Addressing Unemployment with Social Innovation
Below you can see two shocking statistics about (un)employment, as well as youth.
The world needs to create more than 500 million new jobs by 2020 to provide career opportunities for the currently unemployed; as well as young people who will be joining the workforce.
Young and jobless in numbers: 75 million or 12.6% of young people are unemployed worldwide; 3x more likely to be jobless; 7.5 million are not in education or training; Youth unemployment is highest in North Africa (27.9%) and lowest in East Asia (9%).
Source: ILO 2012
This means that a lot of action and commitment is needed to address this ticking time bomb.
At the same time, there are many social issues that need to be tackled and where social innovation is a must.
Social Innovation areas:
- Climate change
So, on one side there are young people looking for work and on the other side there are many issues, which need a lot of work.
Therefore, I have this ‘simple’ idea: To enable young people to work on these social innovation areas!
What is needed is that big companies as well as governments support this activity by means of investments, knowledge transfer, collaboration and mentoring.
I am convinced that Creative Generalists are needed to act as the catalyst for all these activities. With their broad perspectives and experiences, they are an excellent fit to connect all the stakeholders.
What do you think that is needed to get this initiative off the ground?