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.