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Announcing our Connecting Communities Shortlist

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During Refinement, let's get creative with sketches and visuals to bring our shortlisted ideas to life.
 
In the Inspiration and Concepting phases of our Connecting Communities Challenge, members of OpenIDEO’s community shared examples of ways people around the world are being inspired and enabled to take better care of their communities. 
 
But what do we mean by care?  It turns out that the notion of care is multi-faceted: It involves picking up and looking after things, but at its core is the notion of community spirit and connection. As we moved into Concepting and now on to Refinement, you’ll see these themes in the emerging ideas.
 
Recently, the OpenIDEO team sat down with a group of challenge advisors from Singapore’s National Environment Agency and Public Service Division. Together, we reviewed all of your concepts, and focused on answering a few key questions:
 
  • How can we make it easy for citizens to get involved?
  • How might we complement existing systems or networks to get these ideas out into the world?
  • And how easy might it be to spread projects via word-of-mouth, and sustain them once they’ve gotten off the ground?
 
With help from your input in the Applause phase, we came up with 20 shortlisted concepts that will now move on to the Refinement phase.
 
Refinement is all about focusing, revising and editing to make our Top 20 concepts even stronger. If your concept made it into the shortlist, we're eager to see you expand on your initial idea – perhaps through prototyping, uploading sketches, talking to potential users or other hands-on methods. If you don't have a concept in the Refinement phase, there are still plenty of ways to stay involved: from joining conversations and adding your own insights, to picking a concept to prototype and reporting back on what you learn. And remember that we now have the Virtual Team feature, so everyone can be part of a team that refines for increased impact.   Check out more tips on the Refinement phase.
 
We also want to take a chance to recognise the Honorable Mentions for this challenge: 
Neighbourhood Art by Maria Malcus
#connectmydistrict by Kirk Soderstrom
15 minutes/day by Diana Cheng
 
And with that, it's time to refine!  Head over to the Refinement phase to check out our shortlist and join our continued efforts to design for connected communities.
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