To match those with assets to those with needs accurately, effectively, and quickly.
What problem does your innovation solve?
Our goal is to re-balance sharing economics to better meet unexpected needs for families in emergency situations. This provides social stability, on which education can occur.
Explain your innovation.
A group of peers commune to learn from one another what assets they have at the moment, such as medical or technical skills, ability to perform labor, available time, items to barter, etc. The 3-tep process is IDENTIFY, MATCH, and DELIVER assets. The time together also builds the necessary trust to allow the transaction to take place. The outcome leads to reciprocity, and a virtuous cycle picks up momentum and grows involving more more members of the community sharing and providing more stability.
In addition to these "hearth-sessions," matching databases can be built by employing a "journalist" whose role it is to observe and report all available assets in the community. Or in some locations a smartphone app could be built to assist. Think of TINDER for TUTORING where an individual makes a profile and others scan those filtered profiles for a match in want/need to provide stability.
For example, a family has a child who is able to make it to school, but then breaks an arm and is unable to attend. They make this need known and offer to assist with homework in their profile. They find a match of someone who has a little time and can help carry books who could use some help with the homework. This quid pro quo relationships builds trust, and they are more likely to rely on one another again in the future.
All participants in the program have the potential to benefit in some way at some time based on need. Since the program is designed to provide stability, the family unit itself is the entity the program is built on.
How is your innovation unique?
There is precedent for a sharing economy, but our solution respects the unique social dynamics of an emergency situation. There is often instability, distrust, and a closed posture. Solutions need to be sensitive to this, provide real solutions quickly, and be powered by individuals from the bottom-up.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
I'd like to build a QFD for the different methods available to IDENTIFY assets and needs as mentioned above in order to roll the program out in a pragmatic and effectual way in any socio-economic situation. I'd also like to explore what categories of assets are most valuable in an emergency situation. Lastly, I'd like to build a method into the system to provide feedback to use some data science to improve matching precision, as well as encourage reciprocity and momentum.
Tell us more about you.
We are a coworking space in Lafayette, IN called MatchBOX Coworking Studio. We are a small group of educators, researchers, engineers, and artists working with Purdue University. We have various ties to Mexico, Southern Africa, and India.
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate
Our objective is to create a systemic solution to the instability that disrupts regular childhood education in a prolonged displacement situation. Wherever there are families with children in a post-emergency situation trying to provide stability and school-based education.
Where will your innovation be implemented?
We feel our idea is very flexible and could easily be adapted, especially with the aid of a Quality Functional Deployment, in any region experiencing instability due to any prolonged emergency situation. However, we have direct ties to South Africa and Tunisia in particular, so it would make sense to pilot a program there.
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for less than one year.
We are closely connected to an existing NGO in South Africa, and a team member has built an NGO in Tunisia. These have both been in place with teammates on the ground for at least a couple years.
I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.
Sector Expertise - Elaborate
We have teammates that are professional educators, education researchers, and PhD candidates in resilient systems and social networks.
Early Stage Innovation: I am exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.
We don't intend to register / don't need to in order to implement our innovation successfully.
Lafayette, Indiana, USA