| Posted on 06/05/2014 - 15:53|
Share your skills - grow your mind. HeadSwap is the world’s tutoring and education community. Swap thoughts, skills, hobbies and crafts in your local community or around the world. The everyday university run by everybody.
Access to education, intergenerational disconnect, isolated living, and cultural misunderstanding are some of the most fundamental social issues in our society. Despite the incredible knowledge that exists, there is a danger learning is becoming too impersonal and too expensive. At the same time everybody carries around so many talents and skills, there are experts everywhere, incredible stories and experiences in the person's head right next to you. With people living more isolated lives than ever, we find less and less opportunities to really connect. So how do we connect the people asking questions, to the answers all around us. We can learn so much from one another, if we just connect.
HeadSwap draws on key features from across the ‘sharing economy’ (Couchsurfing, airbnb, Covoiturage) in order to create a community of people who want to learn and share. Simply sign up, create a profile with interests and skills and an advanced search finds and suggests people in your area with whom you can swap. Users discuss a meet up: online, in a pub, at home: once or weekly. A comment section and identity verification process provides tight security.
Target group and social impact
The site facilitates communities meeting and sharing. It helps education flow, and people come together around shared interests: developing insight, understanding and facilitating community engagement. It also aims to foster links between otherwise isolated demographics. For instance retired and mature users may wish to share experiences or skills they have developed over their working life for some help with signing up to flashy new “sharing economy” websites. In this way the application would also seamlessly work for groups and individuals alike. It would also help people who wish to get introductions into different aspects of culture; a different language or cuisine from the different local communities who may otherwise not interact despite living in the same town.
Competences of the applicant
The applicant applies through a start up that aims to develop software and consultancy tools using the programming platforms of Wolfram Developments. With experience in web development and NGO work, an understanding of the Transition Town networks and University of the Third Age, and personal experience of using the sharing economy, we have a firm foundation for making the most of the investment.
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