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Healthy Ageing Challenge: Community Champion Update #5

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Annie Lin is our current volunteer Challenge Community Champion. You'll see her popping up across the Healthy Ageing Challenge with handy tips and words of encouragement – and posting community updates here like a true champion!


Napoleon Francois Ghesquiere's Der vor seiner Staffelei nachdenklich sinnende, junge Maler (public domain image) .
The Ideas phase is well underway! After just a bit over one week, OpenIDEATORS have contributed a wide array of brilliant and thoughtful ideas to the Healthy Ageing Challenge. I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some additional tips on participation in the Ideas phase, based on the comments and interactions I've seen so far! Some of these overlap a bit with my previous blog post.
OpenIDEO is built around the philosophy that people design better, together . Collaboration is the name of the game.
  • After you've posted an idea, don't stop there! Stick around to engage with any comments other OpenIDEATORS provide. There have already been some great discussions around ideas submitted for the Healthy Ageing Challenge, that are pushing the ideas forward.
  • As comments start coming in, keep revising your ideas based on those feedback. The best ideas on OpenIDEO are usually the result of several iterations of modification. A great example of this is the Intergenerational Health Holiday idea, which has already gone through several versions, with each version better than the previous one.
  • It's a good idea to even directly invite other community members to participate in your idea, for example posing specific questions or remaining challenges for other people to think about. Two great examples of this are: the eXchange Platform idea and the Book of the Future idea. You don't have to think through all elements of your idea alone!
  • Give feedback to other people's ideas, too. Providing comments for fellow OpenIDEATORS will help you further develop and sharpen your own ideas, in addition to being a great service to other community members (even just words of encouragement are great!).
  • Remember to take advantage of OpenIDEO's Virtual Teams feature, to recognize other people who have made helpful contributions to your idea.
Be concrete!
Make your idea as tangible as possible, so people know exactly what you mean, can more easily imagine it in practice, and are able to give more relevant feedback. There are many ways to do this, including:
  • Walk people through some possible use cases for your idea. Come up with some realistic stories on how your idea might be utilized in real life. For an example, see this idea from an earlier challenge.
  • Create some mockups of your idea. This could be a quick sketch or simple 3-d model of what your idea could look like in practice. See the images attached to this idea for an example of some great mockups! You might even want to involve other creatively-oriented community members in developing these mockups.
Remember to upload at least one image to go with your idea. 
Images help get people's attention, and (related to the previous tip) they make abstract thoughts more relatable, impactful, and concrete. When you upload an idea, remember to add in an image or three!
Keep technological barriers in mind. 
Many of the comments made so far have touched upon how to lower the technological barrier for elders. While technology can play a very important and helpful role as we develop new products, services, environments, and resources for the elderly population, keep in mind what seniors would actually feel comfortable using. One great way to test this is to bring your ideas directly to some elders, watch them interact with your ideas, and get their input!
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