What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Thousands of children and young people have taken part in Mirno More Peace Fleet already. Many of them twice or more. A lot of school classes experienced this kind of social learning, and there teachers gave us fantastic feedback about positive effects. Many of these teens started to engage in young organisational helping teams and now form a big community of socially engagegd young people. Some have chosen social professions, some have founded their own social projects. But all of them carry peace fleet experience in their hearts, and spread their knowledge in their personal surroundings. Additionally, a lot of media reports about peace fleet have spreaded out a message for tolerance and understanding.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
During the next 3 years we will try to install at least 10 licenced partner projects. Two are already active: Germany and New Zealand. Other contacts are developing, for instance in Thailand, Netherlands, Poland and Romania.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
We have no money, it´s as simple as that, and nothing else is blocking the chances for success. To start building up the franchising project is a full time job, but my position as a general secretary is unpaid, and I live on jobless support-money, which is difficult with 4 children, and after 2008 accident, which hit our family. We try to raise interest by sponsoring companies. They can expect to present their engagement in all future partner countries, but at this moment we are still not able to draw their attention: we have no attractive Public Relation materials, this costs money. Right now we work on these materials together with freelancer student groups, but it takes long times to proceed.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
For year 2012 we want to install 3 licenced partner projects and motivate them to organize cruises with 2-5 ships each.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Next year 2013 we want to have at least 6 active franchise partner projects.
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]
Till the end of the eighties I was working as a captain and charter-base manager in Yugoslavia. The collapse of this country lead to several civil wars. My hometown Vienna was flooded by refugees, my friends in my second homeland – now called Croatia – hid in trenches. What could I do? I had an idea: take children from the different war parties, and let them sail "together in one boat". Give them a chance to throw away hatred and prejudice, to work together in one team, to form friendships across ethnic borders. The effects were fantastic: while their fathers were shooting at each other, the children became friends. This is how peace fleet started, and now 100 ships are sailing along the croatian coast every year flying the peace flag. But today - after having left my job due to a tragic accident - I have a NEW vision: this wonderful project can be copied worldwide - some day a hundred peace fleets will sail....