It’s been super busy around OpenIDEO lately — in addition to a record-busting Local Food Challenge, we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes getting ready to roll out some new features that we hope will make OpenIDEO even more fun and inspiring.
In particular, one our big projects has been to find ways to better share stories of implementation and impact with you, our talented OpenIDEO community.
When a challenge ends, it might seem like all of our work ends too. In reality, though, it’s actually just the opposite. After all, you worked so hard to develop amazing solutions to some big social and environmental challenges — we can’t stop there! This is why, when a challenge ends, we turn our attention to identifying ways to turn your bright ideas into reality.
Impact is never one-size-fits-all, which means that each challenge has its own set of opportunities and obstacles when it comes to implementation. Similarly, achieving impact isn’t a quick undertaking; it often takes a lot of time, patience and resources to see any real change in the world. Hey, as the sign says, implementation means 'hard work ahead!'
Ultimately, though, having impact out in the world is one of OpenIDEO’s goals, and we know it’s one of yours too.
With that in mind, today we launched a new challenge phase called Realisation. Over the coming weeks, you’ll see this phase added to many of our recently completed challenges. To see how it works, check out the Realisation phases just launched in the Bone Marrow Donation Challenge and the Ghana Sanitation Challenge.
The Realisation phase is our way of bringing the OpenIDEO community along through the implementation journey. It’s a dynamic phase that will regularly get updated with challenge news, stories of impact, and successes that we can all celebrate. Perhaps what’s most fun is that the Realisation phase itself will evolve over time, including offering the chance for you to share your own examples of the impact you’re creating in the world.
This phase is the next step in taking the incredible work you do on OpenIDEO and translating it into real-world action and change. We’re eager to hear what you think!
The OpenIDEO Team