Mutespeak

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Mutespeak

WorldNew York, Estados Unidos
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Mutespeak’s mission is to bring about change by inspiring individuals (16-30) to seek a solution to the problems that we face today rather than support empty causes. 

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if by you speaking, acting and being you can support solutions that can change the world?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

People tend to support causes that yield no path or plan as to how the situation will be corrected or improved. They lack community responsibility neglecting the problems in their environment instead of being active to change what they want to see a difference in. They wait for others to make things better instead of taking what they have to improve things themselves.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The organization's foundation is built on three principles: Speak the Solution; Act the Solution; Be the Solution. These standards adequately instill aspects of change into our society as it encourages community responsibility on all levels whether it is speaking for what and how you want things to change, or it is actively doing something that abhors the advancement or it is living it in your day to day lives. We plan to execute our principles through the use of our media outlets, conscious consumerism and campaigns that all encourages public participation and an extension of more than just their pockets but also their active and verbal support and recognition of a problem and ways to solutions to improve the issue.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our hosts have gathered public opinion on the issue of rape and what should be done about this issue that women are constantly facing. (Speak the Solution). We are currently planning to launch our first campaign Support A Solution: Topic: Rape where we plan to teach self-defense classes to victims as well as individuals who would like to get stronger in learning ways to defend themselves against these predators to give them confidence in living their lives with reduced fear as they can now defend themselves better than they were able to before (Act the Solution). We hope to eventually get the message out to the male population that a woman's "innocence" should be respected hoping that this will impact their decisions (Be the Solution).

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

As of today we have been able to reach over 200 people through our public opinion interaction only and has a following of over 10,000 and growing on our social media platform. We are encouraging people constantly to speak for what they believe should be the changes that will inspire a better future. By asking people their opinion they are able to speak for themselves rather than only hearing the opinions of the representatives that speaks for the masses. We plan to rapidly increase our public interaction numbers as we are shooting every weekend and plan to tour the east coast towards the end of January. The more that people speak about a solution and realize that small changes in their daily lives and mindsets can lead to a greater change the more that they develop a sense of community increasing their active involvement to improve elements of todays society.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

One of Mutespeak's principle belief is to not only relying on donations but by practicing what you preach as a non-profit by being independent. We have establish an online store that has initiated our conscious consumerism plan and we have prospects for advertisement through our media outlet. We plan in reinvesting the funds to generate a more sustainable structure to help us expand on our objective nationally and eventually internationally.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

A lot of organizations aspire for a cause, however Mutespeak is different simply in that it does not support a cause it supports a solution. A plan is pointless if it has only an end goal with no ways to get there. That is Mutespeak: giving ways to improving the situation. We are not here to battle for the spotlight we are here to make a difference. Making a change is not about competition as to who gets there first and that seems to be another difference as a lot of organizations prefer to stand alone rather than stand together and be a superpower that will see a difference with their efforts
Team

Founding Story

Two college students first initiated the idea of Mutespeak during the summer of 2012 as they explored ways to change the world with their poetry; to bring about the truth utilizing the media in a different way to capture the attention of the future leaders of tomorrow. As the idea began to develop the concept became to big to handle with other priorities the young adults had, and was shelved until more time could be given to develop and effectively execute the idea. Adiatu however continued to develop her social entrepreneur spirit and became more and more intrigued with the idea of changing the world in someway, making it her life mission urging her to develop Forlynx International-the parent company of Mutespeak- an organization that chan
About You
Organization:
ForLynx- Mutespeak
About You
First Name

Adeyinka

Last Name

Adiatu

LinkedIn URL
About Your Organization
Organization Name

ForLynx- Mutespeak

Organization Country

, NY, New York

Country where this project is creating social impact

, World

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Impact
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

We believe that by partnering with other organizations in other countries we will be able to expand at a faster rate. Our hosts will be on tour by the end of February along the east coast spreading the purpose of the organization and gathering their opinions. We are working on buidling other teams in the south and the west but are working on building what we have first.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We believe that the biggest barrier is the broken faith mentality of the public caused by the same problem this competition targets- the feedback loop. There are a lot of issues in the world and with a goal this big it may sound nice but with the experience that most people have that is all that they will allow it to do: sound nice. It isn't until we can show them the impact will they begin to believe that we are different.

Sustainability
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

We have not officially partnered with any other organization as yet but we are working on partnering with a few in other countries that share our vision as we believe in making a stronger impact rather than standing and doing it alone.

Closing the Loop
How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

I believe that the choices presented is exactly what Mutespeak is about. We have two sectors of our organization that directly affects the feedback loop: the media section and the campaign section. The media secton gathers public opinion as well as round table discussions to address the concerns of the public. Our campaigns listen to the suggestions of the public and turns it into actual action where we aren't just listening to what the people say we are actually doing something about it.

Languages: In what languages are you able to read and write fluently?

English.

2nd Round Questions
Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?
What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

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What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)

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Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?
What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

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What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

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How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

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What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?

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How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?

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How is feedback published/transparent?

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Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.
If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?
What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?

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Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?
What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?
What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?
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