One-line solution summary:
Community Brain allows educators to together build solutions and have them reviewed by global communities leading to impactful learning outcomes.
Which Challenge does your solution most closely address?Showcasing 1000 Solutions for Quality Learning: How can 1,000 actionable school-led solutions be codified, validated, and showcased through an online portal to help the world’s teachers and education policy-makers improve quality learning for all?
Pitch your solution.
Have you worked with students and you were still not sure if what you have prepared was right and would allow every child to grow and build the fundament that helps to overcome subject specific or other challenges?
Accessing, creating and distributing effective learning solutions is key to lifelong learning for individuals but also for learning communities that can engage around current global challenges.
Community brain is a platform which helps educators to create solutions, store them and connect them with a large community of stakeholders that validate them via an innovative reviewing process. The co-created solution will be displayed and ranked according to its learning effectiveness thus providing answers to challenges that have been addressed by various challenge owners. The most purposeful solutions will be rewarded leading to a positive feedback loop and positive change on the community level.
Community brain not only gives educators a method to manage solutions, it also combines it with a community of educators that together trigger change on the system level and create content, which allows children to be inspired and grow.
In what city, town, or region is your solution team headquartered?Zürich, Schweiz
Our solution's stage of development:Concept
Is this a new solution, an existing solution, or an adaptation of an existing solution?Adaptation of an existing solution
How does your solution incorporate research?
On the community brain - platform, newly created solutions are being reviewed and rated by a panel of scientists, which ensures that solutions provide evidence for positive change also based on scientific criterias. In parallel, the solutions are reviewed by individuals and by various communities of purpose (e.g. local math teacher communities), which in the end gives visitors to the platform a balanced view on the usefulness of the proposed solutions.
Further to that, a team of researchers is mandated to oversee the project from a scientific point of view and will be in charge of distilling the data providing guidance to educators on the effectiveness of solutions in terms of positive learning impact.
Who is the Team Lead for your solution?
What makes your solution innovative?
The solution combines innovative approaches and mingles them to trigger positive actions and outcomes in various settings. Community brain allows to showcase existing and newly created solutions in one platform, which every individual can associate with. The platform further empowers and incentivises educators around the world to bring to life innovative solutions that help to create a positive momentum for each individual but also for the community around them. It connects challenge owners to educators and their solutions, which helps to create a common vision and understanding, creating dialogue and positive momentum for lifelong learning.
A well-balanced review and rating system tests the solutions not only on their popularity but also on their scientific robustness. Community brain thus creates incentives for individuals to provide quality knowledge, which is useful to a large group of different kinds of stakeholders.
What is your theory of change?
The vision of the community brain is to make impactful learning solutions accessible to any educator around the world.
On the input level, we will be able to pull out the solutions that have been provided by the community of educators of the schools2030 network and showcase them in the newly created community brain - platform. As a further input factor we are thus able to use an existing IT solution that we have been working on and amend it to a level that it provides a useful framework for storing and displaying the existing solutions. Since data might be scattered, we will need to work with the community to allow us to integrate it into the platform.
On the outputs we will then be able to establish an initial prototype with the first batch of communities of purpose that display their solutions on the platform which will be reviewed by the community (scientists, individuals, relevant community). Mandated scientists will further screen and review the data and come up with scientific evidence on the effectiveness of the solutions, which will help to improve the education system overall.
We thus have on the outcome-side an empowered community of educators that connect and learn on the solutions and are able to filter them according to their preferences and current challenges. We will further have a validated catalogue of solutions that will help the global educators community to implement best practices in their learning environment. Last but not least, challenge owners from all over the world will be able to overcome challenges by validated solutions provided by a community of educators. With our solution we thus contribute to Inspired and more knowledgeable educators, which will help students around the world with quality teaching thus allowing us to tackle global challenges together.
Select the key characteristics of your target population.
In which countries do you currently operate?
In which countries do you plan to be operating within the next year?
What are your impact goals for the next year and the next five years, and how will you achieve them?
In year one we would want to develop the platform through a co-creation process with the existing schools2030 community thus enabling us to showcase the solutions that have been created by the network. Year 2 will be about opening the platform to further solutions, that will be provided by the community and refining it in an iterative process. The impact goal would be to bring the platform to a level that it not only provides value to the schools2030 community but to any school that would like to showcase their actionable learning solutions to a wider community. Our goal by year 3 is to have 500 schools from the existing schools2030 network participating on the platform and having a first prototype of further schools, joining the network that have not been part of the initial batches. We want to reach 1 Mio educators around the globe.
By year 5, community brain should be the platform to make impactful learning solutions accessible to any educator around the world and should inspire governments to adopt actionable learning solutions that will help students to have access to high quality education and become global citizens.
What barriers currently exist for you to accomplish your goals in the next year and in the next five years?
Our team brings the necessary background to make community brain a success. We both have experience in launching successful ventures and have a complementary background. Yet we are both very interested in making quality education accessible to anyone. We can also draw from networks in low income context but would need to have further access to educators in those contexts, to make sure that the platform meets the needs of the network and find for example solutions, how also individuals without access to internet, could access the platform (close collaboration with schools2030 needed). As an asset, we already can provide an IT solution, which we would need to amend together with our team of developers. It would be great to have further team members with a background in marketing / communications. Moreover, we do miss a person that would give us legal advice in terms of establishing a global platform, also giving advise on GDPR issues.
Overall we would need about 0.5 Mio US Dollars, to make the platform run and showcase successfully the solutions. We will need further investment, to cover the costs of the platform in year 2-5.
How do you plan to overcome these barriers?
Robin would be able to work full-time on the platform while Georg would dedicate 50 % of his time. We would need to align early on with developers and the network of schools30 to align on the requirements and build a common vision for the platform. We would employ a person in the second half of the year (50 %) focussing on communication. We will search legal advice on a case-by-case basis.
The platform and team should be financed partly by foundations and partly by the governments or other challenge owners that are involved in the project.