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Congrats on diving into our Ideas phase! As always we're keen on ideas in all shapes and sizes – and for our community to keep building their ideas as our challenge continues. As your idea grows, you can update your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button. Here's some tips on areas you might explore to develop your idea further and bring it closer to our big goal: real world impact.

Get Visual
Here at OpenIDEO, we think that visualising your ideas is a significant step in engaging others to appreciate the goodness on all your switched-on thinking and get onboard to collaborate as you develop it further. Grab tips for getting your visualising game on.

Create Clarity
Something we'd encourage you to think about is how you might update your Summary description at the top of your post to encapsulate what your idea actually entails briefly and clearly.  Here's a template if you need some help, though feel free to come up with your own clarifying sentence structure.

Our idea is a_________________ [campaign/app/service/program/online platform/toolkit/social enterprise/etc.] that tackles the problem of _____________[the issue being addressed ] by __________[what your idea looks like in practice]. 

See example summaries.

Create User Scenarios
Get some humen-centered goodness going on by describing your idea through the lens of potential end uers. Have a go at writing some simple scenarios which describe user journeys through some of the proposed activities for your idea.

Flesh Out Your Idea
As you start to evolve your idea, try to refine the thinking around your offering and how you might provide value to your users. Ask yourself:
• Who would use this idea and what are their needs? 
• What would make my idea important to them? 


As you build your idea, help people better grasp how it could play out by describing some example scenarios which illustrate user journeys through the concept you've outlined. Check this example where a few simple scenarios were created in an attempt to explain the goodness on the idea in a human centered way.

If you're feeling bolder, you might also like to give tools like The Really Big Idea Sketch Pad a go – or check out more awesome tools for Idea Modelling. Proposing a social venture? The Social Model Business Canvas will get you thinking about how you might ensure it's economic viablity. 

Prototyping
Social innovation doesn't occur in a vacuum. The core goal of a prototype is to assess the viability of an idea or a part of the idea with potential end users involved. It's worthwhile questioning some of the assumptions behind your idea and trying to test them out before spending effort developing the other 95% of the idea. It's as much about better understanding the problem you're trying to solve as refining your solution. Check out tips and toolkits for running effective prototypes – especially the User Experience Map.

We hope you'll try out some of these suggestions to expand your great thinking on OpenIDEO. If you've got further suggestions of tips and tools for ideation, let folks know in the comments section below. And don't forget our biggest tip for strengthening your ideas: collaboration!
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Photo of Japhet Aloyce Kalegeya

Thank you for offering me these tips and tricks. Really helpful and great learning.

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