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Choose your own adventure . . .

Guide individuals through a simple series of binary questions that help determine the best end-of-life plan

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

Best for those who are unable or unwilling to consider an end-of-life plan, but are willing to consider small, sequential decisions.

Popular in the 70s and the 80s, choose your own adventure books tailored the outcome of the adventure to the reader.  These books appealed to those who wanted to set their own direction, but needed structure.

Too much of end-of-life planning is open-ended or overly prescriptive.  It also focuses on the destination, rather than the journey.  This opportunity suggests a different course of action, where the individual is allowed to create a custom plan among well-defined paths. 

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Develop a few end-of-life scenarios with binary questions at the end of each page. Determine if this sort of guidance appeals to specific types of end-of-life planners.

What skills, input or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

End-of-life planning advisors. Those who have been unable or unwilling to make end-of-life decisions.

Tell us about your work experience:

I lead a Product Innovation department in a financial services company. Previously I was part of the Product Development practice at a major consulting firm. I've also worked as a systems engineering for the defense industry.

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My kids loved these books in the '80's. Great idea.  Think about also including the possibility of choosing one way--and then life (illness or circumstance) heads you in the other direction.  You still have choices down that other road, just not the same ones.  Maybe a card deck instead of pages in a book? (Go Wish and My Gift of Grace are really effective tools.)

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