What problem are you solving?:
We live in a country in which many basic values have broken down: cooperation in the public sphere is weak, the value of education is undercut by purchased diplomas, the mass media is full of stories of using political and other positions for personal gain, doctors and other healthcare professionals expect under the table payments in order to provide quality care. Average citizens believe that they have no choice but to participate in these small and large corruptions which are a factor of everyday life.
Describe your idea:
We know that there are different stories which also exist, like professors who ripped up envelopes full of cash which were offered for a good grade. We believe that the internet offers a unique platform for collecting and propogating these stories. We aim to affect peoples’ behavior by showing that moral behavior, based on common values, is possible because their neighbors are already living this way. We hope to gather these stories from far and wide – and to use these positive examples as a motivator. Concretely we envision several stages:
1) Create website which will allow people to register and submit new stories, as well as rating favorite stories and indicating ones that have been verified.
2) Use initial stories to advertise the idea using both “new” media (facebook, existing email networks) and “old” media – radio and print
3) Once we have a rich fund of stories, begin offering awards for some of these outstanding individuals as a way of strengthening them.
What country will this operate in?: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Who are you?:
This idea is a collaboration of two faith-based organizations, one Christian and one Muslim, one international and one local. Our focus is peacebuilding projects. The two principal initiators bring both technical (computer, internet, development), project management, and public relations experience.