using collective impact to discover solutions for raising children in a technology-saturated world
If we ever needed a village to raise our children it is now.
EPIK was created with one purpose in mind: to unite parents and youth, non-profits, businesses, government entities and educational institutions to help create a deliberate digital generation.
Children today are called digital natives — they grow up using technology so much that they usually know more than their parents, often from a very early age. And yet, do they know enough to make technology a helpful tool, not their master?
Studies would show that they don’t. Youth spend between 8-11 hours a day using different media devices. Real risks such as pornography, cyberbullying, and child predators exist. And yet not all technology is problematic; in fact, never before has the use of technology been more integral to life and career preparation. Creative technology use can facilitate service and community involvement and relationship building. It is the rising generation that can help our world leverage technology’s power.
How can a generation of adults help digital natives become more deliberate and balanced in their media use? No organization can do it alone. Parents can’t do it alone. Education and policy are insufficient. And since all of us have potential pieces of the answer, the time is now to come together and involve our youth in the process of discovering lasting solutions that can help empower our youth to be deliberate digital leaders.
Generating wide social and system change requires more than collaboration, it requires long-term commitments from cross-sector partners to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.1 Nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public must convene around a common agenda to discover solutions and make progress. Collective Impact is a fundamentally different, more disciplined, and higher performing approach to achieving this large-scale social impact.2
Organizations around the world have enthusiastically embraced Collective Impact as they uncover emerging solutions to complex societal problems. Through Collective Impact the work can happen in a better, faster, and in a sustained way for real community change to take place.3
Success can be attained when five vital elements occur: common agenda, shared measurements, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and the support of an independent backbone organization.4
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