Best Ideas 2020 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.
Explain your idea in details:
Life Basics is an app that requires users to learn fundamental life skills ranging from personal development to occupation essentials. Basic life skills range from saving money, paying taxes, writing an ideal job resume, applying first aid, cooking basic meals, to starting a casual conversation. These life skills will be organized into five categories: Money, Health, Technical, Appliance, and Others. The category Money will teach users how to balance bank accounts, avoid debt, use and acquire coupons, organize financial records, calculate tips, and make investments and purchases. This section also relates to an individual's career since users will discover how to write job resumes and prepare for internships. Health will offer tips to improve a user's physical health, such as providing instructions for making nutritious meals and applying first aid. The Technical section relates to the foundations of time management and technological skills. Users will master how to back up computer files, protect passwords, research credible online sources for academic papers, using a calendar/schedule, and use social networks such as Facebook and Linkedin. The Appliance section includes instructions for manual labor, such as repairing car tires, unclogging toilets & sinks, sewing, using kitchen appliances (microwave, oven, toaster, laundry machine), and simply making your bed. The Other section will address an individual's values and priorities, relationship skills, expression, effective communication, and anything that doesn't fall into the other categories. Users will be encouraged to complete a minimum of 5 tasks from one or multiple categories every day. There will be an online community where individuals can discuss what they have accomplished to motivate each other. The overall purpose of Life Basics is to prepare current generations for their future responsibilities.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Life Basics addresses the root cause of a stagnant economy: unemployment. One of the major types of unemployment is structural unemployment. Structural unemployment occurs when the skill set of a worker does not match the skills demands of the jobs available. For example, the introduction of technological innovation has left existing jobs to become obsolete, because workers have to adapt to technology. As a result, many individuals may find themselves in difficult situations regarding money, because economic adaptation can be demanding and stressful. Life Basics addresses structural unemployment by teaching users job skills such as making strategic investments and purchases and organizing financial records. These job skills are found in the Technical and Money sections. Users will also learn communication skills, such as conversing with the interviewer in a job application and writing an email to a prospective employer. Although everyone can use the app, Life Basics is specifically targeted towards younger age groups (ages 13-29) and unemployed/single-parent families in both developed and developing countries. Life Basics will educate individuals important life skills needed for employment and personal development. Also, users will complete daily chores and fix appliances at home with the assistance of Life Basics' instructions and eccentric learning methods. In the status quo, 1.3 billion people live in multidimensional poverty. Half of all people living in poverty are under the age of 18, and youth are 3 times more likely to be unemployed than adults. Through teaching basic services and promoting higher levels of productivity, Life Basics will address Goal 1 (No Poverty) and Goal 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Life Basics offers a unique approach to learning fundamental life skills. Users will learn and manage tasks using the Pomodoro Technique. The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that breaks down work into 25 minute intervals, followed by a short break of 5 minutes. This method helps increase concentration by staying focused on one task for a long period, then shortly resting the brain. The technique will be in the form of a timer that resembles a bright red tomato. The Pomodoro timer will be in the right top corner of the app and will track how many tasks the user has completed. The app will set a reminder for the user to complete 5 tasks by the end of the day. Each task will have a set of instructions accompanied by a checkmark next to each step. When users complete a step, they can tap the checkmark to move onto the next step. After completing all of the steps, a user can choose to upload a picture of their finished task to share with the community, which is motivating but also optional. Unlike other startups, Life Basics is willing to adapt to a changing economy. The app will acquire capital from personal funds, market investors, and prize money from startup and business competitions. Life Basics will collaborate with other startups and businesses to navigate the app market and seek potential business partners. Life Basics will be available for download on services such as Google Play and Windows Update and will have an offline version for locations with limited or no broadband. There will also be a PC version of Life Basics in the form of a website, with similar features to the mobile app. Life Basics is excited to empower individuals to pursue their individual and career goals.
My name is Christie Peng and I'm a 15-year-old student from the United States. I'm currently pursuing a secondary school degree at a local high school. Growing up in a developed country, I had access to clean drinking water, fresh food, and quality education. As a result of this privilege, I wasn't taught any skills that could be applied to the real world. Like several of my peers, I was told to solely focus on studying and getting into an accredited university. One day, as I was figuring out stoichiometry problems for chemistry, I realized I didn't know how to cook tomato and eggs- a basic dish consisting of two ingredients. I also didn't know how to turn on a stove and heat water, or compare prices when buying vegetables. I continued to wonder why I wasn't able to complete these simple tasks when I was able to find the hidden angle in isosceles triangles and which organelle was the powerhouse of the cell. As I continued to wonder about this disconnection between school lessons and the real world, I was perplexed. This epiphany sparked interest in creating a product that would help me accomplish these necessary tasks, which would later become the inspiration for Life Basics.