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FINAL UPDATE! Home Sessions – Creating together at home

The Home Sessions are free and fun activities held at the homes of nice people in your area. It's like spending time with your friends, just that you have not met each other yet.

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10 December u pdate features:
- Personal experience from the Supper Club at Uyen Luu's home.
Please see pdf at the bottom.
- Field study. Asking parents opinions on Home Sessions. 
Please see pdf at the bottom.
- Google Doc, to help answer my field questions:
- The Master Plan
Please see pdf at the bottom.

2 December u pdate features:
- new ideas & concept iteration
- video / how it works 
- logo design draft
- initial website wireframes   

Home Sessions is about giving children and adults a way to connect and come together to do hands-on activities, eg baking, knitting, gardening etc in a safe environment – someone's home.
The idea is to set up an online platform, where adults can post a session. They set the date, the number of participants, defines materials visitors should bring along, if any etc. Children are encouraged to search the platform (with help of their parents) for sessions in their local area and then 'book' the ones they want to go to.

The Home Sessions idea is build on trust and the concept of collaborative consumption ( Individual humans as well as e ntire communities share, rent, swap, gift stuff and skills with each other. 
With  AirBnB, Zipcar,  Come dine with me,  Supper Club and these happy bunch from Iceland (  setting the bar for Home Sessions.

Grow trust
First, the tone of voice, code of conduct and communication tools for Home Sessions are chosen with care, to attract a honest, fun and open minded audience.
Secondly, every session invites parents of participating children to partake.
Finally, the team behind Home Sessions sets out to recruit creative trendsetters and key people inside a local area to become hosts. How about we convince Jamie Oliver to invite a handful of kids for a Sunday Roast?

Connect & Share
Initial measurements to advertise the Home Sessions website include but are not limited to:
- entries on blogs and forums,  popular  amongst young people
- information kit targeted at teachers
- acquisition of partners from relevant clubs and organizations, e.g. the National Child Care Trust
- magazine articles, directed at parents
- posters, flyers in local cafes and businesses

Each Home Session features the common options to be shared amongst essential social services. Facebook groups (for each Session) could be particularly useful to build this network.

*New* Refinement question: What will the future look like with your idea in it?

With Home Sessions I hope to build and improve connections between people in communities. Living together, locally is the name of the game.
By putting humans back into the focus of a society and providing free and fun activities, I hope to create a nurturing environment for kids (and everyone else).

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.

In addition to adults posting events on the platform, kids can ask for activities that they are interested in. In return, adults would be able to search the platform for these requests and then chose one that they are willing to host.

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?

Home Sessions connects people from a local area. Sessions can be filtered by location. Key persons from neighbourhoods are targeted to host Sessions. Ideally, you find a braiding session hosted by the hair dresser around the corner or staff from the town library hosting an afternoon reading session.

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'm looking for people who can help prototype a session. Any recommendations regarding possible partners are appreciated.
Input from Information Architects or Software Engineers on the wireframes would be great. Any further feedback is very welcome.


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I think that I commented few days ago to your idea, but as I am now evaluating it; I have to say you that it is a really amazing idea, really intelligent; so congrats again.

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