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Top Contributor Erik Mooij

Let's meet Erik 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’m an instructional designer and project manager at Utrecht University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. I’m involved in interdisciplinary programs where students use design thinking to tackle local challenges and OpenIDEO is our inspiration for that. Apart from open innovation, I’m also intrigued by how people learn and what motivates them to learn. So next to helping solve humanity's challenges, I hope to someday find the design for the perfect school (which might turn out not to be a school at all).


WHICH CONTRIBUTIONS DID YOU SUBMIT DURING THIS CHALLENGE?


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

Of the many inspiring ideas submitted, I particularly liked the idea of OpenIDEOx (by Saad Hamid). He combines several other great contributions in one appealing concept. I like OpenIDEOx because I think that probably every analogy with TEDx is interesting by itself, you could say it’s a concept worth spreading.

Furthermore I believe that ‘Think global, act local’ is exactly what can add value to Challenges, their outcomes and their contributors; how can we solve local issues (better) from a global perspective and with help from a global community of problem solvers?

And finally, by crowdsourcing Challenges as well as solutions, you’ll get better Challenges. Which in turn make for even better solutions.


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

I’ll use open innovation within our programs to get students to tackle two types of tough challenges:

  1. Find solutions for issues that we'll have to deal with this year and
  2. Get prepared for the world in twenty years.


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

I’m looking forward to finding more ways to implement top ideas locally. To every solution — it’s own toolkit!

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Congrats on being a Top Contributor Erik! 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.