This special network model for supporting talents is unique in the European Union. To date, more than 350 TalentPoints (member organisations) have joined the movement in Hungary.
The Hungarian Genius Program is a three-year European funded talent care project that is embedded in the large-scale National Talent Support Program worked out by the National Talent Support Council. This three-year program introduces a special talent support model that incorporates the scientific findings of network research in its organisational development and operation.
The idea of network building comes from network researcher Dr. Péter Csermely. His scientific achievements convinced him that network organizations (cellular networks or the Internet) work much more efficiently than either a hierarchical or a random group of members. This model applies to society, too. The Genius Network, established by the cooperation of talent support organizations and experts, makes the flow, the distribution and use of information efficient. It can convincingly represent the issue of talented people not only to professional-educational fora, but to economic decision-makers too. With all these activities, it effectively promotes the discovery, success and social exploitation of talented youth. The network model of the Hungarian Genius Program, which is unique and becomes popular within the EU and all over the world, builds up an intersectional cooperation between the disorganized, simultaneously working talent-supporting initiatives, integrating the similar enterprises of the public sector, the non-profit sector and the private sector. The Program provides a passage between the different (vertical) decision-making and activity levels by relying primarily on local, non-governmental organizations and movement from the bottom up, complemented with the support of the European Union and Hungary in terms of policy approval and funding.
TalentPoints function as nodes of the Genius Network. TalentPoints are talent supporting communities that are founded by public institutions of education, the church and/or civil organizations. They join the network voluntarily and are responsible for the following four main tasks:
a) talent identification;
b) talent development;
c) talent counselling;
d) cooperation in the TalentPoint network: learning the best talent supporting practices, exchanging information.
Active TalentPoints have covered the whole Carpathian Basin with a network in several fields of talent support (such as intellectual talents, arts, sports, and craftwork) by now. TalentPoints that were established earlier provide assistance to less experienced members, and encourage the creation of new TalentPoints. The network is expanding continuously and the number of TalentPoints (currently above 350) is increasing rapidly. The aim of network building is to include not only Hungary, but also all areas of Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine inhabited by Hungarians. The Program will reach approximately 20,000 talented young persons within the network of TalentPoints by the autumn of 2011.