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I signed up for IDEO U class "Storytelling for influence" in November last year. This is a self-paced course with assignments and activities to track your progress. The magic of this course is 1. you're part of a community of hundreds of like-minded individuals and change-makers, where everyone shares ideas, provides feedback to others and 2. you interact with experienced IDEO professionals. IDEO U is not only a great learning platform, it is a great source for open innovation, where ideas and stories from all walks of life evolve on one platform under the masterful moderation of experienced IDEO guides. I recommend IDEO U to the whole world!

Here is my final project for the "Storytelling for Influence" class.

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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Thanks Krassimira. It's interesting to think of platform like IDEO U and more generally MOOCs that provide learning and training opportunities in a flexible format, for free or for a reasonable amount of money in the context of this challenge. 
I'm not sure if it's about innovation per se, but it is clearly about 'open': opening the boundaries of where learning takes place as well as in the case of IDEO, opening up their boundaries by sharing their knowledge (vs. their usual consulting model). 

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Hi Anne-Laure! Thanks for your comment.  In my experience @ IDEO U I felt the platform is also an innovation driver as it helps entrepreneurs shape their ideas and get feedback. And who knows what these ideas might spur? Maybe more new ideas.

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Thanks for the clarification. You might also want to check this post by Helder on education and open innovation: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/exploring-open-innovation/research/open-innovation-on-the-higher-education-ecosystem/

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Great to see your final project from the Storytelling course Krassimira! IDEO U's very own Em Havens would love to see this. 

Photo of Krassimira Iordanova

Thanks, Anne-Laure!