together over 60 organizations from all sectors to review and evaluate the first cycle of solution co-creation undertaken by Generation Unlimited (previously known as the Young People’s Agenda).
First, private philanthropic partners and public sector aid agencies can offer their support for implementation and scale-up of the proven initiatives and programmes which have been selected and independently verified as effective “Solutions” endorsed by Generation Unlimited
Second, partners can engage in and support the “Promising Ideas” process – key trends and opportunities that have transformative power in achieving the goals of Generation Unlimited.
Third, potential partners can offer resources to ensure that young people themselves are actively engaged in articulating their needs and designing and implementing new solutions.