Mission and Impact
CollatEd is a data-driven education technology NGO, the first that uses open innovation as a means of pedagogy to propel Education Sustainable Development in the Global Action Programme network. By shaping researchers into global citizens through solving our signature Challenges™ in exchange for solutions to community and institutional sustainability problems, CollatEd assists world ministries to find practical policy applications of academic knowledge, all while strengthening research-based input to policymaking and working in global teams to facilitate the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). CollatEd Lab fosters sustainable development and innovation capacity building through operating as a policy consulting, strategic international-development NGO in order to empower communities and governments to more effectively respond to issues at the international, national, and regional levels. Moreover, CollatEd Lab works with Ministries of Education in order to facilitate the inaugural SDG Youth Action Festivals worldwide in partnership with the UN SDG Action Campaign.
In the age of Massive Open Online Discovery, CollatEd has decided to decentralize this knowledge revolution via a two-prong approach.
First, CollatEd works closely with academic institutions in order to establish centralized, SDG think tanks on university campuses to serve as a sustainable research hub for fellow researchers. Second, CollatEd works with global organizations, UN agencies, and policymakers to support CollatEd’s second international research hub, the iWorld Policy Lab. CollatEd then partners with UN Directors, Ministers/Government, and renowned academic experts, who cross-verify the policy outcomes of researchers. Challenge contributors, Ministries, containing first-hand knowledge of the issue, are able to collaborate with researchers in order to improve capacity-building solutions in the Policy Lab which inform the work of the United Nations, Foreign Embassies, governments, and higher-learning institutions.
Core Product: CollatEd Challenges™
Civil society, policymakers, students, and industry professionals from a variety of fields related to global problems are invited to create challenges based on their area of social impact for students. An example of a challenge headline (Full submission form see Appendix): Improving water quality in Southeast Asia through the engineering of a new filter product. (Global Health, Water quality, Technology) || Associated disciplines: Engineering; quantitative research and data analysis; environmental chemistry. CollatEd writes its own software in a DIY format that automatically regroups and recommends ideas in its database in the areas of interest to accelerate the delivery of open and flexible education systems that enable equitable, relevant, lifelong learning opportunities in contribution to the SDG’s. The product in the development process includes:
A sub-platform featuring our work on education policy and policy-oriented contributor submissions, with the goal of forming the world’s largest youth-driven policy network. By responding to policy and simulating the impact, either through ideas crossed over from Challenges, students form a productive dialogue that becomes valuable feedback for centralized decision-making bodies.
HUBS for DIY
Once students complete their Innovator Profile and select a Challenge, they join a team automatically selected based on matching of profiles. The chat space is connected to a desktop idea-design toolbox to inspire their projects. The desktop supports an experimental mode of music-remixing-inspired innovation. It takes multidimensional features of existing ideas initialized to examples of innovation.
Partnership Functions, Contributions of Civil Society, and Combined Impact
CollatEd Lab’s unique model of targeting simultaneous issues rooted in policy and education has resulted in the implementation of solution crowdsourcing. The strategy of crowdsourcing reflects a global education, corruption and poverty elimination, as well as the formation of a cultural-change agent that leverages business, government, nonprofit, and academic/research platforms to enhance the evolution of inclusive political and economic structures.
CollatEd’s advancement of the Right to Innovate, in turn, has a systemic impact on developing societies and economies. The Challenges™ is designed for the final purpose of monitoring research benefitting the UNESCO, World Bank, WFUNA, UNDP, Ministerial, NGO, and University education accessibility initiatives. African informal markets have adapted imported technology to specific selling styles like street vending, which is ripe for the leap to originality. More than the universal access of digital materials, we seek an immediate idea-to-impact transference so that education is more widely accepted and impactful in communities. We also foresee a reduction of labor management abuse with heightened innovative power. Instead of existing employers providing upskilling programs, we can have a system driven by youth and their say on what tomorrow’s workforce looks like.