Students Doing Crazy Good

We all benefit when young people contribute to community dialogue and development. This is especially true at this point in time as communities around the country are facing big, complex, multifaceted problems. These problems are often resistant to standardised solutions and require collaborative and innovative approaches.

Crazy Ideas College (CIC) engages school students in a program of activities so that they can have fun, build skills and develop ideas for tackling issues within their community. These ideas are promoted online and through community events to catalyse a whole of community conversation. CIC challenges are always hosted by an organization (e.g. Council) to ensure the ideas are connected to real world decision making processes.

Benefits for schools and students

We’ve developed Crazy Ideas College so that young people can express their creativity and develop ideas that are both heard and acted upon. CIC provides students with a meaningful and rewarding experience where they will:

  • Tap into their creative potentials
  • Learn valuable skills like teamwork, idea generation, prototyping, idea pitching and leadership
  • Develop connections with community leaders and decision makers
  • Build confidence that they can play an active role in shaping the future of their communities

Benefits for communities

CIC offers communities and organisations a new, exciting and effective way for engaging young people. We know there is an enormous amount of creative potential in young people and that they are able to use their networks to generate interest in their ideas. CIC has been designed so that it generates broad engagement, novel insights and a commitment to action.

Young people generate ideas in small teams

The program starts with a full day short course where students work in teams to develop an idea. A specialised online learning platform has been developed to support students to test, refine and promote their ideas.

Ideas are promoted to the community

Students promote their ideas to the broader community through an online forum and at specially organised community events. Community members provide feedback and contribute to conversation threads.

Ideas are analysed to identify promising opportunities

Ideas are presented to community leaders and sector specialists so that resources and investment can be secured to progress promising ideas.

Social Innovation happens when ideas are implemented

Insights inform strategy, business case development and pilot project initiation. The CIC host provides feedback to students and community members about action taken.

Join one of our Upcoming Challenges

Browse the upcoming challenges below. Once you find a challenge that meets your educational outcomes, register your school or class. Participation in challenges is free.

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Southern Grampians Shire Challenge

The Shouthern Grampians Shire is looking for new ideas from young people to help make the Hamilton region grow and thrive.

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The CIC Idea Management & Learning Platform

We have developed a safe and secure environment for your students to learn, colloborate and complete the challenge activities. Teachers can easily create and manage their class, track the progress of students and groups and provide feedback through the web platform. The web platform can be accessed through a web browser, so no special software is required to be downloaded or installed.

View class progress on a single dashboard

With our view class dashboard, a teacher can see all of the groups in their class, and see what stage of the challenge they are up to.

Group activities live on the Group Board

Students work in groups through the challenge activities. Each stage of the challengs has a list of activities and tasks for the student to complete. Students can collaborate with eachother and teachers using the build in comment stream.

Download Crazy Ideas Platform Flyer

About the team behind Crazy Ideas


Claire Sandford

Director, Foresight Lane

Kieran Murrihy

Director, Foresight Lane

Naomi Turner

Project Coordinator, Crazy Ideas College

Paul Brick

Managing Director, NBS.Digital

David McGinness

Senior Consultant, Foresight Lane

Matthew Gordon

Director, Our Say

Nick Bye

Digital Commerce Specialist, APD