What has been the impact of your solution to date?
We have reached and involved children, youth, educators in more than 100 countries now; among them as diverse states as Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Russia, China, Greenland, Kiribati, Malawi; often marginalized kids. We have proven how intense and committed kids (from as early as kindergarten up to 18 years) worldwide are in working together, how keen they are to meet other cultures and how happy and ready they are when it comes to showing solidarity to peers in other countries after our trainings. We have proven the power of the innovative mix of school based media workshops and cooperation with civil society media. As a result, we have a tremendous demand for projects in more than 100 countries, from Mocambique to Indonesia, from Bolivia to USA: school, youth centre, street children shelters, community media asking for cooperations and want to become part of our global network, want to foster empathy, tolerance, peace, education across cultural, social, political borders.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
1. Global roll-out: 150 countries involved
2. Intensification: more and more regular exchange of even more the partners worldwide. More minorities + handicapped kids involved
3. Diversication: More multi-media and social media involved. Re-naming to World Children's MEDIA Network
4. Educational progress: research and impact based improvement of our methods, disseminated by training of involved educators.
5. Decentralization, based on "Social Franchising": Establishment of regional and national chapters of our World Children's Media Network on all continents. This is the strategic tool to guarantee for true and equal global exchange of kids, as condition to reach empathy and understanding.
6. Sustainability by diversification and growth of funding sources (details see next block)
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
After 10 years and many prestigious national and international awards, we still have no regular funding for the core team. Dangerous, discouraging and exhausting.
Plan to overcome them is to reach sustainability by diversification and growth of funding sources:
1. Diverse financial sources:
Crowd funding, schools' own education budgets, local/regional/national funding for the regional chapters, special fundings for special issues e.g. environment, girls rights, media trainings; merchandising, membership fees, long-term projects with top-donors for global top-projects, e.g. global peace education project with World Bank or UNESCO.
2.) Establishment of the World Children's Media Foundation as a powerful und lasting foundation of our work; as layed out in profound Master Plan.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Stabilize and systematize our rapid geographical growth
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
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]
Back in 2001, I did my MBA in Media Management. My son Jonathan was five then. As a journalist, I wanted to listen to the radio, but I realized that I had to turn it off everytime my son came in: There was scary news in the context of 9/11, and the other stations were full of mindless commercial trash. This was the moment when I started to think about a children's radio - and I discussed it with Jonathan. As sociologist with some child/media psychology knowledge who was influenced by East German civil society movement in his youth, I decided that the radio should non-commercial, educative, advertising-free and organized as grassroots NGO. I started with 5000 Euro debts due to the MBA and only with the help of friends.
Ten years later, we connect children in more than 100 countries, have received prestigious awards. And Jonathan? He became part of the Global Youth Media Council and co-author of its declaration at the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth in Sweden 2010...!