November 17, 2012 at 11:32pm

Are you ready to inspire youth to make Cities better places to live + work + play?

Cities are definitely full of youth (we make up 50 per cent of their population and growing), BUT are they “youthful”? – that’s a whole other question – one that we’re revving up to find out. We have our minds set on ranking the world’s top 100 cities from a youthful perspective. Ambitious? Crazy, perhaps? But so are most things that have never been done before. Are you just as curious as we are to discover the best (and worst) places around the globe to live, work and play? If the answer is yes, send us a application for the opportunity to join a global network of on-the-ground Urban Decoders as we embark on this exciting, dynamic – and no doubt, challenging– pursuit of uncovering Youthful Cities. Feel feel free to forward to your networks!



YOUTHFULCITIES is a huge, complicated, exciting, global, social venture. We’re seeking Urban Decoders across the globe to help launch the initiative. As the local on-the-ground point person and lead representative for your city, you will be responsible for:

๏ Building, Managing, Developing relationships on the local level

๏ Liaising with a global network of 24 other Urban Decoders

๏ Providing valuable insight in framing, forming and directing the initiative

๏ Participating in finalizing the YouthfulCities Indicators that measure a city’s youthfulness

๏ Managing the coordination and collection of Youthful City data

๏ Documenting the process & collecting stories of what youth want in their cities (there’s room to get creative)

๏ Hosting local events

๏ Finding organizations, businesses, agencies that are youth friendly

๏ Participating in a global summit of your finding



We are looking for a youthful person who can really get things done:

๏ Connected, Dynamic and Extroverted – You will need to find and meet lots of people so you better love being socially connected

๏ Tech savvy – fear of technology won’t cut it because there will be lots at the centre of the venture

๏ Curious, Resourceful and Resilient – someone with tricks up their sleeve to meet the challenge of collecting the data for the indicators

๏ Creative flexible problem solver – always critical in start-ups to be able to find new and better directions

๏ Thoughtful – Not all information is created equally. We need a great analyst and cultural translator

๏ Culturally Empathetic – It’s a global project and we need to act like it all the time

๏ Super Organized – archiving knowledge, sorting contacts…you name it



This is an exciting opportunity to get truly hands-on and do something that’s never been done before. Join us in ranking the worlds top cities from a youthful perspective and capture what youth really want from their cities. Be apart of the start-up team that launches this global initiative, cultivate awesome personal professional contacts around the world and make change where you live, work and play.


We are looking to recruit 25 Urban Decoders, one from each of the following cities:

Sao Paulo



Mexico City

Buenos Aires

New York City

Los Angeles




















Candidate must live in the metropolitan borders of the city

Real fluency in English/written and verbal + city’s language a must

Daily reliable access to internet & a reliable power source

Daily access to a computer

Required software Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, PPT, Word.

Post-Secondary requirements preferred, but exceptional experience accepted

Great connections to your city and beyond


– 6 month commitment @ 3 days a week

– All applications should include a recent copy of your CV & letter that answers the following questions. Please stick to the word limit, short and sweet.

1. Propose 3 measurable indicators that you think make a city youthful and propose how you would go about collecting the data (Maximum100 words)

2. A pivotal part of this position is making partnerships and spreading the word about YouthfulCities. Which three organizations, people or companies would you reach out to first and why? (Maximum 100 words)

3. Based on the job description, why are you the best candidate for the position? And what relevant experience do you have to make the launch a success in your city? (Maximum 100 words)

4. What excites you most about the potential of the YouthfulCities initiative from your city’s perspective? (Maximum100 words)


November 30th 2012 (Applications will be reviewed on a roll-in basis.The sooner the better.)

Submissions should be made via email to sonja@youthfulcities.com Please write URBAN DECODER – Your Name, City in the subject line.


Only successful candidates will be contacted for Round II. But let’s stay connected, there are many ways to get involved and we’re gonna need all the help we can get. Keep an eye on our facebook page as we announce the successful candidates for the first 25 cities!

Click here to download the pdf of the Urban Decoder posting:http://www.youthfulcities.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/YouthfulCities_UrbanDecoder_Posting_FINAL.pdf

© Decode Inc. 2012     www.youthfulcities.com    @youthfulcities     Facebook: www.facebook/com/Youthfulcities




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