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Open Solution

Open Solution
Poor people worldwide suffer from symptoms of social exclusion. Without adequate structures for upward social mobility poor people remain trapped in their milieus.

We want to change that. Together with you.

We think there is a huge potential by letting more people join our quest for global solutions. So we started the GES Open Solution. It was a non-scientific document open to everybody seeking for solutions on Tackling Inequality of Opportunities.

Open-Access Document
As an open-access document it connected open solution participants with international scientists, business-leaders and decision-makers to create a global problem's solution which might even be implemented on top decision-level in the near future.

The workspace was an open forum and it was all about the ideas discussed within the GES community!

Our goals of the Open Solution were to empower our community to take part in processes they would otherwise not be part of. We were interested in the results of a cooperation with our community.

A ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
We were delighted about every single contribution and almost every participant would have deserved to visit the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. However the Open Solution was designed as a contest. Due to this a jury consisting of Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, René Obermann, Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG and Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy selected the best entry. Our winner was Aaron Shoresman, whom we invited to join the Global Economic Symposium 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the GES online-communities ambassador on location. Click here to read his proposal that convinced the jury.

All contributions enter the "real" world
The contributions from the Open Solution – together with other solution proposals – had been handed over to the moderator for the session “Tackling the Inequality of Opportunities” taking place during the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. The moderator at the GES session based his questions on these solution proposals with the aim to find areas of agreement between the panelists. He ensured that the Open Solution enters the debate on the panel.

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