Best Ideas 2021 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.
Published on June 1, 2021 um 11:59
Explain your idea in details:
Arjun sat down on his chair and looked up at his brother, Aryan who had a sharp glint in his eye. He handed Arjun a slightly crumpled piece of paper and an Apsara pencil, his hands trembling with excitement. Aryan said, Arjun, write down something about yourself. Take your time. Arjun was bewildered. A minute later, he handed the sheet back to Aryan. Aryan's eyes scanned the paper. My name is Arjun and I am 13 years old. I go to Laxman Public School. I play football. I like playing Minecraft. Aryan grinned, and Arjun pondered over what he had written about himself. There was no mention of his characteristics, his personality traits, his thought process. Optiverse is a student-run organization with one core objective - enabling free, accessible, and essential personality development to all. At Optiverse, we strive to make young students aware of their personalities and imbibe in them the skills of self-reflection, expression, design thinking, decision-making, and identity building. Activities: - We have 150+ mentors globally, each train 2-10 students every month (We have completed over 2500+ mentoring hours worldwide). - We organize free seminars at schools and underprivileged institutions aligning with our motto of accessible education to all. - We host monthly team meetings, award ceremonies, and graduation days which are essential to building our culture. - We have forums for alumni to reach out to us regarding any challenge they may be facing! Innovative approaches: - For students, by students: Our unique structure taps into the intense passion for teaching within students all over the world. - Accessible education to all: We provide workshops across a variety of underprivileged shelters. - You v/s you: Discussions and activities lasting long after the course are over, Optiverse provides a way for you to become the best version of yours.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Optiverse' works with students as they are inevitably responsible for the future of this world. We find it imperative to work with these sharp minds if sustainable solutions are to be achieved, which can happen only if they know themselves well enough. To date we have impacted over 70000 students. Increasing self-awareness of an individual and building personalities by identification of one's strengths and skills are two pivotal areas of our mentorship course. The aforementioned dual objectives help students in gaining clarity about their thought processes and help them in recognizing their unique strengths and abilities. Our course mainly focuses on the 4th sustainable development goal; quality education. It entails equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities. We work to build such personalities of individuals who are globally aware, responsible citizens, working towards finding sustainable solutions rather than spending their time on the problems. In December 2020, I understood the true meaning of the African Proverb, "If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, then go with a team". With this realization, I started expanding my Core Team. Today, this team works diligently towards building the foundation of my dream initiative. We appoint country and state ambassadors under our Core team, these ambassadors further appoint mentors in their teams and then the mentorship tasks of the team commence. Optiverse's strength lies in this ever-expanding branching system which welcomes fresh ideas and provides mentorship opportunities to like-minded students. Till Aug 2021, Optiverse had completed 8000+ hours in 16 countries and 15 states of India. We believe that the world cannot change until we change ourselves first, and work towards leaving this legacy behind.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Optiverse, being a platform completely free of cost and aiming for a better future for students is constantly pacing towards sustainability. Personality development is long-lasting and ensures an inculcation of self-reflection and awareness from an early age. This leads to further propagation of an optimistic aura of a well-developed personality among peers and kinfolk. Such passing down of exceptional qualities by self-aware individuals ushers a sustainable future for the next generation. The entirety of our course is based on the UNs goal for sustainable development; quality education which is deeply rooted in the foundations of Optiverse. We form the peculiar junction for written, oratorical, analytical, and personal development skills for students, and combine these life skills in a singular course. Our system of branching out and networking aids in reaching numerous ambitious students. We have engaged in geographical expansion to reach myriads of students from all over the globe and make Optiverse an international platform. 150+ mentors are working with us, who are all expressive and vivid on their thoughts and beliefs, which makes it possible for them to foster this in their mentees as well. Collaborating with NPOs and NGOs has helped us in getting in touch with students from multifarious economic and social backgrounds. Through this strategy of ethical expansion and outreach, we move towards reducing the gap between the rich and the poor. Such a model is an indirect step towards sustainability, especially in developing nations. Our paramount goal is to make an essential yet much-ignored aspect of education; personality development and self-awareness, accessible. We are also planning to form a well-rooted setup by hiring interns and forming a broader team with fresher perspectives. Achieving all of these, while sticking to our core of 'discovering yourself', and disseminating this discovery to multitudes of students.
Every morning, I am keen on meeting the person standing in front of the mirror, bursting with enthusiasm to take up the day's challenge. He aims to rise above all meaningless notions to eventually contribute all his might to the betterment of humankind. That person has goals and not nemeses to tackle, fighting the cause and not creating a rebel, facing the unknown and not degrading the known. This person enjoys unfolding every moment he lives, embracing equally the highs and lows thrown at him. He values every day's learning with the same level of zest. My name is Aryan Maggo and I turned 17 last December. I have been brought up in India and I am currently completing my last year of school studying science. I am studying the sciences as well as pursuing my passion for entrepreneurship as a social entrepreneur. Some of my other interests include Photography, Economics, Theatre, Researching on Extra-terrestrials, Tennis, and Reading. I got to know about my Leadership and Communication skills back in 2015 when I was elected as the Junior School President. Alongside that, here are some of my other achievements: School Theatre Society- 60hrs/yr for 6 years, State level Winner X3 Indian Young Achievers Award 2021 Founder, GenZconnect- Platform for youth to connect through means of writing. Model United Nations - 48hrs/yr for 5 years, IT Head, Photography Head, and Board of Directors HPAIR Harvard Conference 2021 - Acceptance Young Women's Christian Association of India - Special Award + Internship winner trophy X2 Point of Light Award - Honor Roll Channel Kindness - Optiverse is supported by Lady Gaga I believe, The Harder you work, the luckier you get, and try my best to support my team, family, and peers in every phase.
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