We have been having a group discussion of what the title of this evolving collective should be and I"m appreciative of all the feedback. Keep it coming! Currently, we're trying the title "Ebola Community Action Room" after Rebecca suggested that the word "War" has negative connotations. Others agreed. Rainer suggested adding the word "Community". Hence we have the current title. However, Bill, who has spent his life in marketing, weighed in saying that:
"If your purpose is to communicate what you are doing, then war room is perfect. That’s why you naturally chose it. It’s a term of art, not an endorsement for war, and it makes sense to anyone reading whho understands the term in a cultural context. It’s a well established concept for concentrating information to formulate an action plan. Citizen’s action room might be more delicate, but it communicates a completely different notion, which is subject to interpretation by anyone reading it."
Upon reading what Bill wrote, I tuned into my original gut feeling and it was aligned with what Bill says. I think Richard Branson's "Carbon War Room" sticks out in my mind too. A "War Room" is a centralized planning for mobilizing rapid action. It conveys a sense of urgency. So we'll hear back from everyone now after these new shared insights.
On another note, I encourage everyone to read Onu's message posted below. He is giving voice to the people most affected by this crisis and we can see how urgent and desparate the situation is. It also shows the unique opportunity that we, are that small group of concerned citizens that Margaret Mead keeps alluding to in her quote. We can make the difference.
Nov 9, 10, 2014
Things are moving fast now after our 2nd meeting. Josef did a new design and Rainer contributed an idea as well. I integrated those with all the past ones to create a new low tech indoor design. Then Andy fed off my design and created a new outdoor one...all using materials available in West Africa.
I also created a framework google document for the design specification. Instead of Ebola War Room, I thought it would be more appropriate to call ourselves Ebola Citizen's Warm Room (ECWR). We'll see what others think of this new name.
Nov 8, 2014
Great meeting today! We had a milestone...begin to bring people into our group from Liberia..Some people have decent enough internet to participate So great to have ONU, Cath and their team from Liberia including Mathew with us today. We learned a lot about what real life is like for the average citizen.
Nov 7, 2014
Andy did a nice design incorporating a number of the discussion points. It's a dfferent solution...not something that can be implemented by people on the ground. We have to manufacture it and ship in the kits. If there truly is logistics support from the army to airlift in the supplies, that would be great but these kits can also be transported in low tech ways if required as well.
Nov 6, 2014
Popup Tent design idea is getting lots of good interaction. The design page is growing pretty large but everyone's getting the hang of joining ideas with lines. Lynn brought up good point about coordinating the solution with those in charge to avoid redundant efforts.
Nov 5, 2014
Some good news today! Breakthrough vaccine presented at San Diego conference today:
- Maria Croyle, a professor in the College of Pharmacy at The University of Texas at Austin, Kristina Jonsson-Schmunk, a graduate student in pharmacy, and colleagues at the university developed a nasal formulation that improved survival of immunized non-human primates from 67 percent (2 out of 3) to 100 percent (3 out of 3)
The POPUP TENT team is beginning to work in the Design Mandala and seems to be working well! Learning some important lessons that we will discuss on Saturday to propose some new changes to make workflow more efficient.
Nov 3, 2014
- Create first draft of spreadsheet with all Ideo design solutions with different subcategories. Categories are a bit mixed up right now but will straighten out tomorrow.
Nov 2, 2014
- Created a Design page layout for the popup tent solution including a design mandala page
- The design mandala starts at the top and new knowledge is added in a downward direction. It is divided into radial sectors with social / cultural / psychological / local environment on the left and technical / engineering / scientific / manufacturing / industrial design to the right. All these sectorial ideas can be connected to each other.
- start using Google spreadsheets for capturing pros and cons - this one for pros and cons of manufacturing options for popup tent. I captured Andy's thoughts and restructured them.
- These can be used as templates for any design team doing their detailed design planning
Nov 1, 2014
Great first meeting of the Ebola War Room group on Skype today:
- Miriam Canadian PhD student in health sciences, Medical anthropology, native Cameroonian and doer of many health care projects in Africa
- Siyo, Dr. and cultural expert from Africa, practicing in Canada and in Ottawa attending a conference today to present a poster on contraceptive ideas in market women in Nigeria
- Andy, Industrial designer and circular economy MBA student from Australia
- Josef, Design student from Netherlands
- David, General Practitioner from UK who came up with the brilliant low tech popup protection tent idea we are all working on right now
- Jay of Coolshirts, in absentia (was on a plane flight unfortunately!) but who can give us some good ideas of low tech cooling ideas for West Africa
- Jay was featured in a great Huffpost article today: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/31/obama-ebola-strategy_n_6082454.html about the OPEN IDEO Challenge.
