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

Staying Connected

Sharing thoughtful and joyful tools I find online and through social with my network of friends and family.

Photo of Natasha
2 3

Written by

Numerous fitness studios that have been forced to close are sharing live workouts on Instagram, allowing people to continue moving while facilitating a sense of virtual community.

A friend is encouraging people to share the meals they're making on Instagram with the hashtag #cookingaparteatingtogether to feel more connected.

Upload or share a link to this resource/message/source of information to share it with others.

There are countless ones. Some national examples are Barry's Bootcamp, Rumble, 305 Fitness, Modo Yoga.

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

  • Yes

In what ways did you change your behaviors as a result of this resource?

I'm finding ways to stay active even while confined to my home, which helps with my mental health.

Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

In what ways did you share this information?

I've mostly been sharing links with friends over email or sending them messages on iMessage and WhatsApp.

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • Word of Mouth

What information do you feel you are missing about COVID-19?

I want more information about testing and test availability as well as any information about those who may be asymptomatic and what that means for the population at large.

What populations or personas are not currently being addressed with today’s COVID-19 information?

I think the most disconnected are those without knowledge or access to the internet - particularly the elderly. How can we make sure they're getting the right information and the help that they need, especially if they don't have family members who can help them?

What is your current profession?


In what city are you located?

New York but temporarily relocated to my family's home in the Bay Area

In what country are you located?



Join the conversation:

Photo of Ashley Tillman

Hi Natasha, thanks for joining the sprint! I really love your provocation about those who don't have easy access to internet, I wonder if you've seen any similar inspiration happening via radio, TV or other less internet dependent mediums?

Photo of Natasha

Hi Ashley Tillman as of now most of what I've been seeing has been very tethered to internet access, I imagine not least because resources like radio and TV are inherently unable to create open two-way communication. I've been thinking a lot about possibilities around using regular mail to create an alternate (and non-digital) version of communication, but it's slower, harder to include multiple people, and doesn't necessarily feel like the right tool in these times (adding extra burden to mail and delivery people).