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Impact of Your Life (Updated 8/5: Experience Map)

For the person facing the end of life, create a process to share how that person had an impact on individuals throughout their life

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

One of the things people fear the most about the end of life is that they will be forgotten. Goal of the project is to use social media to collect stories about people who have been touched and had their lives influenced by the person facing the end of their life to demonstrate how each person will live on.

One of the things people fear the most about the end of life is that they will be forgotten. Goal of the project is to use social media to collect stories about people who have been touched and had their lives influenced by the person facing the end of their life. This is important for older people as they do not have the interconnections via social media that younger people do, but it can be equally valuable for younger people facing end-of-life since they may feel they have not "lived".

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

Connect with local group that supports people and families facing end-of-life and look for a volunteer who would help develop the process & product. I'd build a project team with the volunteer & engage the President of our local community college and to develop a class or project that would bring in students and instructors/experts to develop the web-based tools, the social media outreach, and the media/end product development.

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

Social media experts that could assist in guiding the process of human-centered design to keep the person facing the end of their life & their family at the center of the project while figuring out how to connect to all the stories of their life. The main connections are easy - family, life-long friends, etc - but what I'm trying to capture is the incidental stories of someone who observed an event in the person's life that influenced in a meaningful way the observer's life.

Tell us about your work experience:

I'm an explorer. My training is in engineering & business. My first love was interplanetary exploration & was directly involved in several major missions through a job at JPL. Got into healthcare over 15 yrs ago - fell in love with the opportunity to explore the technology & process of people care.

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Jennifer Stanek , this is a really interesting concept and I think you are onto something! Often, our impact can be felt not just by family and friends, but by those in our community, those we interact with. Perhaps the collection of stories can start even before the diagnosis. Perhaps the product could be multi-medium, including voice recording, notes, postcards, poems, in addition to social media. They could be sprinkled throughout the end of life period, reminding the person daily or weekly, how their being have made a difference. I think the end result can be very impactful!

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Congrats on this being today's Featured Contribution!

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Jennifer Stanek  , I absolutely love this idea. I am a Palliative and Hospice Care nurse and I often ask this question myself - how many people have I impacted or benefitted in a positive way? I was walking out of the hospital the other evening and really gave this question a lot of thought. So much of our human nature and connectedness is based on love and altruism. Many people that I care for who are dying will ask similar questions of how many people they've helped through their interactions, compassion, and wisdom. This really gives people such tremendous meaning and a feeling of completion at the end of life, allowing for a more peaceful death.

What's interesting and different about your idea is that it's not limited to personal stories from family and loved ones/friends. Imagine how incredibly moving it would be for a person to know how they've inspired and impacted a whole host of other individuals that they are completely unaware of. How meaningful. 

I look forward to seeing how your idea manifests. Thank you so much for sharing! 

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Thank you for your support of this idea.  I'm eager to refine the details - in particular what the end product might be and how it would be shared with the person facing the end of their life.  Please send any ideas you have around this given your role caring for palliative care & hospice patients.

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Hi Jennifer, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.