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The museum of Ordinary life

Time makes ordinary lives shift their value. An non extraordinary life can be turned extraordinary for later cultures.

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

Most of our lives are ordinary. We do most of what other members of our community do, we have beliefs that are not radically different to those around us and our life storyline can be described with the with the same words as many people alive in our same time. As a society we put emphasis in the value of extraordinary people that shape the world. This vision creates an anxiety on achieving that can turn into disillusion when we think of our legacy at the end of our life.

Most of our lives are ordinary. We do most of what other members of our community do, we have beliefs that are not radically different to those around us and our life storyline can be described with the with the same words as many people alive in our same time.  Even when as a society we put emphasis in the value of extraordinary people that shape the world. This vision creates an anxiety on achieving that can turn into disillusion when we think of our legacy at the end of our life. Yet, individual life stories can be of incredible insight for individuals that live generations apart.

Preserving stories have always been one of humanity treasures, and since information was difficult to pass on we have concentrated in the different an unusual. As history evolves information is easier to maintain and ordinary life have been recorded more often. As this trend continues more mundane stories, that could be inspirational in the light of time, should be preserved, but why would anyone mind to write them down? How do we assign historical context to those stories?

I propose an organization that scouts for mundane biographical content, old personal diaries, war letters, and sets it for display for the rest of mankind, to kickstart the real project. The organization should allow their users to submit their own stories and documents to be opened and reviewed in the future. The contents of this reflections should be tied to events or subjects, and access to new content requires the user, to input new thoughts, that will remain anonymous until 40 years after his death. This last rule is meant to allow a sense of legacy without compromising the privity. 

This museum aims to preserve ordinary thought relative to their time, how beliefs and ideas are shape by time and help the individuals see the value they aport to that transformation. 

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

Scout and digitalize for kickstarting material
Create a prototype and check if people contribute their own thoughts

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

This idea needs refinement specially on how the thoughts can be shared, distributed and how the display is created to create the context as to show every thoght as a child of its time. (ie, a XV monastery monk can sound insane if no context is provided)

Tell us about your work experience:

Behavioural Designer & Chief Innovation Officer @ingsw. I blog about it http://www.behaviourbydesign.com

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