A Peacemaking Project by Michael Aaron I.
What is the injustice we are solving?
The exchange of advice, ideas, and insights from one generation to the next is broken. In-person conversations with successful thinkers, doers, and creators are not accessible to the students that need them the most. TILE is the world's largest conversation series: working with students in 250 locations and 41 countries, we make conversations with innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs accessible to teens everywhere.
Our Compassionate Solution:
To solve this injustice of social capital not being distributed equally
we will address access to important advice, ideas, and insights
by making conversations with innovators, leaders, and entrepreneurs accessible to everyone.
Our Project Plan:
- Launching 1,000 chapters in 100 countries
- Being featured in a major news outlet
- Expanding our efforts in conflict zones
We will increase my / our compassion by...
trying to expand our reach worldwide.
How will you show courage?
By not being afraid to push boundaries and take unorthodox steps.
How will you collaborate with others?
By empowering students globally.
How will you know you are moving in the right direction? (What are specific ways you can measure your impact?)
By gathering and analyzing data from surveys.
- Increase social media engagement
- Launch new marketing efforts
- Hire five more volunteers
- Translate our proprietary manual into more languages
How did the project deepen your team's understanding of the injustice?
While an injustice can happen to us, I don't believe we can fully understand an injustice until we've heard how it has affected other people. Being able to connect with students worldwide, all from incredibly different backgrounds, while learning about the way social capital affects their well-being, dreams, and pursuits helped us gain a more comprehensive and profound understanding of our mission and work.
How did your community change as a result of your project?
Thanks to Peace First's help, we were able to launch a remarkably successful Instagram campaign in a handful of developing nations, bringing TILE's resources to places where TILE talks do not currently take place. We launched 50 new chapters in 6 new countries, creating leadership development and volunteering opportunities for over 150 students. Many mentioned in their TILE chapter applications how grateful they were for the ability to learn from local leaders and bring together their communities for vital conversations.
How many people were impacted by your project?
In addition to those directly impacted, are there additional people you feel were indirectly indirectly impacted or reached? If so, how many? (This might include people who read about your project, families of people that attended your workshops or received services, etc.)
Each chapter brings in about 1,000 students for conversations over the course of each season. Our 50 new chapters will bring in 50,000 attendees to TILE conversations over the next year, and will create leadership development experiences for another 150 chapter leaders.
How did your team learn more about the people affected by the injustice?
The TILE chapter application (on our website) asks for comments, questions, or suggestions as students commence the TILE process. This is usually where students interested in starting a TILE chapter also express their frustration and experiences with the social capital gap in their community.
What did your team learn?
We learned that social capital is an even more glaring and unaddressed issue than we anticipated, especially in regards to students interested in learning and pursuing careers in innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship. This cemented our belief that conversations can play a tremendous role in making a change, especially in communities with severely limited resources.
What challenges did your team overcome?
At one point, we were receiving more new chapter inquiries than our team could handle. We had to bring in extra volunteers to handle the volume.
How have you involved others in designing, carrying out, or expanding this project?
Primarily through our chapter model, which allows us to share resources with underserved youth worldwide. We have also started hiring volunteer interns for TILE to expand our social media presence.
What advice would you give to someone starting a peacemaking project?
Just go for it, and talk to as many current peacemakers as you can to get a sense of the project roadmap. There's really nothing scary about it, and everyone is willing to help you out, especially if you care deeply and want to make a change.