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Announcing our Healthy Ageing Winning Ideas

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Check out our interactive collaboration map of the connections between our challenge ideas.
We've come to the end of the road for our Healthy Ageing Challenge, and what a fun and collaborative ride it's been. When the challenge launched in June we knew this topic would be a great one to tackle, but as always you wowed us with your energy, thoughtfulness and creativity.
Over the course of the Inspiration phase, our conversation was rich with personal stories and resonant examples that spoke right to the heart of the challenges and opportunities of healthy ageing. From there you answered our Ideas phase call to design fresh products, services, tools and more – all with the goal of connecting generations, kickstarting tough conversations and helping people thrive as they age. Next we turned our attention to our Top 20 shortlist – first, making iterative strides in the Refinement phase and most recently, thinking critically about the impact potential of these ideas during Evaluation.
Throughout all of your focused and inspiring efforts, OpenIDEO has been checking in regularly with a team from Mayo Clinic, our challenge sponsor, to get their read on their own design priorities for the challenge as well as their feedback on your ideas. This week we sat down with them to review the progress made by the Top 20 and to determine our winning ideas. As always, this decision represents a blending of community and sponsor input:
  • Which ideas spoke to our community and energised your efforts during the challenge?
  • Which ideas presented new approaches or opportunities that Mayo Clinic found inspiring?
  • Which ideas have the most potential to go out into the world and achieve real impact?
In answering these questions, Mayo Clinic and OpenIDEO developed a list of six winning ideas that we think are best poised for healthy ageing. Check out the Winning Ideas phase and share your congratulations.
While we're shining a spotlight on these six ideas, we want to be sure to recognise the role that our entire community played in their development and refinement. No idea is ever created in a vacuum and on OpenIDEO that's particularly true – so really the congratulations goes to each of you!
When we spoke with Mayo Clinic this week, they were quick to point out how inspired they felt by your fresh insights and global perspectives. They were also impressed by  the strength and potential of so many of our community's ideas – and we couldn't agree more. We were particularly inspired by the extent to which each of you committed to helping refine or test an idea during Refinement. From creating new visuals to setting up user experiments, you proved to us that our community is ready to keep flexing its prototyping muscles. So, even if your idea wasn't selected, we want to encourage you to keep designing, keep testing and keep sharing your progress and learnings with us .
In the coming weeks we'll be opening up the Realisation phase of this challenge, where we'll share updates and stories on our path to impact. For now, join the community's celebration for a job well done!
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I admire the MC for sponsoring this challenge, Open IDEO for conducting it, and the participants for submitting such great ideas. One of the common threads appears to be, for obvious reasons, rather than relying on or trusting the health care system to make all the decisions, it is important to involve patients in their own healthcare decision making. To my knowledge one of the most advanced interpretations and implementations of this concept, "co-production," has been developed at The Center for Innovation in Health Management in the UK. Co-production is consistent with the American ideal of freedom coupled with responsibility. In addition, constructing the system so patients' autonomy is supported will improve creatively solving, or more importantly, preventing, health related problems, both by patients and by providers. Having been a part of the health care system, I'm aware of the difficulty in bringing change, but, as the saying is: "If you don't know where you are going..." I am reminded that over the past 30-40 years researchers in complexity gradually became aware that obtaining knowledge was really about giving up control.

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