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Open IDEO Junior

Open IDEO Junior would give kids ranging from ages 12 to 17 the chance to show off their creativity online much like we are doing right now.

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Teenagers usually feel the brunt of suppressed creativity. They are still considered children, but want to be regarded as adults. So why not allow for them to post and take-part in challenges like Open IDEO offers? 

Open IDEO Junior would allow kids ages 12-17 to partake in events much like Open IDEO offers to adults. This would allow for them to open up their creativity in a safe place online. They will also know that they will be helping bigger causes and be able to connect with adults who share their ideas on Open IDEO as well.

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

I plan to connect with the education department on my campus to visit middle and high schools around the area. I will interact with education majors as well to go to schools and introduce Open IDEO to them. Once I gage how much they like concept of Open IDEO, I will propose my idea of having an Open IDEO exclusively for their age group. Based on their responses, I will design specifics that they would want included on the site.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

I would like Open IDEO Junior to feature outstanding participates in challenges. These participants will be featured on social networking sites which would reach a worldwide audience. If young people around the world see the great accomplishments others in their age group have achieved, they will want to be more like them. This would help cultivate their creative confidence by giving them a sense of community among peers in their age group who like and strive to be creative.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

I have strong skills in graphic design, but I would need help with prototyping advice and cost guidance. I would also need help with building the website and getting approval from Open IDEO to expand its name.

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Photo of Maroun Jawiche
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great idea !

Photo of Paul Ecclestone-Brown
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A big plan in this is how to incorporate a product like this in the curriculum - perhaps encouraging design clubs in schools would be the first step - potentially even linking them with PHSE or citizenship classes to tackle more complicated softer problems than a product design - I think this is the start of a different thread

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This is great!

The challenges for this from a safeguarding point of view are how to moderate the collaboration - though I guess a lot of the design challenges could be made private - so that only contributing schools are eligible to view the output during the design process. The outcomes of the ideation could be published on a wider basis.

A lot of the technology is in place and this has definite potential to be implemented easily

I like James' plan to incorporate the design thinking for educators framework......

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Folks seem very excited about the potential for OpenIDEO + kids! We thought you might want to also join in conversations on these ideas: http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/use-openideo-for-student-service-learning-credits/
http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/an-idea-fair-for-science-share-an-exploratory-collaborative-idea-fair-for-kids/
http://www.openideo.com/open/creative-confidence/ideas/openideo-2014-where-young-people-create-confidently-together/ We hope you might collaborate to grow each other's concepts. Creativity loves company!

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Thank you! Those ideas all look interesting, I'll look more into them.

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Hey Kristen, Meena,

Love the idea. Is there a potential to build on something existing like the IDEO Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit, and recalibrate it for different ages?

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Kristen… if you're keen to check out the toolkit which James mentions, it's here: http://designthinkingforeducators.com

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James, after looking at the link Meena provided, I think there could be a possibility to build this project with the Toolkit. Perhaps instead of a Toolkit for educators, a Toolkit for students could be implemented? Although, the Toolkit focuses mainly on educators' to be creative in schools. I would like for my idea to allow teens' creativity to not be restricted to just the school environment.