OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign up, Login or Learn more

Bridging Planet and Prosperity

To achieve prosperity for all, we must find more efficient and effective uses for what is already available. We are looking for ideas that “help more, with less,” or impact more people using existing community resources.

As the global population increases, environmental conditions are changing and natural resources are becoming more scarce. Ensuring prosperity for those not positioned to cope with environmental change has become a great challenge.

With limited resources, cultivating prosperity requires not only ingenuity but respect for surroundings—both social and environmental.

To further clarify this Opportunity Area, here is an example of an initiative aligned with bridging planet and prosperity: Barefoot College connects rural communities to solar, water, education and professions to help individuals take control of their lives. Note that this example is not meant to be limiting, and successful proposals might look very different. Instead, it offers a tangible case that represents bridging work across these topics.

169 contributions

Sorted by Newest

Contribution list

Experiential, participatory, and leaner-focused education that allow communities to build on their direct experiences and knowledge

Experiential, participatory, and leaner-focused education that allow communities to build on their direct experiences and knowledge

Photo of Sandra null
1 5

Providing girls and women with access to affordable, appealing, environmentally friendly sanitary wear and concurrent economic opportunity.

Providing girls and women with access to affordable, appealing, environmentally friendly sanitary wear and concurrent economic opportunity.

Photo of Coenie Louw
21 10