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.
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Explain your idea in details:
The proposal is a software application that aims to provide a forum for professionals and people from all walks of life to participate in constructive conversions and discuss every aspect of life, work, and community. The platform will encourage users to express their opinions and apply their own professional criticism to develop community and municipal projects in construction matters and in sustainable development. At the same time, the government can also be given official administrator accounts for a unique forum on the platform, where officials can also update the site with community-related itineraries from time to time to increase transparency and visibility. The officials may also discuss other national matters at hand and any user can respond to give insight on their thoughts, whether with a name or anonymously. This type of exercise attempts to give residents an opportunity to become involved with local politics and government itineraries. Afterwards, the best suggestions are analyzed continuously over time and are evaluated by a panel of judges within the app. The users who have provided the top responses will then be rewarded with free premium upgrades, bonuses, and member experiences for the software. After a user has been elected as a top respondent once, any future answers given by this person will automatically be prioritized and these members will be able to participate in more high-level discussions. For example, a member on the national level may only allow users of a certain level of participation into the discussion. In addition, after reaching the level of 5 and above, the user will have the opportunity to be selected as a member of the jury panel as there will always be 4-5 open slots on the panel for users to occupy.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The first step toward progress here is giving the public the chance to communicate through online forums. The second step would be to make contact the local government through the platform and give them official accounts to use. The platform will classify the jury panel and indicate the area in which each member has a unique specialty in (economic debt, urban construction, political meetings, etc.). These jury members are recruited to serve, and they can also be recruited as an aide to give back some advice. Project leaders in developing countries can directly obtain all the information shared by those willing to disclose their resumes. Through these data, hiring project leaders are free to choose the talent they need. Meanwhile, competent people in developing countries can have the chance to study in developed countries, including direct observation and temporary placement to secondary positions such as secretaries. If the project is approved by the government, scholarships can be provided, as well as a living stipend. However, this career portal is the second half of the plan. The main purpose of this app proposal is to encourage communication and foster relationships between the people and the government by giving users a place to discuss and contribute to the sustainable development goals. On the other hand, if the user seeking answers uses it frequently enough to attain answers from highly rated users, the asking user will need to pay a certain amount of money to the platform over a period of time, and the platform will use these earnings to reward other users who have been giving suggestions. This type of monetary incentive also creates job opportunities for the most outstanding users. Lastly, the forum will also serve as a career portal where users can post job opportunities.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The platform promotes the exchange and expression of ideas, as well as quality communication. The option to opt for a membership that uses authentic names and incentivize users with rewards for valuable insight, people will think more carefully about what they say in the discussion forums. Frequent users who give answers that are constantly up-voted will ultimately be given the chance to become a full-time member of the jury with a competitive salary. At this time, the software company will contact the local government and gradually spread word to the rest of the world, so that the jury members have more discussions and users to oversee,
I was born in Wenzhou, a medium-sized city, but was educated in the metropolitan city of Shanghai. My proposal is based on the cooperative projects I was involved in at school. I found that students were always arguing when they were involved in group discussions and could not arrive to an effective solution efficiently within the same group. However, whenever they were managing or working with other groups, they would objectively always be able to provide a very appropriate and feasible solution quickly with no conflict. Judging from this, there may be a similar issue within government agency groups, in which government officials consider factors only amongst themselves when making a decision that affects the larger population and do so slowly and inefficiently amongst themselves. It may be faster and smarter to open the issue to the civilian population, which would give the officials more insight and point them in the right direction. The reason why I thought about the career portal aspect is because I lived between Wenzhou and Shanghai, and found that there are quite a few people with valuable opinions in Wenzhou. These people in Wenzhou, however, may not be able to achieve their goals or plans given their conditions and limited opportunities. They may not be as affluent as those in metropolitan areas, but they have their own talents to contribute. If they can achieve deploy their talents between regions and countries, they will not only promote the development of underdeveloped regions, but also can improve their own personal happiness indices.