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Wall of Fail

What better way to learn from failure then to fully embrace it and display it proudly?

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To be comfortable with failure, it helps to see how others have failed, and learned from it. This would be a platform for people to do just that, in a fun, easy to interact with, and familiar way.

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.

This would be a part of the Electronster, where in the space we build for prototyping that project, we would have a space/wall dedicated to this.

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?

Failure is universal, it knows no bounds. Sometimes learning from other people's failure can be instrumental in understanding our own.

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

Any advice -- what would make this wall even more spectacular and awesome for you?


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Nice one! Thought you guys might like reading about the 'failure boards' from Maker Kids on our Inspiration phase if you didn't catch it already: I wonder if you could have something that kids get for adding something to the Wall of Fail? A sticker or badge, saying "Failures are fun & help us learn?" (maybe a bit lame so hoping others will have more ideas on this angle :^) Could also be great to get kids to add post-it notes as they were elsewhere on Electronster, specifically about failing forward or learning from failure. Would be really interesting to see how they frame it in their own words having participated in this exciting Electronster build!

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Hi Meena,

Thanks! I definitely think that's a great thing to look at. This will also help students realize the importance of what they're learning from reflecting from failure. It's kind of like this great, collaborative "let's learn from our own, and from others' failures" space. We did have kids reflect on what they learned from our first prototype with Electronster, but something to add for our next iteration is to emphasize this idea of sometimes things don't work out perfectly and it's cool to learn from those mishaps.

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Meena & Devika,

Our team's concept for "The Play Portal" recently made it through to the refinement phase, and I would love to get some feedback from you both on the idea for failure boards. We have been packaging creative learning opportunities into fun games in order to make them more approachable, and make failure less threatening. Right now we are thinking about hosting some sort of virtual board within the portal where users (kids) post uploads of their most 'epic fails' and posting humorous attempts to the space will be an accomplishment in and of itself.

So that is one idea for posting funny examples to make failure lighthearted, but we also want to have some constructive activity surrounding the board. For example we would like a space where kids can post 'failed games' they tried and ask for advice from the community about what went wrong. We think this space should be incorporated into each individual game page, instead of its own 'failure board'

We would love to hear both your thoughts on this, and it would be awesome if we could continue the conversation on the Play Portal concept page so that more people can join in the conversation:

We look forward to your thoughts!

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