Let's create a marketplace where people can come together and swap skills, trade information/resources, and match up with others who can help turn ideas into reality.
Today we held an OpenIDEO Brainstorm here at IDEO Palo Alto, using the
Brainstorm in a Box toolkit for this challenge. The brainstorm team included
Yusuke, Stephanie, Amalia, Katherine and
A popular theme today in our brainstorm was the idea of matchmaking – that is, connecting ideas, people and resources to achieve maximum impact. The "You Need...I Have..." idea is a combination of online and offline tools to help match up and share surplus skills and resources with people who want to achieve impact.
functionality on OpenIDEO, or another a completely standalone platform, that could help connect social entrepreneurs, innovators, and everyday people who have something to share with peers who are looking for support.
For instance, Yusuke might need help developing a business plan for his social enterprise startup. Amalia has that expertise and would be willing to trade her help in exchange for Yusuke's input on how she might fundraise for a local community impact idea she has.
We also liked the idea that this online platform could have a Skype-like functionality to it, where people across geographies could connect for conversation, mentorship, and goal setting.
OFFLINE: Have you ever attended a block party, where neighbors get together for food and conversation? What if we could create block parties for communities that focused on matchmaking skills and talents for impact? Similar to a garage sale or other marketplace exchange, this idea could create a physical gathering space for people to barter and trade what they have in surplus for what they need.