Recognition needs to be given when it's due, we've chosen 20 candidates who have stand out due to their effort, community evaluation results and/or excellence in design during the Join the OpenIDEO Team Challenge.
We used the power of stories and sharing to craft strong values that will drive our work forward as a community. Take a look at our process and feel free to facilitate it in your own communities and organizations. We'd love you to share any insights and experiences you have as well!
This week OpenIDEO relaunched with a responsive, mobile-friendly platform. As our community continues to grow and diversify, we know that our collaborative space needs to keep up. This new iteration allows more people to participate, regardless of where they are and what devices they are using. Twice as fast and mobile-friendly, we hope to see more people joining the conversation, whether they are inspired on the go or live somewhere with limited internet.
The Renewable Energy Challenge is rooted deeply in communities – so the stories and voices of community leaders and organizations are vital to our solutions. For this reason, we’re excited to attempt to draw more directly on those stories through our new, experimental volunteer positions: Community Outreach Leaders.
Amplify aims to make international aid more inclusive and human-centered. We have created the In Country Manager program to nurture a diverse network of local individuals and organizations and increase their participation in Amplify Challenges. We are currently focused on nurturing this program in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Nepal but hope to scale it in the future.
Recently, with the launch of the Amplify program, we’ve been working with the IDEO.org team to think about what inclusivity and collaboration mean when the solutions we design are targeted towards communities that lack reliable access to the internet. After testing the use of Integrated Voice Response (IVR) technology during the Ideas phase of our last Amplify challenge, we’ve launched a Global Conversations project that will help make our Zero to Five challenge truly inclusive – connecting the OpenIDEO platform with individuals and community groups in the developing world.
The Zero to Five Challenge is underway! Find out what the Amplify Team learned when preparing for this challenge.
The Amplify Team is getting ready for our second challenge launching in September. In this challenge we’ll be tackling Early Childhood Development and asking our community to collaboratively design inspiring new ways to help parents and primary caregivers, especially those living in low-income areas, give children the best possible start in life. In order engage local communities, some which don’t have access to the internet, we are currently developing several prototypes one to start local Amplify hubs and a second one to extend the OpenIDEO platform to communities with limited or no access to the Internet.
Throughout the Women’s Safety Challenge, a lot of my own assumptions about international development were challenged, and my understanding of the power of human-centered design has increased and evolved in unexpected ways. Here are some things that got me most excited for this Challenge as a new model for solving some of the most complex development issues.
As part of Amplify’s continuing initiative to support the community for the Women’s Safety Challenge, we offered Office Hours, a one hour video conference, to connect experienced IDEO.org designers with community members. Danny Alexander and John Won sat down to answer community-submitted questions around the challenges faced during the Refinement phase. They used their human-centered design knowledge to provide support around setting up prototypes and scoping ideas for implementation.
One of the main goals of the Amplify program is to expand challenge participation in new ways – such as by exploring what access looks like for communities with no or limited access to the internet. We are incredibly excited to think about what this means for the diversity of our community. To continue fulfilling this mission, Marika Shioiri-Clark and Shauna Carey, members of the Amplify Team, have gone back to India to prototype the use of radio and Interactive Voice Response IVR systems to invite a diverse set of users to join in the conversation around our Women’s Safety Challenge. Check out this interview about the IVR program and goals:
Last week we issued a call for applications for our new Community Roles and were blown away by the experiences and perspectives you shared with us. After a very tough decision, we’re now excited to announce the folks who will be guiding our collaborations during this challenge.
Building on the Community Champion role that we’ve prototyped in the last few challenges, we’re experimenting with a few additional, specific volunteer community roles to deepen our community's OpenIDEO experience.
Welcome to 2014, OpenIDEO! We hope each of you feels rested after the holiday season and ready to dive into some fresh OpenIDEO collaborations in the New Year.
Today we’re excited to announce the launch of our Meetup Toolkit – a tool to help local collaborators get together and create social impact.
Last December we surveyed the collaborators of our Connected Communities Challenge and asked if they wanted to get more involved in OpenIDEO. 94% of the survey respondents said they did, and many left an email addresses for us to contact. We met with them several times over Google Hangout and had four organisers start Meetups in their local communities.
Open collaboration for social good is a critical undertaking in a world with increasingly complex problems, but not always a straightforward one. Because of this we're always seeking to understand more about how you are interacting with the OpenIDEO platform and what you're getting out of it.
The OpenIDEO Team are busy cooking up a new challenge which we're hoping to launch during the next month. We're keen to continue our experiment to empower collaborators from our community in helping shape our challenges. So we've got one spot for a switched-on community member, in a voluntary role to work together with us to deepen the OpenIDEO community experience.