What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Trust in the self, solution finding ability – how to deal with frustration and help others to deal with it too. Experiencing oneself in satisfactory relationships leads to less frustration, aggression and violence.
More students finish school when they feel appreciated, they have better chances to find a job with a school degree.
Establishing “listening spaces” at school enables students to help students, distributess responsibility for a healthy school community on more shoulders and builds leadership skills.
With good communication skills the chance to lead a more satisfactory life is higher (stable relationships, good job, family piece etc)
Understanding the individuality and talent – regardless of wealth, cultural background, level of education, religion etc. more social peace at schools
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
difficult to say, since I have not yet started. I would assume :
To have reached 500 schools, 5.000 students directly in – 50.000 indirectly through "listening spaces".
To establish “listening spaces” at at least 50 schools in Germany
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
“two ears- on tongue” needs to work profit-yielding or at least cost covering to pay well trained/experienced staff. One of the solutions is to find volunteer workers (see below)
Will schools pay a 50 euro rate per hour? If not, I will have to work out a plan where I will take funds from sponsoring companies, parents assosiactions and even the students themselves.
for marketing, sales acitivies etc. in the early phase. Solution: GLS Bank, sponsorships (eg. Dm drogeriemarkt), crowd funding or foundations
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Make the idea ready to market and start first courses by September 2012 (beginning of new school year).
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Gain more schools, do more trainings and at the same time deal with public relations. Build up more trainers in order to enhance
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
I always knew about the importance of good communication. Whenever I had difficulties to find my way through a problem I was glad to have good friends around, naturally gifted with good listening skills. Their patient listening helped me to find my own solutions for my problems.
So there actually isn’t a “AHA” Moment. Just with the time I put different experiences and pieces together and realized that learning how to listen “right” might sound simple but is vitally important in any interaction with others.
Then I read a McKinsey report on listening (https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Governance/Leadership/The_executives_g...) and how important is was in order to unleash the creativity of staff. That was when the pieces fell into place and I decided to create a course for young people in the phase where they build relationships and selfesteem. And that they should do it right – from the start.
I have three children at school.