7 Ways to Be a Global Problem Solver in Your Environment
Concept of Global Problem Solving
Technology is changing the way we do things. From using the internet to shopping online, to cloud computing, to Artificial Intelligence, all these are effort of problem solvers in our community all around the world.
Imagine a world of hyper-connectivity where information can help predict an asthma attack and a building can detect a gas leak. That world is here. That time is now. We are in the age of Digitization.
In our digitized world, tremendous opportunities emerge when people connect, and the impact of digitization on society will be five to ten times greater than the impact of the Internet to date according to Cisco.
We can use digitization along with the Internet of Everything (IoE) to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems— water scarcity, hunger, income inequality, environmental degradation, poverty, migration… and unemployment.
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Yet, with the wealth of opportunity digitization can bring, we live in a world of complex global challenges that deeply impact our society from climate change to health and economic challenges.
The challenge of unemployment looms large, especially among youth with an unemployment rate that is practically three times higher than that of adults.
According to the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018, the global unemployment rate has been stabilizing after a rise in 2016.
It is expected to have reached 5.6 per cent in 2017, with the total number of unemployed exceeding 192 million persons, which is expected to increase to nearly 210 million by 2019.
Still, at the end of 2018 an estimated 7.6 billion people were living on our planet. The global working age population in 2018, comprising women and men aged 15 years or older, was 5.7 billion.
Out of these, 3.3 billion people, or about 58.4 per cent, were in employment and 172 million were unemployed. These groups together sum up the global labour force, which therefore stood at 3.5 billion in 2018.
According to the World Unemployment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019, The global unemployment rates were anticipated to fall to 4.9% in 2019 and are expected to hold steady into 2020.
The global unemployment rate is expected to remain essentially unchanged over the next few years, in line with projections pointing to stable global economic growth according International Monetary Fund (IMF, 2018a).
Paid work is a key driver of material well-being, economic security, equality of opportunity and human development; however, advances in these areas still elude a majority of workers across the world.
Since being in employment does not always quarantee a decent living, in order for countries to thrive in this new digitized economy, not only will we have to address unemployment, but also job creation.
The world will have to create 600 million jobs over the next 10 years, or 5 million a month, just to prevent the youth unemployment situation from getting worse. Technology alone is not enough. Education alone is not enough.
The rapidly changing nature of jobs and the world as we know it require a comprehensive, adaptable skills-to-jobs approach, including job creation.
An estimated 280 million additional jobs need to be created by 2019 to close the global employment gap.We need to increase job creation.
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Governments, companies, educational institutions, non-profits, and individuals working in isolation cannot solve the unemployment challenge.
We need to work within the existing ecosystem to create regional strategies that develop the volume and uniqueness of skills and competencies required for countries to take advantage of digitization.
Not only is this important to country development, it also provides a tremendous amount of opportunity for unemployed youth.
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For the world to drastically reduce unemployment, all nations and continent need to shift focus to this seven focal point.
Build Digital Skills.
The world is getting more digital, having the skills to build networks, develop apps, secure devices, or analyze data is critical to solving the challenges we face. Take classes at an institution near you or enroll in an online course websites like:
- Pluralsight, just to mention a few, to enhance your technology know-how.
Spend a Year in Service.
If you live in Nigeria, the National Youth Service Corps can connect you to a year-long national service after graduation from the university or college. Opportunities to serve and learn in both Government and Private sector of the economy, often build and equiped the youth to be productive and self employed. Alternately, look for volunteer opportunities in your own community or country.
Join a Global Problem Solving in Your Community.
Find websites that connect people who want to solve pressing issues. For example, on OpenIDEO you can join projects that interest you and work with others around the world to solve big challenges using a “human-centered design” approach.
Spread the Word.
Thousands of organizations are addressing important issues every day. Follow the ones that interest you on social media and share their content. By inspiring others, you can make an even bigger impact.
Offer Your Talents.
Did you know you can provide skill-based volunteering to nonprofits? Websites like Taproot match you with nonprofits around the world that need help with specific projects. It’s a win-win: Contribute to problems you care about while building your own skills.
Use Your Tech Know-How.
Support global problem solvers from your laptop. For example, at:
- Free Code Camp
- Google Digital Garage: Learn Online Marketing – Free Training Course
- Digital Skills for Africa – Google Digital Garage – Free Training Course
you can use your coding skills to create pro bono solutions for nonprofits.
The Internet makes it easy to help people launch or grow their businesses. For example, a small loan through Kiva can help entrepreneurs upgrade equipment, build inventory, or expand their businesses.
The effect of unemployed population is disastrous. The problem of unemployment can not be downplay, we all need to think out of the box to tackle the challenge.
We should innovate as technologist, think as an entrepreneur and act as a social change agent. So let us be a Global Problem Solver.