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Power of Imagination

A program or application that helps people, imagine and design a fresh surreal life as if they were given a chance to be born again.

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

This idea is designed for people who are nearing death or anyone who fears death. Fear of death is due to fear of unknowns after death. If we believed that life after death is that of a fresh start to another life, we might not fear it as much. So why not believe for a moment that we have the ability to design a life after death. How will we design our lives all over again if given a chance? The idea gives people the ability to envision and imagine a life that they think is ideal.

The computer program and app will help users imaginatively design their lives as though it is in their hands. Users will be able to interactively design a life from the time of their birth as if  it was possible ( .. and who knows?) . Users can add people they love in it, learn new skills, imagine a life partner, build a house in a place they consider a paradise, and do anything and everything they longed for all their lives. Although surreal, this will help the users look forward to things beyond death and lighten the moment.

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

I will interview and take data from people around me about what they would consider an ideal life and also take surveys where people could express themselves using colors, writing or any other medium to design an ideal life (after death). I will also take surveys on how it felt to imagine such a thing... does it lighten the load ?

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

I would like help with building a prototype of such an application. I can lay out the wireframe and design the game like program but would like help in actual coding and realization. Like SimCity, this program can be left to imagination of the user but User Interaction will have to be developed in detail.

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a high school Engineering teacher and also an entrepreneur. In my business, my team works on SBIR research grants from the government. We propose solutions to a range of scientific topic from radiation detectors to alternative energy. So far we have won one research grant from NASA.

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Hi Subhashree,
Aaron pointed me to your post–I'd love to hear more about your thoughts on what this ideal life would be comprised of–could you describe what you would spend most of your time seeing or doing in this environment?  Some questions I have–is it filled with things, moments, people, is there a narrative?  Thanks for your post!

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