Over the last several weeks OpenIDEO’s global community has contributed a diverse and innovative spectrum of solutions centered around empowering women and girls in low-income urban areas. With an astounding 585 ideas collaboratively shared, we are on our way to some truly exciting and inspiring solutions.
As the Ideas phase wrapped, the Amplify Team ran a workshop to narrow down which ideas were answering the challenge questions. We explored how well ideas dove into challenge criteria and took into account feedback from the community in the Applause phase. After several thoughtful sessions, we have selected a number of promising ideas that we feel have the potential to make a powerful impact for women and girls and we are very excited to watch them continue to grow in the Refinement phase.
Now it’s time to refine and clarify the ideas that have moved through to the Refinement list and we believe in getting the entire community involved in the conversation. Take a look at how everyone can make a difference as we inch towards impact:
CRITERIA USED TO EVALUATE THE REFINEMENT LIST
- Does the idea address a specific need for women and girls?
- Does the idea make life safer for women and girls?
- Does the idea make their urban context more empowering?
- Does the idea lead to solutions specific to the urban context?
- Can the idea be replicated/scaled in other locations?
TIPS TO REFINE IDEAS
The Refinement phase is an opportunity to clarify remaining questions around an idea – the more clear, visual and in-depth we go, the easier the idea will be to implement in the real world. As we use these final weeks to develop out our ideas, let’s focus on the following goals:
- Let’s make it clear – describe the need you’re trying to solve
- Let’s understand the user’s perspective – use tools like the User Experience Map
- Let’s talk about implementation – explore roadmap, timeline and resources/partnerships
- Incorporate feedback and continue to develop the idea.
Head over to the Tools for Refinement page to find examples and useful tools to achive these goals.
CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE
There are many ways to play a role in the Refinement phase. OpenIDEO is rich with designers, social entrepreneurs, and other professionals with a vast knowledge base. Whether it’s your idea in need of these skills or you have skills to offer, let’s take this opportunity to open a dialogue and embrace the collaborative nature of the platform. Take the time to ask questions that might provide clarification for your idea. And remember, anyone can prototype or brainstorm around ideas in your own community if you think women and girls in your neighborhood might benefit from implementation of an idea – we’d love it if you’d share these results and insights to help further the idea’s development.
We also love when the community continues to explore ideas even when a challenge or phase is over. Impact is an ongoing effort – and one that we are always tracking – so if you love your idea and want to continue to engage in it within your community, please keep us in the loop!
So with that it’s time to dig in! Let's head on over to the Refinement phase and make these ideas the best they can be.