- Today's meeting was a general introduction to each other and discussion focused on David Walker's great idea of a low tech, rapid to implement popup tent that can make a huge difference on the community side to perform harm reduction and protect caregivers from ebola. The minutes are posted up on our Kerika page if you want to help. We meet again next week at 2pm South Africa Standard Time (noon London time, 8am, Ottawa time). Send me your skype adddress if you want to participate. Our goal is to have a rough team design brief ready within a week or two based on all the ideas discussed during the meeting. We will use the design page to upload all hacks.
Oct 30,, 2014 -
- Added color coded lines so that the lines don't look like a big mess crossing each other and makes it easier to trace major focus areas such as community, data & it, international aid, etc,
- Added a contact list near bottom left of main brainstorming page for people to add contact details...mostly for skype calls
- Added a new information bubble: WHO Situation Report, issued on a regular basis for team commentary.
- Added a new intuitive holistic solution page that has intuitive icons that show the major focus areas. We will hyperlink the icons so when you click on it, it will take you to the right section in the more complex Solutions mindmap page.
Oct 29, 2014
- restructured the architecture. It's a lot more organized now. Easier to read and less cluttered.
- Blue rectangles contain all the IDEO solutions,
- Yellow rectangles contain solution design details and
- Light Orange bubbles contain reference information.
- Create an Ex-patriate page. I'm excited about bringing ex-patriate individuals and organizations on board..they play a ciritical role to solving the problem.
- Added Community Outreach - establish an IT link between citizens of Ideo (and the world) and West African communities hardest hit using Google Loon technology and / or Microsoft TV White Space technology.
Oct 28, 2014 UPDATE - Making all BLUE RECTANGULAR HEADINGS ICON double up as pages for reference information as well. If you need to find or place reference information on the idea named in the BLUE RECTANGE ICON, click it then open it.
Oct 29, 2014 UPDATE - Hi everyone, Just a warning that if you go to Kerika today, it may look a bit chaotic. I'm doing some major restructuring right now to try to display all the solutions in a sensible way. I'll send everyone who's interested in participating here an email to see if they would like to have a tutorial on how to use Kerika.
Oct 28, 2014 UPDATE - You may experience problems with accessing the Kerika pages. I did. Their admin sent me a message yesterday that they are having problems with Google. Kerika uses Google services on the backend and any service disruption at Google will impact Kerika. I was able to get in but only after a lot of attempts. Just be aware that you might face the same issue.
Oct 27, 2014 UPDATE - Hi everyone. I'm just starting to populate the YELLOW BOXED DESIGN PAGES so that people can actually do collaborative designs within them. It's linked up with Google Drive so you can easily import design documents uploaded to Google Drive. I am also figuring out how we can make best use of the Kerika SCRUM boards for project management. The scrum boards are a great tool for getting things done. They are used in software design and the porcess of using this boards to manage a project from beginning to end is called a SPRINT (like sprinting to the finish line!). You can use the SCRUM boards for planning milestones, assigning teammembers,seeing where bottlenecks are and overcoming them etc How far you can take your designs will all depend on the teams we can put together. A design takes a specialized team to complete. The more diverse skillsets available on the Open Ideo platform, the more chances designs will be completed. ...then there's the matter of time resources of people. It's all an experiment and we'll see where it goes! If USAID is going to select the best ideas, this platform can at least be used to refine the design solution ideas if complete designs are not possible. It would be great to have a skills database that lists people's skillset and availability. Would anyone be interested in that? Probably need specialized skills in these areas: mobile app/database/web/embedded/windows programming, CAD, health expertise, mechanical engineering, industrial design, electrical engineering, anthropology, material science, biology,biochemistry, chemistry, infectious disease, manufacturing, plastics molding, food production, waste management, renewable energy, fabric design, sheetmetal work...I'm sure there's more I missed.
Of course we are talking here about new solutions only. Some suggested solutions are from existing technologies.
Oct 27, Oct 2014 UPDATE - Rebecca made a good point...we need to somehow establish contact with local community groups in the stricken areas. I've been trying to do this but no response yet. If anyone has any contact leads, please let me know.
Oct 25, 2014 UPDATE - While creating the information architecture on the Kerika Brainstorming page and analyzing data to upload to it today whilst beginning to add some of my fav Ideo solutions found on this website, I believe I have found a compelling rationale of why 2 of the ideo solutions, when combined with current US DOD, USAID initiative to build 1700 beds in 17 x 100 bed treatment units can solve the epidemic. It is based on a combination of CDC director Tom Friedman's identification of the main problem areas on the treatment and community side AND some of the Ideo solutions. I have identified 2 Ideo generated solutions that when combined with the US DOD Operation United Assistance provides a complete solution to the problem that Tom Friedman has characterized. The two key ideo ideas are:
David Walker's popup tent:
and Kate Cho's rubber cholera bed:
David is pretty enthusiastic about his idea, and rightly so but perhaps he wasn't aware of how his solution aligns so perfectly with the CDC's identification of the problem areas.
