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Top Contributor Aaron Wong

Let's meet Aaron and learn a bit more about what's inspired him during the Exploring Open Innovation Challenge

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TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a multi-disciplinary designer and strategist focused on social innovation through human-centered design and story-telling. My interests on design revolve around how art and technology can be intertwined; how it affects us, and how we feel and react to our surroundings. In my spare time, I enjoy advocating for education and employment for marginalized individuals, and hearing the stories of others; I believe that there is inspiration behind every story, and it is up to us to appreciate them.


WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS DID YOU SUBMIT DURING THIS CHALLENGE?


WHICH POST DID YOU RESONATE WITH THE MOST FROM THIS CHALLENGE?

I resonated the most with the post, Bringing OI into the Physical World, by Charlie, because I feel that there is nothing quite like physical presence. Think about a dear friend, family member, or lover; digital communication can keep us in touch, but nothing bonds individuals together faster and stronger than physical presence. The digital revolution has allowed us to stay connected and bridge ideas from virtual locations; there is so much emphasis on virtual connectivity, but in my opinion, not nearly enough facilitation towards physical connectivity. Perhaps we could create even greater innovations by pairing digital connections with strong physical connections. 


HOW WILL YOU USE OPEN INNOVATION TO TACKLE TOUGH PROBLEMS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?

I am a big advocate in open-source and growing creative cultures; we are greater as a collective than as an individual, and moving forward, I hope I can rely on groups like OpenIDEO and the DSIL community to gather and grow ideas with. In continuation of my post, Field Immersions, I hope to continue my practice in human-centered story telling and design, and work with participants to gather new and “foreign” insights. Last, I am encouraging others to dive deep with field immersions; I am currently working with DSIL to host virtual classes as well as local workshops on the subject. There is always more to learn, and ideas to expand on. I am always looking for feedback, and additional opinions; the more people we can bounce ideas off, the better.


WHAT’S ONE THING YOU’LL LOOK FORWARD TO ON OPENIDEO?

I was mostly looking at posts that I was familiar with, or posts that related to my own posts. After seeing the highlights from this challenge, I realized there were a lot of other interesting ideas I had overlooked in education, and other systems. I look forward to more conversations in systems thinking and other challenges through OpenIDEO and seeing how OpenIDEO will introduce new methods of OI. Perhaps members can propose challenges instead of waiting for a challenge and having new activities since meetups may not be an option for everyone; I hope that we can continue that conversation.

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Congrats on being a Top Contributor Aaron! We're inspired by the contributions you made to the Exploring Open Innovation Challenge. Looking forward to how the OpenIDEO community will build on these insights in the near future.

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Thank you! Looking forward to more challenges as well!