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

Librarians Distribute Free Copies of Unemployment Applications. Distilleries Shift from Producing Rum to Making Hand Sanitizers.

learn more via

Photo of Yulia Strokova
0 0

Written by

Dancers, designers and students are creating protective masks to donate to the frontline during shortages. Artists are selling their work to help feed nurses. Entrepreneurs are launching relief funds and distributing free meals to those most vulnerable. Librarians distribute free paper copies of unemployment applications. Distilleries shift the efforts from producing rum to making hand sanitizers.

What is the need are you focusing on?

THE PROBLEM: There's a dire shortage of personal protective equipment. THE SOLUTION: Have sewing machine? Get to it.⁣ | THE PROBLEM: Due to an overloaded state computer system and jammed phone lines, jobless Floridians have struggled to process unemployment claims. THE SOLUTION: Have printer and paper? Please assist those who have lost their jobs.⁣ | THE PROBLEM: Using hand sanitizer frequently has become second nature for many, which is why it's not hard to believe that the demand currently outweighs the supply. THE SOLUTION: Turn high-proof rum into hand sanitizer. ⁣| THE PROBLEM: Hunger has been a problem long before the pandemic. Now, many are going hungry amidst school closures and social distancing. THE SOLUTION: Create partnerships that keep funding and supply up.⁣ | THE PROBLEM: With most families stuck at home together 24/7, parents are parenting without the usual help from teachers, daycares, and family. THE SOLUTION: Virtual education and creative at-home play.

What is the best example of business adaption you’ve seen in response to COVID-19?

In response to the shortage of personal protective equipment, Florida International University's College of Communication, Architecture & The Arts mobilized its 3D printing facilities to produce a minimum of 1,000 face shields. The first batch of face shields, made from non-toxic polylactic acid, was delivered to Baptist Health last week.⁣ | The Miami-Dade Public Library employees help unemployed with no access to the internet or a printer. The team provides free paper copies of unemployment applications along with an envelope, at 26 locations across Miami. Residents can drive by or walk up and return it at the library's regular book drop.⁣ | A West Miami-Dade distillery has shifted its efforts from producing rum to making hand sanitizer to help the South Florida community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Miami Rum Club donated hundreds of bottles of “Miami Strong” hand sanitizers to hospitals and first responders.

What is your profession?

Founder and Creative Lead of IMPACT.EDITION (

Where are you located (country)?

United States

Where are you located (region)?

  • North America

Which industry do you work in?

  • Business/Consulting
  • Communications/Visual Design
  • Journalism
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy


Join the conversation: