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.
BLINDFOLD: A REVOLUTIONARY SOLUTION FOR EQUALITY IN THE CRIMINAL AND JOB INTERVIEW SYSTEMS
Explain your idea in details:
It is a revolutionary idea: let us ensure that alleged criminals/victims and job interviewees are not affected by their traits (e.g. race, age, sexual orientation, place of origin). This is because judges/jurors/employers have all sorts of prejudices, being human. How to accomplish that? We will have volunteers read those peoples answers to the judge/employers questions. These volunteers can come from any profession, but actors and lawyers will probably be the most active ones. In a way, Blindfold will be the human equivalent of TOR (The Onion Router): the latter increases a browsers anonymity by having information go through multiple layers (nodes). As far as Blindfold measures are concerned, just one intermediary suffices. Ideally, several volunteers will be available per person (so that the latter can choose the one s/he wants to represent him/her).
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
To make humanity perform to the best of its ability, biases and prejudices must be eliminated. Just because someone has a certain trait (e.g. religion, age, sexual orientation, race, etc) does not mean that s/he is automatically guilty/innocent or that s/he deserves/does not deserve a job. We will be able to witness the impact in 2 ways. Firstly, the prison population will become much more diverse. Similarly, employers, especially big corporations, will have a much more representative personnel. Secondly, humanity as a whole will perform better: there will be more innovation (because of diversity) and more economic growth because of equality before the law and in the workplace. Current figures are shocking: African-Americans account for 37% of the male US prison population whilst Maori persons make up 50 per cent of New Zealand's prison population (but only 15% of the population). Workplaces are even less representative.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Blindfold will be a non-profit organisation. Hopefully, it will be a registrable charity and thus enjoy the corresponding privileges (e.g. exemption from tax). The charitable status will encourage people to donate (as their donations will usually be tax-deductible). It will also make it easier for Blindfold to be sponsored by big companies. Volunteers will play a pivotal role, as they will contribute their time and may also help with fund-raisers on the streets and online. Other non-profit organisations will likely be interested in forming alliances and partnerships, especially those in the human rights arena. E.g. Amnesty International, the United Nations, etc. Finally, wealthy philanthropists might also join in our efforts. E.g. many billionaires have signed a Pledge to donate over 90 percent of their wealth when they die (e.g. Warren Buffett and Bill Gates).
I thought of Blindfold after winning a silver medal at the International Economics Olympiad (Moscow, 2018). I was 16 at the time. Now that I have gained more socio-entrepreneurship experience (e.g. via the Young Enterprise Scheme), I am eager to create innovative businesses that will benefit individuals who suffer from any kind of disadvantage. This is why I have created Bizaar, an online marketplace, whose working prototype is currently live. Its main objective is to help the poorest members of society get textbooks at cheaper prices. Its minor objectives are to foster environmental-friendliness, combat bullying and help students become entrepreneurs. My current other startups include the following. Firstly, Commah (New Zealand's leading student-run entrepreneurship society). Secondly, Balancr, an online money management platform for individuals and small businesses (it will be launched soon) Finally, I love debating and playing the guitar and have won regional awards in those two fields.