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Blog 2 Project Plan

Last week, we defined our social issue that we are going to work with. Today, we did a project plan regarding how we actually gonna do that. So, basically as per human centered design, we divided our project into three parts.

  1. Inspiration
  2. Ideation
  3. Implementation

We had a deadline to submit business model by 28 oct. So, we divided like this.

Sep 4 to 25 – Inspiration

Sep 26 – Oct 9 – Ideation

Oct 10 – 23 – Implementation

Oct 24 – 27 – Business model

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Workshop

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Team work

So, first step now for us was to do intense research on our topic. So, by next week, we have decided to collect information and data doing secondary research.

Meet up with Mentor Upamali

We met our Mentor Upamali and it was great to meet with her and have some meaningful conversation. She was so enthusiastic with our project that I feel like we are going in the right direction. I believe with her help we could actually achieve the goal to take part in this competition and that is for me to actually develop the social innovation that will help the youth of western Sydney.

Zoom session with Ashley and other teams

I had  never been to zoom session but today’s zoom session really made me feel like wow because it was so productive that we could actually talk with all other teams who are taking part on this competition and get to know about each other project. The other main learning part was it helped me to think in other way regarding our project because I have never thought before. Well, Ashley was really great and her effort to help us throughout this project is beyond words.

Blog 1 – Big Idea Competition

 

Well, I was Lucky enough to get entry in The BiG Idea competition even in the last hour. Thanks to Bikesh, a social Champ in our Uni who called me last week and invited me to be the part of the competition and this time, there was no any chance to miss this great opportunity.

The Big Idea competition is a national social enterprise competition for Australian university undergraduate and postgraduate students, organised by The Big Issue national magazine.

”Don’t assume, be empathetic, dream big, work hard, co-design, prototype and remember it’s not about you, it’s about those that you are designing for! Make sure your idea meets a need in the market and ultimately contributes to positive social impact and change.”

This inspiring words from our Program Manager Ashley Clarke really inspired me to deeply research in the social issue of Australia.

Well, there were number of social issues like disability, crimes, unemployment, bullying in school, sexual assault but the unemployment issue in Western Sydney region really impact me to do more research on this problem. As per report of Youth action, Youth who are around 15 to 24 years of age have high rate of unemployment in Western region. But the most interesting factor is that there are some percentage of disengaged youth who are not even attending school nor doing jobs or not even taking any training. They are completely disengaged. So, the increasing number of disengaged youth in Western Sydney is creating other social issues like drug abuse, mental health problem and the economy of that region is very low.

I thought this will be the perfect social issue for the Big Idea competition. So, Today, I proposed my research with other two members of our team and they were convinced. Finally, this is our topic and we will be doing research on this issue. We even did some brainstorming over our idea. Our motive is to develop a social business that will help to reduce the disengaged youth rate in western Sydney.

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At the moment, we have sent a draft of our idea to the Program Manager Ashley and We have been provided Mentor, Upamali Amarakoon. Every Tuesday at 11 am to 2 pm we have a meet up in Social innovation hub.

So, our next activities are to meet with our Mentor and brief our idea to her. The second thing is to carry out the research work to clearly define the problem going through Human centered design.