TATV Partnered with The Global Co Lab Network
The Global Co Lab Network is a virtual “do tank” designed to empower cost effective inter-generational engagement with the goal of incubating initiatives out of carefully designed informal gatherings such as living room salons, utilizing facilitated design thinking. Our goal is to help people get out of their silos and work across networks more effectively, utilizing a virtual organization with diverse expertise. The “Co Lab” helps people identify “doable problem sets” of specific challenges and curates invitees of diverse perspective and backgrounds to foster intentional, solutions-based collaboration with a focus on ensuring input from teens and/or millennials coupled with established networks. Over the past year and a half, we have hosted over twenty five salons. Salons can focus on any topic and are typically co-created between the Co Lab and partners with a constantly refined approach as we iterate and learn what works best. The Co Lab is building a virtual network of partners, established public and private sector organizations, mentors, teens, and millennials interested in changing the culture for how we engage — built on trust, personal engagement, fun and ultimately better collaboration and outcomes. Our dream is to empower everyday citizens to take ownership for the issues they care about by empowering them to engage and incubate new initiatives with inputs – across sectors, generations, and cultures – to build upon existing networks to collaborate and incubate and scale more effectively.
One of a handful of our successful projects is Teens Dream a digital platform empowering teens globally to articulate and pursue their dreams, as they relate to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Through three annual video competitions we have received over 200 short YouTube videos from across the world from teens around their dreams, including Morocco, Romania, Sri Lanka, Australia, Estonia, Canada, Denmark, the United States, Latvia, Germany, Mexico, Ecuador, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. We have awarded hundreds of dollars in prizes and hosted celebrations at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, to pair winners with mentors and organizations who can help them realize their dreams. Visit the website to see our promo video, winners, submitters, global map, Teen Media Production Group, and our new Dream Hubs where teens are connecting with like minded teens and mentor organizations virtually around one of the SDGs.