Operation United Assistance can go a long way in solving 1 of the 3 problems identified by Tom Friedman...rapidly providing sufficient treatment centers. This is on the treatment side of things. Tom identifies 2 other serious infection sources on the community side: home care and burial practice. A practical and low cost design that fuses David and Kate's design could solve both these problems PLUS another source of infections. Education campaigns are ramping into overdrive now and these can help reduce the cases of infection through prevention. However, there will still be people who may not heed it. If this low tech solution is culturally acceptable, it could be a middle ground between protection and cultural practices, allowing the practices to continue in a safe protective way. We would definitely need anthropologists to weigh in on this.
If the NYU hackathon coming up can work with David and Kate on this integrated solution as one of their hack ideas and come up with a low cost and robust design, it could solve the other 2 major problems identified by Tom Friedman PLUS the problem of isolation infected and highly contagious cadavers. The design would have to be done rapidly and prototyped. If successful, it should be rapidly manufactured using the fastest available techniques.
Ideo is a great, unique platform but there's too many ideas an no way to look at them all in a holistic, integrated way. This is a complex multi-dimensional problem and unless we come up with a holistic plan that coordinates all the ideas together, we won't succeed in solving it...there are far too many feedback effects that must be taken into consideration.
Health officials say that one of the most ineffective aspects of the global response to Ebola is the lack of coordination. Too many efforts, lack of coordination = huge wasted resources.
In the same manner, we have so many ideas here, we need to organize them into a logical and integrated framework so that we can see the forest instead of the trees. If we don't, then what appears as a solution may be ineffective or worse, even harmful. Hence, solutions cannot be provided in isolation. We don't want to repeat the same mistake.
A network of solutions with social, technological, community, behavioral, cultural and educational components has to be considered simultaneously to be truly effective. It only takes one weak, unaddressed areas to cause the entire solution to come crashing down.
There is no reason why users cannot grow and extend this project organically by using other cloud tools already available. A next logical step can be to gather interest from Ideo members to have a skype or google chat teleconference to take the growing list of these ideas and put them into a logical structure.
What I've noticed is a lot of repitition of the same theme. Those main themes and their variations can be extracted and put onto a cloud-based agile, mind map and project planning tool I often use for project planning called Kerika.
It's free to join and I can make the first draft of the mind map that captures all the information on this Ideo Ebola campaign and cluster them into logical categories.
We can make it open access to anyone who wants to join and contribute.
Right now, in the world, we are seeing a dramatic failure at global governance playing out in many different cases:
1. Climate Change - this lack of leadership has been going on for decades and has now endangered humanity.
2. Middle East - no resolution for decades. ISIL or ISIS is just the latest consequence of decades long failed governmental policy.
3. Ebola - MSF is crying for help and nothing is coming except more talk as indicated in these recent stories:
It's up to the people to step up now and do something.
People can them contribute their ideas in a more organic way not constrained by fixed column format and together, users can create a global mind map that reflects a holistic solution. This can allow us to make a citizen's war-room. Everytime I look at the news all they say is the projections it is getting worse.There is a paucity of information of how it is actually spread. We need to know what is happening on the ground in order to stop it. Why is that information not available? In the age of the internet, you would think there is at least a few computers with internet and email or bloggers from those countries? Why can't we the people, contact the people there ourselves and begin direct dialogue so we hear directly from the horse's mouth what is going on?
My vision is: why wait for sponsors to do something? We can also do it ourselves. Let's turn these great ideas into real action. Brice de le Vingne, director of operations Medecins Sans Frontieres, the leading medical charity that has been at the forefront in the fight against Ebola in West Africa referring to governments and international organizations said: "They are deploying as we speak, but we still don't see the results on the field," he said. "The speed of the deployment is still lower than the speed of the epidemic, and that is problematic."
A recent Guardian story:
reveals what many have suspected, that economic interest likely delayed the right actions. There was a critical breakdown within WHO itself with the Guinean branch not informing head office of the seriousness of the situation. It took aggresive action from frontline agency Medecins Sans Frontieres to finally reveal to WHO head office what was happening. This gives us yet another reason why a citizen's movement operating synergistically in parallel has value. It's difficult to put trust in authorities when there is economic and poltical interest at stake in a crisis as serious as Ebola.
This is where agile citizen's movements can contribute with little time dealy. We can devise an action plan, bring in community stakeholders, set milestones and see if we can hit them. At the very least we can have an action plan we can turn over to the project sponsors that will already give them a planning leg up.
We should definitely invite people who have been on the ground and also speak to people from those countries to give us insight into the culture and what daily life is like, etc...
Anyone who is interested can just comment on this post. Power to us, the people.