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Serendipity Speed-storming (X2)

Two rounds of speed-storming (instead of brainstorming) for connecting across systems and "breaking" silos for enabling multiple changes.

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Nowadays there is a shortage of resources. At the same time there is a potential propensity to look for alternatives, and make connections. There is a great potential to break silos right now, both in theory and in practice.

For making this happen I propose a 2 part session that I have found has great potential, based on my own experience (including several informal meetings I have had during these days with diverse communities).

Part 1: Focus on Questions. Using Hal Gregersen's methodology of Question Burst I propose using the first part of the session as way of opening minds, by focusing on the questions because I have found that it is very powerful to start by doing this. 

Part 2: Brainstorming is not ideal, specially for including more technical people (usually more introvert and/or with more technical language). Yet, there is something called 'speed storming' that is suggested by some scientists. It's basically an analogy to 'speed dating' where people meet with other people in one-on-one quick meetings. I propose to encourage this with people across industries as an quick-and-easy starting point that can catalyze not just new ideas, but new ideas with the necessary resources, and knowledge for turning these ideas into reality (for making sure there is a diversity of knowledge, resources, skills, there is a need of a cautious pre-meeting work, but it is possible to do with diverse partners included).

What is the need are you focusing on?

I'm focusing on a root problem: constraint of resources. Yet, constraints, skills, and knowledge are different in different systems, so my idea goes to encouraging connections across systems (industries) to bridge possibilities and enable new ideas with the needed resources for making them real.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed
  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

More than a business pivot themself, what I'm proposing is an enabler of 'business pivots'; something that open minds for new ideas, and give you access with diverse people (different skills, different knowledge, different access to resources...)

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The main impact is accelerating systems change in diverse systems by 'breaking silos' in times that I have found there is a propensity for connecting with others that, for me, should be supported and encouraged.

What is the name of your business or organization?

This is an idea of an individual.

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

As an individual I basically support others. I have done this as an active pro bono volunteer in diverse global communities.

What is your profession?

Journalist. Business administrator. And very active pro bono volunteer in diverse local, and global communities.

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Latin America and the Caribbean

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Academia/Research
  • Activist/Community Leader/Organizer
  • Business/Consulting
  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Journalism
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy
  • Sciences/Scientist
  • Social Work

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • Less than 1 year old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Other

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Grassroots/Community Groups
  • Systems and people for getting the most from the outputs of each session.

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

People, Institution and systems for making each meeting as Insightful and valuable as possible.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?


Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Not totally the same, but I have participated in several online meetings that can benefit from some guidelines like this.


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Photo of Katherine Clayton

I think this idea is rather intriguing. For the speed storming for scientists, how will you get them to participate in a new approach and readily adopt it into their workflows? Thanks for sharing! :)

Photo of Andres Felipe Vera Ramirez

Thanks Katherine Clayton ! ... You are right, a great challenge is to make them participate in this new approach, and even more adopt it into their workflows... It will require work making invitations, including institutions where there is some trust established already (including invitations from friends, and informal social networks); also, it is valuable to have support from upper levels, which might help a lot. Nevertheless, from informal conversations I have had with several entrepreneurs, and some scientists, and engineers, I have identified a pattern in something that is starting to happen: Connections across areas in big organizations (including universities), and even connections across industries... Breaking "silos" in systems is something that we now have the opportunity to encourage in order to find exciting new ideas like yours, and make them reality in a shorter amount of time.

PS: I really like the idea of the COVID-19 Detection on a Handheld Smartphone-Enabled Platform . CONGRATS!