A circuit of localised events culminating in a large scale multiplatform event, encouraging the sharing of experiences and ideas from different sectors which are normally not given a free platform (beginning with education at high school level). These events will place candidates side by side with individuals of influence within relevant areas. Creating a merit based, equal and inclusive networking opportunity, as well as a space for personal development in soft skills, such as public speaking.
Who might use it/where it might be used?:
Provisionally this idea aims to begin in the education sector, offering applications to anyone contained within the sector, students, teachers and any other staff. This would then move on other traditionally unheard but frequently discussed sectors (healthcare, armed forces, police, other academic areas) We aim to platform based on ideas worth sharing, whilst providing opportunity to network and develop skills not traditionally "taught" but constantly listed as being highly valued at the top end of employment.
The Market (B2B, B2C or Both):
Sector the idea belongs to:
Business and Professional Services
Why you think there is a demand for your idea?:
Simply put, everyone wants to be heard. We live in a world of data consumption and many people aspire to become content generators, whether it be artistic, factual or personal. The real demand comes in the reality of the format, these events will be "ordinary" voices telling extraordinary stories and sharing real ideas. And invited guest speakers will be there as a side by side validation of how these applicants are just as worthy of your time as they are. Organically, taking incredible people and putting them in a room generates innovation. We want to provide an opportunity to do that, the voices of today, meet the voices of tomorrow.
Who would be the ideal customers?:
Any demographic imaginable, this format once established could work for many different groups, those within a public sector, an ethnic group, gender, children, veterans, the list is endless. Good ideas exist within every group and we want to find as many as possible.
What ideas do you have to reach these customers?:
Lead by example, what better way to reach these target groups than generating content and bringing it to them. I've been publicly speaking for around 6 years in schools now, and the response I get from genuine, equality focussed communication is astounding. The students always relay back how relatable and understanding I am, this is the impact of public speaking, what better way to inspire them to do the same than deliver the message confidently in person or on self generated content.
How far have you developed this idea?:
I've spoken with multiple education professionals, a social impact investor and those within the events industry. As well as many of the initial target audience members, being high-school aged kids and staff at the facilities. The response has been positive and enthusiastic thus far with many commenting on how the content would be varied and interesting and the potential for new partnerships and having ideas heard by innovators, an exciting prospect.
What – if any – feedback have you had for this idea so far?:
Feedback has been mostly of expressed desire to partake at the applicant level. Those higher up have expressed logistical concerns with bringing successful applicants to the final event venue, cost and time management. But again expressed an appreciation for the value of the concept and how beneficial the process would be.
What supporting material – if any - would you like to add to your proposal?:
An image of myself speaking in front of a selection of students from multiple schools across the Stirling region, discussing the importance and value of bilingualism