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Healthy Lives Challenge – Community Voices July 10, 2015

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Over the course of the Healthy Lives Challenge, we'll be featuring Q&As with OpenIDEO members who have been making significant contributions to our community. This week, let’s take a look at how Avani Arora and Hannah Mackaness have been growing their ideas through collaboration on the platform!


Avani Arora is a Senior Manager at A.T. Kearney in Chicago where she leads project teams to develop business models and strategies for clients. We’ve appreciated how Avani has been refining her Food Culture = Health Culture idea by building on her previous research post.


Hannah Mackaness is the founder of The O Project in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Hannah has been actively collaborating with the OpenIDEO community to develop how her project can deliver culturally-sensitive sex education to local communities.



What feedback from the OpenIDEO community have you found to be helpful for the development of your idea?

Hannah: Robert Hieger’s commendation of our efforts to dismantle, not “tear down”, taboos reaffirmed our belief in our core principles of working within an existing cultural framework- rather than simply importing what we already know. The comments from Shane Zhao about adaptability encouraged us to strengthen the core principles and skeleton of the idea to see exactly how we could make a structure that could be relevant in other cultures- as well as focusing on technology. The examples, commentary and ideas from André Fernandes have helped us to understand how other peer to peer networks work and how we can take the essence of this networking system and mix it with technology.


Avani: The OpenIDEO community has helped me validate and refine ideas around capturing and growing family traditions through food culture. First, I was thrilled to learn that my idea was interesting and valuable to people of diverse backgrounds. Second, the community identified key aspects ranging from data sharing considerations to building cultural specific content as a means to enable the platform.



How might you collaborate with other OpenIDEO members to help them iterate on their idea?

Avani: I am happy to support my fellow OpenIdeo members by engaging with them through meet ups, offline  or virtual discussions. Also, if I can be of help to test or refine ideas with my friends or family, happy to do so!


Hannah: I think sharing the IDEO Human Centered Design Manual is a great start - its concise, full of examples and my team and I have a very positive experience of using it. On a practical level it’s critical to find a way for people to interact smoothly in the digital world- easy to use platforms and clear guidelines to minimize confusion and miscommunication are critical for trans-national collaboration. Finally, given the international nature of collaboration, it’s essential to really listen and then reflect on the work of others - outsider opinions can provide fresh perspectives and insights, but only if there is enough information for people to contextualize their opinions.  


In the upcoming weeks, we would love to have you join our rockstar OpenIDEO members in answering the challenge question: How might we use technology to inspire all socioeconomic and multicultural groups to lead healthier lives? We can’t wait to see your contributions in Healthy Lives Challenge!


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