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Coronavirus Next Generation Rapid Response Team Meeting 3/19

Dream Tank is hosting a Global Virtual Meeting to recruit the young leaders who want to take action from home to address the pandemic. Through global solidarity and uniting our voices together, we can be catalysts of change for our communities.

We invite your teen to join the conversation about:

HOW THE NEXT GENERATION WILL RESPOND to our global crisis?

This will be an action planning meeting for young people ages 12-25.

 

REGISTER HERE:

WEST:  11AM MST / 1PM EST / 6PM CET

EAST: 8PM MST / 10AM GMT + 8 

 

ABOUT:

We are forming a Coronavirus Next Generation Rapid Response Team (12 Youth Leaders) who wish to be a change agent during this critical time. The team  will co-design a Global Hackathon and be invited to represent the youth voice at Boma’s Covid19 Summit and ExoWorld. These are online digital summits where pioneers such as Singularity University, Jason Silva, Peter Diamondis, and more – are collaborating to find tangible outcomes to our biggest global challenges. If you are interested in participating, we invite you to be on the call for more information.  Tell your friends!

 

FACILITATED BY:

Dream Tank

We work with Generation Z to design solutions to the Global Goals. Dream Tank is a 501c3, on a mission to inspire and empower kids and teens around the world to put their passion, creativity, and energy to work in making their communities better. With various programming and curricula, each focused on meaningful, social entrepreneurial innovations, we encourage kids to launch their dreams and impact their communities. Using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals or SDGs) as a framework, we foster their entrepreneurial spirit through Dream Tank accelerators, hackathons and workshops, using a combination of digital technology and tools, collaboration, mentoring, inspiration and confidence-building.

Dream Tank NextGEN Innovation Fellowship 2020

Dream Tank is a non-profit organization that empowers young people to solve global challenges through entrepreneurship. We work with a global network of partners who are all finding solutions to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We encourage discovery learning and self-motivated individuals who are seeking to experience an entrepreneurial environment that will allow you creatively problem solve while working as a team with other fellows and managers. We provide goals and milestones on a project basis that work towards our many different youth programs and current mission to scale our model worldwide. We invite you to join us in this hands-on experience that will give you tangible skills for your desired field.

Young Leaders Heading to State Capitol for Youth Lobby Day: Plastic Pollution

Youth Lobby Day at the Capitol: Plastic Pollution

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

Environment Colorado, CoPIRG, and Eco-Cycle are hosting a Youth Lobby Day: Plastic Pollution event at the Capitol on Thursday, March 5th, 2020! Dozens of kids in elementary school to college are engaging with their state lawmakers on reducing plastic pollution.

A youth-driven campaign to ban single use plastics came as a result of last year’s Dream Tank: Future Cities Accelerator.

 

During our accelerator at the incredible maker space and learning environment of The Museum of Boulder, each kid was on a team mission for the course of the week that was focused around solving different SDG’s (Sustainable Development Goals) for example, Gender Equality, Poverty, and Climate Change. The teams decided to take action locally, after learning from local organizations Boulder Community Foundation , EcoCycle and even a visit from the Mayor of Boulder, Suzanne Jones.

 

2 out of 4 of the groups felt that plastic is a major contributor in many of the local and global challenges we face today. Young entrepreneurs created a campaign to ban single use plastics.

Read the history and CBS news story here.

 

Now this bill has a very real chance of being passed here in Colorado. Our Dream Tank leaders and other young people will be there to share their stance on the issue.

 

What bills the kids will be talking about: 

HB20-1162: Restrict Food and Retail Establishments’ Use Of Polystyrene

  • Fact sheet

  • Sponsors: Representative Cutter, Representative Singer, Senator Foote, and Senator Story

HB20-1163: Management of Single-Use Products

  • We do not have a fact sheet yet, but it is coming soon!!

  • Sponsors: Representative Sirota, Representative A. Valdez, and Senator Gonzales

What is lobbying?

Lobbying is simply influencing your lawmaker on an issue. In this case, the issue is plastic pollution and we are having conversations with them about why we think it is important to pass legislation that would reduce how much plastic Coloradans use! The meetings can be anywhere from 30 seconds in the hallway of the Capitol to 15 minutes in their office. The kids can ask questions, tell stories, and simply engage in a conversation with them!

What bills will the students be talking to lawmakers about?

Right now there are two bills in the state legislature that would reduce single-use plastic use in Colorado. One would restrict food establishments from using polystyrene (commonly known as foam) (HB20-1162) and one would restrict establishments from using plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, etc (HB20-1163). We want the lawmakers to vote yes on these bills!

We will be having Youth Correspondents at Youth Lobby Day, documenting their experience! Follow us on instagram @DreamTankSquad to see our live stories!

** We look forward to seeing more campaigns like this come out of this year’s 2020 Summer Accelerators, Registration is Now Open!***

Youth Urge Global Leaders in Davos to Make Pledge Towards Addressing Global Goal in 2020

Dream Tank leading through youth innovation and entrepreneurship at the 50th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND January 20, 2020: Dream Tank, a premier social entrepreneurship accelerator for youth, is being invited to Davos to speak at a series of panels and roundtables during 50th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum. The inaugural event, the Digital Economist Night, co-produced by Dream Tank, launch a series of global convenings in 2020 to secure commitments to moonshot collaborative efforts and set us on a path to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This partnership will provide a hub during the World Economic Forum for global leaders to convene around how to build a human-centered approach to technology.

The leaders in the room are made up of The Digital Economist partner organizations coming together to produce the kickoff of 2020 include academic partners like MIT Connection Science and UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies; industry partners including Dream Tank, Snap IT, Global Citizen Forum, Global Digital Finance, Blackfox Philanthropy, Alliance 4 Impact, Pink Lion AI and Astra Group; media partners including Transcendent Media Capital, Molinari Media and Blocks99; experience partners, Flow VR and venue partners, Caspian Week.

Dream Tank is bringing to the roundtable a voice that is not typically seen at these types of global meetings — the voice of youth. Dream Tank has given rise to a movement of young entrepreneurs who are making tangible impact in their community. Now, they are urging global leaders to make a commitment of not only reaching the goals in 2030 – but this year.

Dream Tank is set to recruit 17 companies or individuals to work with youth entrepreneurs who are each solving a different global goal, from climate change to health and wellbeing.

One company, Ascension VR, founded by Debi Stack, has already made the pledge. In response, youth hosted a hackathon for the organization to come up with new ways to help veterans with PTSD through the use of gaming. This unlikely partnership, is setting a precedent for how companies develop technologies in 2020 and beyond.

With Greta Thunburg as one of the keynote speakers this year at the World Economic Forum, it gives great hope that future generations are part of this global conversation and will continue to ignite more young leaders around the world. Not only is this a matter of equal representation, as Dream Tank states, “Youth are actually a critical part in global innovation and making steps towards building new solutions — because kids have the creative power to think outside what’s been done before.”

The Digital Economist VP and co-producer and Dream Tank founder Heidi Cuppari further elaborates, “Technological convergence, combined with radical collaboration and youth innovation, are the key to turning the tide for humanity and the planet.”

To watch the interviews and live stream from Davos, follow Dream Tank on Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin. To learn more about how to pledge for a global goal: www.dreamtank.co/davos

“Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, most creative people in the world decided to actually change it? Where, where could they even do such a thing? They’d need a place free from politics and bureaucracy, distractions, greed – a place where they could build whatever they were crazy enough to imagine …” – Hugo, from Tomorrowland

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