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The Reciprocity Initiative

A platform for workers to propose ideas for ways their company can use its facilities to offer services to fellow workers with problems.

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The Reciprocity Initiative

How the Idea will inspire the experience and expression of gratitude within an organization.

The feelings of gratitude don't have to be just pleasant sensations, they can also act as powerful motivators for actions. Actions not just of expressing gratitiude in words but also of providing beneficial sevices to the persons towards the gratitude is felt. This can be facilitated by developing and deploying an intranet platform, where workers could submit their proposals for projects that utilize their organization's infrastructure, for offering help and support in various forms (education, recreation, health care etc) to the rest of the workers and their families, as a way of proving in action the gratitude they feel towards them.

Who are you innovating for?

This is aimed to help the workers and their families of the Greek Ministry of Defence, and similar govermnent institutions and big scale coorporations.

What type of workplaces are you innovating for?

The idea could used in government institutions or big coorporations, that have many resourses that can be utilized and also many employees than can benefit from this utilization.

How you envision the Idea being introduced to your selected organization?

The concept can be submitted as a proposal for the improvement of the operation procedures of the institution that will implement it.

What obstacles, if any, do you foresee in implementing this Idea, and how would they be overcome?

The resistance and the inertia, that inhibits the development of any novel concept is the greatest obstacle. But it can be overcome through perservernce and the communication between the decision makers in the institution and the proponents of the idea.

How will you test and prototype your solution?

With the help of the IT department of the organization, a beta version of the intranet platform can be implemented and tested in the initial phase at a subset of the Institution.

What immediate next steps will you take if you receive an implementation grant.

The selection and hiring of specialized IT consultants with the appropriate experience in similar endeavors, will be the first step. The purchase of the needed equipment (servers etc) will follow.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

This idea came to me, during my involvement in the Design of an Indoor Skydiving Center for the Greek Army. The Center will be used for the training of the Greek Army Officers, but I had the inspiration that it could be used to facilitate the physical and psychological therapy of paraplegics who are former employees of the Greek Ministry of Defence or members of their families. This service would be an expression of gratitude to the employees, who are now in a difficult phase in their lives.

Tell us about yourself

I am Prodromos E. Atlamazoglou. I hold a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from NTUA. I work at the Infrastructure and Environmental Protection Directorate of the Hellenic Army General Staff and I am also a Professor of Cryptography at the Communications and Electronics School for the Signal Corps of the Greek Army. I recently received the Alfred Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Where are you / your team located?

I currently work at Athens, Greece, at the Greek Ministry of Defence.

Company / Organization Name

Website

www.army.gr

Tell us about your experience

I have worked in the past as an assistant in a microwaves and optical fiber lab, as a system administrator in the First Greek Supercomputing Center (AHPCL), as a computer programmer in the Greek Army and as a Professor of Microwaves and Antennas in the Greek College for Technology Educators. I have programmed 3D multilevel and parallel finite element methods for eelctromagnetics, i was a cryptanalyst (code breaker) for the Greek Intelligence Service and a virtual reality consultant for movies.

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Hi Prodromos ,

Great to have you bringing such an eclectic background to this challenge! I'm curious how might this platform interact with users and management in a company? I'm including the definition of gratitude we are using for this challenge for reference: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/gratitude/definition

Excited to learn more about your concept!

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I am truly and deeply grateful for your interest in my proposal and for your kinds words. I envision the role of the users in the proposed platform to be two-fold. First the users will be the ones who will submit their ideas, regarding the ways their company's facilities can be used to offer services to other employees, with the understanding that this offering will be a token of appreciation for their contribution to the company and the other workers. Secondly the workers of the company who will be the users of the platform, will comment on the already proposed ideas of their fellow co-workers, even asking questions for clarification (like the question you asked), or even propose their additional ideas for the improvement of a proposal. The management will take into consideration the proposed ideas as well as the feedback by other employees, and evaluate the feasibility of the ideas and the impact these ideas will have to the lives of the company's employees always in the context of inspiration of gratitude.
The way I see it, is that the platform will be a smaller scale version of the OPENIDEO platform, deployed on the company's intranet, and specialized only in ideas concerning the expression of gratitude through the utilization of the company's facilities for offering services to the employees and their families that will improve their well-being.
I always believed that a great way to lead a life, is to ask yourself what you would like to receive from the world, and when you find the answer, to offer this to the world as your contribution to it. This is the essence of reciprocity for me, and of the Golden Rule. I would like the proposed platform to make it easier to live a life enriched with gratitude that will enhance work life balance, that is so much needed in our times.
I am always at your disposal fro further clarifications.