The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight’s network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas.
Throughout 2012, innovators from all industries and countries are invited to participate in three challenge rounds, each with focused topics on emerging trends.
Round 1 - on networks - is closed, and the winners will be announced June 18.
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Details on Round 3 will available later this year.
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Implement DREAM:IN USA: a network to capture dreams of diverse individuals across the country, inspiring social and economic development.
No one is doing it in the United States; there are chapters in Brazil and India. We will mobilize thousands of individuals and capture American dreams to develop sustainable solutions.
We will utilize The Imagination Network ™, DREAM:IN’s online, open source database of dreams and the world’s first digital collection of raw, qualitative data to inspire social change.
We will build upon DREAM:IN’s international network of experts and educational institutions by replicating its structure within all 50 states.
DREAM:IN’s feasibility is demonstrated by its rapid growth and scalability. After initial development in India, methodologies were quickly scaled and implemented throughout Brazil within two years. In India, the project’s first journey covered more than 25,000 km while mobilizing 101 students, capturing 3000 dreams, and inspiring almost 50 sustainable ventures. Online, The Imagination Network ™ will connect people with similar dreams, creating a sense of empowerment and belonging. Through education, collaboration, and inspiration, DREAM:IN relieves the fear of imagination in creating a gateway for communities to imagine a different future.
The DREAM:IN USA team consists of students and faculty from Parsons The New School for Design who represent a spectrum of expertise in design, business, entrepreneurship, and education. Amongst the team are individuals with previous experience with DREAM:IN methodologies. The advising faculty member is co-director of DREAM:IN and one of the leading students was thoroughly engaged in its strategic development. Several faculty members were also involved in DREAM:IN’s first design development conference. Together with DREAM:IN headquarters and other chapters, we will ensure both quality and value creation for DREAM:IN USA.
DREAM:IN USA has already established a team, formed a New School student organization, and integrated DREAM:IN methodologies into two Parsons’ courses. In India, DREAM:IN headquarters have developed an online platform called The Imagination Network ™ striving to break down barriers of geography, language, and social status. The platform enables users to gain research directly from community members and individuals to upload dreams via any video recording device. Dreams then become a source for social innovation, inspiration, research, and education. Currently in the beta stage, plans are to launch the platform before the end of the year.
Following the implementation of DREAM:IN to the American public, the success of the venture will draw in supportive corporations and crowd-source donations to provide funding for the future.