Title: Influence of visualised reflection on 'solving socio-economic problems' - a case from youth economy forums

Authors: Mohamed Buheji

Addresses: International Institute of Inspiration Economy, P.O. Box 37313, Kingdom of Bahrain

Abstract: Reflection has been well studied in psychology, education and management literature, however rarely, its influence been realised as a socio-economic value. In this paper, mechanism of reflection is dissected and then applied on five groups of youth economy forum projects to see how youth would use visualised reflection on solving socio-economic problems. Youth experience and mindset are evaluated through presentations to see influence of youth visualisation and critical reflection while dealing with problems before, during and after the forums. Impact of such practices on youth capacity and innovativeness are investigated. Each project is evaluated by its stakeholders. Teams observations and participation in feedback surveys showed how youth capacity for solving socio-economic problems can be enhanced. Results show clear empowerment of youth through tackling complex problems can come from simple methodologies and with minimal resources. Further longitudinal studies are recommended to optimise youth visualised reflection while overcoming geographical limitations.

Keywords: reflection; critical reflection; learning; visualisation; socio-economy; innovativeness; youth economy; mindset; problem solving; empowerment of youth; youth capacity.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2019.096537

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2019 Vol.25 No.1, pp.1 - 16

Received: 26 Jan 2018
Accepted: 04 Apr 2018

Published online: 04 Oct 2018 *

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