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The COVID-19 pandemic has orchestrated deep scars that have exacerbated hardships for low-income, minority communities pushing them into deep poverty.

 

Through the Teenspire IDIEA #Sustainable17Dare Program 2021, we are working tirelessly to empower young people globally to create meaningful solutions for problems that need fixing, now.

Sustainability17Dare Challenges

Teenspire Sustainable17Dare Program is driving a post-COVID transformation by orchestrating solutions powered by youth that create grassroots impact, to re-shape the future of humanity and sustainability.

 

©2021 Teenspire Global Mission

Future of Sustainable Cities

Challenge 1

Evaluating future lifestyles that embrace excess water from climate change.

Climate change is causing excess water to enter our ecosystems and city planners have to develop a strategy around how to deal with it.

Could it be through innovative urban design, embracement of more aquatic features in our urban settings, or utilization of excess water in projects and living?

The challenge looks at long term solutions that help us to deal with excess water infiltrating our ecosystems.

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG11 #SDG5

 

Future of Education

Challenge 2

 

Tackling the digital divide in education in remote communities.

 

Digital Divide: Lack of access to radios, television, computers, the internet, and data left many students unable to engage in remote learning. 

With data, electricity, and access to a smart device being a challenge, how do we ensure young people in remote communities globally can rebound post-COVID and get access to education.

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG11 #SDG5

Future of Food Security

Challenge 3

The challenge of security of food supply in South Sudan

 

Clashes, climate shocks, and COVID-19 are driving more Sudanese into poverty and threatening the health and well-being of hundreds of thousands of people who were already reeling from decades of conflict and violence. One in four Sudanese are estimated to face food shortages today as prices climb and clashes, droughts, and floods destroy people’s ability to farm.

The challenge looks at long term rehabilitation and food security solutions for South Sudan.

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG11 #SDG5

 
 
 

Future of No Poverty

Challenge 4

 

To Eradicate Poverty we need solutions that foster engagement and build capacity amongst marginalised youth.

 

70% of the one and a half billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls.

 

These are big numbers, and there is a collective agreement that not enough is being done to ensure we have a sustainable and equitable world.

 

So what can we do?

 

The challenge looks at developing innovative ways of ending the circle of poverty, beyond offering daily meals and allowances. How can marginalised communities benefit from remote working opportunities opening up via the Future of Work? 

 

 

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG1

Future of Sustainable Oceans and Land

Challenge 5

 

IDIEA Circular Project

 

The project looks at ways to recycle plastic.

Impact - 1,000 circular projects rolled out globally via youth empowerment in 2021

 

The project looks at ways, funding, and technology targeting plastic re-use, ensuring waste plastic does not end up in landfills.

 

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG15

Future of Equality

Challenge 6

 

Gender Equality is still an issue that exists in our society after decades of programs to drive change.

  • 50% of women are facing discrimination daily

  • 86 million girls were forced to quit school because of COVID

  • 70% of people of color feel they are discriminated against
     

 

These figures stop having incremental significance beyond the threshold of a million. If a million becomes 2 million or 10 million, the pain in our hearts and minds does not escalate accordingly.

Yet, the above figures highlight the pressure the fabric of our societies weather daily. The challenge looks at solutions for an Equitable Workplace of the Future. 

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG11 #SDG5

 
 
 

Future of Healthcare

Challenge 7

 

Telehealth

 

The Covid-19 crisis is far from over. Its impact is going to be felt even decades from now. Some things will never go back to pre Covid-19 times. Healthcare is one of them given the swiftness with which the pandemic fast-tracked the adoption of digital technologies in healthcare.

 

Telehealth, telemedicine and virtual health have been embraced effectively by healthcare providers. However, digital technologies should not only transform the healthcare sector but also allow governments, regulators, hospitals, insurers and even the masses to participate to ensure better healthcare.

 

Plus, the solutions must have relevance for the smaller clinics and hospitals where outpatient visits dropped and very few elective procedures took place during COVID-19. Drug supplies also diminishes, resulting in a healthcare crisis. Further, the technology infrastructure in remote and marginalized communities does not allow the same telehealth permeation as those in urban and regional areas, restricting outreach and support provision.

 

Thus, what is a fair and equitable telehealth option for the future?

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG3 #SDG2

Future of Sports and Music Technology

Challenge 8

 

Technologies for the security and tracking in Sports Events and Live Concerts 

 

A post-COVID-19 playbook of solutions is required to create a safe onsite experience that entices fans to get off their couches and springboard to the stadium for the big game.

 

Globally, regulatory authorities have been vigilant in adhering to social distancing protocols and giving the go-ahead for live events. 

 

As such, what technologies have the stadiums leveraged to establish, develop, and lead the live events sector back to normalcy? What safety and security parameters can be incorporated to ensure fans feel safe in flocking back to the games and live events.

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG17 #SDG11 #SDG5

Future of Mental Wellness

Challenge 9

 

#COVID-19 has adversely affected 80% of young people with mental health issues. What is the help that can be extended to ensure the situation does not get worse?

 

The Mental Health project evaluates solutions that enable easily accessible mental health platforms with a global penetration, keeping marginalised communities and their limitations in mind.

Focus: #SDG4 #SDG3 #SDG5