Youth for Resilient Cities to Climate Change @ Mexico City by Youth4Climate
Please find below the
Judge 1: I like the emphasis on educating and empowering youth to engage in the governance of climate resilience in Mexico City. I didn't quite understand the pathway to impact or what the ultimate outcomes of this project would be, however, with respect to achieving resilience or sustainability objectives.
Judge 2: This proposal is about a process, with noble goals: involve and empower youth to find solutions. However, at this stage there is not enough thought given to the *how* - simply involving youth, who have no specialized training, in finding solutions to needs identified by a survey (not much detail on this) may not result in effective solutions. I am not sold on the gamification aspect? Awareness raising and possibly increasing participation is good, but not enough to be truly innovative.
Judge 3: I do not think this is closely related to adaptation. I get that those international agreements mention adaptation and resilience, but what are the youth going to do about that? The assets of youth - beyond their age and the fact that they are inheriting this mess - are not really discussed. Social media, embrace of new technologies, popular culture are all things that youth are great at. How would that be leveraged for this project? The proposal mentioned private sector but not their funding. Corporates might see brand value in being involved in an initiative aimed at their workforce or consumer demographic.
Judge 4: The proposers still haven't answered the judges' concerns to a degree which is persuasive. The principal concern was around what the participants will get out of participating in the project - the answer seems to be mainly about having their capacity built. Which I would say isn't enough. It's also not clear what the project will achieve in terms of making a difference.
We like the idea of engaging youth on sustainable city development through ICT platform, but this proposal could go further in explaining what the youth that they are assuming will want to engage in this will get out of the platform. Is it just about information exchange? It could be more effective if youth voices were connected to planning processes in the city. Crowd-sourcing tools to support improvements to the city could also be considered, e.g advertising campaigns. There are probably many other ways of getting youth involved in practical measures to help the city adapt as well as mitigate emissions which would motivate them to engage. We are also wondering what sorts of ideas there are for the sustainability strategy of this platform. In subsequent iterations it needs more details on how motivating youth will affect change, why Mexico City is the place to test this and how this method could be transferred to additional locations because Mexico is not the only place causing or being affected by climate change. You are currently underselling your explanations of impacts and benefits. We assume this might be a language barrier with the form, but use that space to say how this education of youth will transform how society approaches climate so it is part of everything everyone is doing, explicitly.
Nov 6, 2017
Comment from the Proposal Team:
Hello dear Climate CoLab team,
First of all, we are so happy to have been selected as semi-finalist this year. We checked the feedback of the Judges and here we are our summary of changes in the document:
1) We edited "What actions do you propose?" in order to emphasize the importance of capacity building in young people, as well as promote intergenerational dialogue to generate more impact with the project, especially because their voice must be heard in all decision making process. We considered that to be a very important part that we did not mention. Likewise we detail in 6 points how the platform would be working and what is the purpose of it. This is crucial because it would have more benefits to youth and it would have more efffective actions to implement this in order to open economic, social, political and environmental spaces,
Crowd-sourcing tools help to support improvements to the city that could be more practical, attractive and friendly with the youth and how this help to reduce the Greenhouse gases in the mid and long term.
3) We edited other key benefits enunciating the importance of the incidence in the decision making and participation of young people as citizens in the legal framework of the Right to the City taking into account the New Urban Agenda.
We added a series of infographics that we created to explain how the project would be working and what the process we are proposing would be like.
To answer the question of the judges regarding to "why Mexico City is the place to test this and how this method could be transferred to additional locations because Mexico is not the only place causing or being affected by climate change".
A: When a project or initiative takes place in Mexico City (the capital), these usually have a strong replicating effect in other states this because everything is concentrated in Mexico City, so this could b ean excellent aspect in order to be replicated nationally. An example of this may be the project called Ecobici that consists in public bike transportation, which started in the capital and began to replicate in other states of the country such as Jalisco (Guadalajara City) and Nuevo León (Monterrey City). we consider that our project can be very replicable for other cities in the country; in fact we have thought it so.
Looking forward to hearing from you.