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On the road to impact: updates from the Local Food Challenge Realisation phase

It's been an active week on OpenIDEO! Folks have been flexing their inspiration-muscles on the Grameen Social Business Challenge and posting many great insights on social business, the health landscape, life in low-income communities and more. A few more days for you all to join in the action, then next week we'll progressing to the ever-exciting Concepting phase. While it's tempting to start thinking of ideas now – let's see how many more Inspirations we can post which will make those concepts all the more relevant and informed for improving health in low-income communities.

Meanwhile the Local Food Challenge, on which winners were recently announced, continues to progress on the ground in Queensland, Australia. We're excited to launch the Realisation phase on this challenge so that you can track developments on how impact is being pursued on the hot topic of better aligning food production to consumption. Check out the detail-packed first post on how folks in Queensland interacted with our community's innovative concepts and tailored them to local context and capacity and plans for taking things forward.

And did you catch the fab post by Melbourne's Sunday Age on crowdsourcing – including discussion on OpenIDEO? Our very own team member, Haiyan Zhang, comments "''The innovation process is a little bit about relinquishing control to that sacred idea that you've never shared with the world – and it's only through sharing it that it morphs and changes and becomes something strong. Keeping it secretly under the pillow doesn't let it out to have real impact in the world.'' So let's shake out the pillows and start sharing those ideas!

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