During the live-stream yesterday, we received an excellent question from Chandra that we could not immediately answer due to time constraints. We promised to post an answer to the question in the forum. That question and its rather lengthy answer are below.
Question: What is the difference between Goals & Objectives, Radical Breakthrough, and Paradigm Shift? (Sections 4, 5, and 6 on the submission form)
Answer: To begin with, there are clear connections between these three sections and it would not be too surprising for your answers in one section to relate to the answers in another. Don’t worry overly much about what goes in one specific section instead of another. That said, there is a general philosophy behind separating these three sections to help you really dig into what you want your prize to accomplish.
Think of these three sections as a funnel, with Goals & Objectives as the broad opening, Paradigm Shift as the narrower middle, and Radical Breakthrough as the narrowest spout. Goals & Objectives encompasses everything you hope your prize will accomplish. This is the space to really dream big and be audacious! If you think your prize will lead to feeding everyone in the world, or predict every disaster, or repopulate coral across the ocean, then this is the place to say so, provided the prize you’ve conceived of supports it.
Paradigm Shift is where you start to constrain your idea. Use this space to explain why your goals won’t be achieved without the prize and what the prize will change that will enable your objectives to be reached. Maybe your prize will change who views corals as their responsibility, or empower individuals instead of governments to take care of their own energy needs.
Finally, Radical Breakthrough is where you get as specific as possible about the breakthrough your prize will create. Imagine that someone has won your prize, what is it they have created? What specifically is now possible that wasn’t possible before? Perhaps using the device that wins your prize will enable 100 off-grid homes to have power, or allow an individual living on an earthquake fault line to evacuate before an earthquake even begins.
I hope this explanation has been helpful, and that you have a little better idea of what we’re looking for on these questions. Again, don’t worry too much about the precise boundaries between each question. It’s more important to capture that overall arc from what you want your prize to accomplish, to how the actual breakthrough your prize causes will support that goal.
As always, please feel free to ask any further questions on the forum.