Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
The Cadence Project - International Youth Virtual Exchange
Explain your idea in details:
Too many young people around the world leave school without the necessary soft-skills like interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, and a basic sense of how cultural competency evolves over time. Virtual exchanges are technology-enabled, people-to-people education programs. Our virtual exchange is designed for upper school and college level learners. It's a language and cultural program designed to bring young people closer together by building positive sentiment and relationships that inspire constructive and meaningful dialogue among youth who might not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with one another due to geographic distance. We're excited to be building a global network of schools participating in The Cadence Project, a spoken poetry program for peer-to-peer virtual exchange. The poetry program is modeled from an American poetry contest called Poetry Out Loud. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3.6 million students and 55,000 teachers from 14,000 schools in every state, Washington, DC, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico The Cadence Project has permission from Poetry Out Loud to use publicly available curriculum materials including the online poetry anthology, a comprehensive teachers guide, videos of student performances, lesson plans, and promotional and media guides. The Cadence Project encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and develop interpersonal communication skills such as cadence, tone and vocalization.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The Cadence Project aims to achieve the following objectives: 1) Encourage intercultural dialogue and increase tolerance through online people-to-people interactions. 2) Promote various types of Virtual Exchange as a complement to the poetry curriculum, allowing more young people to benefit from intercultural and international experience related to performing art (spoken word). 3) Enhance communication and language skills by demonstrating the ability to memorize a script and perform the reading with use of skillful vocalization and appropriate tone. Foster soft skills development of participants, including the practice of foreign languages and intercultural teamwork, notably to enhance employability and diplomacy. 4) Promote citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. Develop key skills and attitudes concerning cross-cultural communication, teamwork, critical thinking, media literacy, leadership, empathy, and social responsibility. 5) Improve knowledge of cultural competencies such as self-awareness, respect for diversity, and interpersonal effectiveness skills that allow youth to know what can go wrong in cross-cultural communication and how to respond to these situations. The evaluation of The Cadence Project is measured through multiple sources: - web surveys - post-exchange self-assessment - pre- and post-exchange surveys - interviews and focus groups with participants and facilitators I expect the greatest change and impact will be on student confidence and effectiveness in intercultural communication. Intercultural communicative competence is understood to be an individuals ability to achieve their communication goal while effectively and appropriately utilizing communication behaviors to negotiate between the different identities present within a culturally diverse environment. We will measure this by asking participants whether they found it easy to talk with people from different cultures (interaction relaxation), and if they could express their ideas clearly when interacting with people from different cultures (interaction management).
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The Cadence Project is an open source project. The materials will be published online. All international schools are welcome to participate at no cost. The virtual exchange and lesson plans can be woven into any High School or Summer language program curriculum. Each school should identify one or two teachers as Lead Teachers to serve as the go-to people. Some duties for Lead Teachers: - Getting and keeping in touch with The Cadence Project coordinator (me and my partner) - Enlisting fellow teachers - Distributing materials - Organizing school events The schools we are presently working within Istanbul, Turkey are eligible for a civil society grant offered by the EU. Schools are welcome to seek sponsorships of the program to offset teaching expenses if The Cadence Project is used in an afterschool program, or to enhance student program and scholarship funds.
I am Caner "Jonair" Okan. I am 30 years old. I live in San Francisco, California. I came to America three years ago as a graduate student. I was born in Istanbul, Turkey. I am a network engineer and cryptocurrency investor. I co-founded Morning Angel Communications one year ago with my partner, Joanne Gouaux an experienced social entrepreneur. At Morning Angel, I design socially minded tools using a digital platform to manage an ecosystem of payers, beneficiaries, and foundations with the intention to create efficient, sustainable, and scalable solutions to common obstacles facing society. I am fluent in English and Turkish and I am a graduate of Halic University in Istanbul with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and hold a certificate in Information Technology from U.C. Santa Cruz.