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Gardens of heritage

A digital-physical space that grows lessons, stories and wisdom from the memories and insights of elders to nurture society.

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

For the younger generations to embrace the elders traditions. Although the Internet allow us unlimited information (and cultural content), knowledge and acumen acquired trough lived experiences is not stored and tends to be lost when people pass away. Inspirational and famous figures like the musician David Bowie or the writer Harper may be portrait trough memoirs and tv specials, but for the rest of us, the wisdom of our kindred is lost because we tend to oversee it when is available.

Taking into account the questions that the opportunity area arise (by proposing to re-imagining remembrance, questioning how to reconnect and tie traditions between generations), we decided to tackle those challenging questions in a gathering of the OpenIdeo Bogotá chapter; to work around putting our heads together and see if  we could think of some more ideas that can bloom and complement the seed of "Gardens of Heritage".

The core of the idea if that it must help/allow to share/reinvent memories, traditions, legacies (emotional-cultural), skills and crafts embedded in stories-activities-media that allows the clear transmission of the insights, acumen and wisdom that the experience of learning and living  provides to the people by doing so.

-We talked about the gift that could be to be able to inherit from our elders the balance and recognition of their mistakes, to talk about it frankly in order to heal and evolve from those limitations.

-At the same time sharing memories trough traditional dishes, attires, music-dance, activities or other customs that are no longer part of our lives. (embrace our cultural heritage with all its diversity).

-It was consider that as well as the rituals (birthdays, new years celebrations, weddings) it is paramount to consider how to reach for means to "capture fragile moments" (those that happens once in an instant and are gone, like the first laugh of my child).

-it is not yet defined the nature of the medium required to develop the idea, it may be a virtual context as well as a physical one (a DIY kit to play and share between old folks and kids to teach and learn their respective skills).


As a satellite notion from the core it was consider how can we create experiences that allows us to revive moments, to interact with our memories or records of the experiences of people long gone, for example being able to challenge ourselves by doing activities that others have done in different times or spaces and left such record as a dare (visit places that my uncle went to before he was 30, beat the score of my grandpa at the pinball game...)

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

Create a get together between old folks and young kids to connect and share, to build from the experiences, traditions and stories of the elders new tales.

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

The capacity to approach different perspectives from different cultures taking into account the "tossed salad" nature of the platform. To be able to consider

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a designer focus on education and social development, i have been involved in projects that put together schools, private and public sector, teachers and communities. The projects worked around and related to tourism, cultural management, identity, heritage, education and entrepreneurship.

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