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Open up the challenge-selection and challenge-hosting processes

Have a page on OpenIDEO where burgeoning challenge ideas can be suggested and nucleated through collective pledges

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Organizations for social good have great questions and ideas that need the help of OpenIDEATORS, but they are often too small and financially strapped to host a challenge. To host one challenge requires somewhere around USD $50K, which is more than many nonprofits can budget for a single project.  Could the model of advance purchase agreements (as in pharmaceuticals) be extended to expand the pool of challenges?

Let's have a page on OpenIDEO for posting "nascent challenges," which are ideas for challenges suggested by organizations (or individual users?) who have some capital for hosting, but need partners.  Organizations and individual users can visit this page and, if they are inspired by a suggested challenge, can pledge to back it financially.  If users love an idea but don't have money to pledge, they can applaud it so that other potential funders can better assess demand.

Borrowing from the search functionality of microfinance sites like Kiva, nascent challenges can be filtered and sorted by sector, geographical location, funding status, etc.

Once a nascent challenge is fully backed, and has approval from OpenIDEO, it gets launched as a challenge.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

It increases the breadth of challenges by setting a place for potential challenge sponsors who have the heart but not the financial capital to host challenges on OpenIDEO. Agglomerations of smaller (and bigger) organizations/individuals with similar interests can find each other and host challenges together. It also increases engagement and collaboration across organizations and OpenIDEO users, who now have critical input into the types of challenges that are hosted. Lastly it allows for partnerships to form between nonprofits, for-profit business partners, thought partners, and implementers *early* in the challenge-design stage, so that the pathway to realization is better coordinated. There will be less scramble to find partners at the back end of design, because diverse partners have been engaged and committed all along.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Web hosting and perhaps partnership (formal or informational) with other models like Kiva or Kickstarter that have established solutions for crowdsourcing.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

As an additional page to the OpenIDEO platform, it only needs a few hours from OpenIDEO folks to manage. Funding for the nascent challenges themselves will be crowdsourced and community driven.

Virtual Team:

Meena Kadri gave the initial idea of a Kickstarter model for crowdsourcing. Thanks, Meena!


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Sure, I'm up for brainstorming! Juan, Johan, and anyone else out there, are you interested in setting up a brainstorm-in-a-box? If so please post a comment below and we can try to organize one. (is that the best way to go about this?)

I think both your questions of how to moderate suggested challenges, and how to make it financially attractive (for OpenIDEO? for potential challenge funders?) are good ones that need collective brainpower to address

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I appreciate your shout-out, but OpenIDEO have already got "brainstorm-in-a-box" so I am not so much interested in wasting time "trying to re-invent the wheel". And I am not ambitious enough to be leading organizations, but I will gladly assist with ideas, inspiration, discussions, helping with development and fine-tuning if you want my help and time.

Public Domain, Open Source can take place no-budget-style, but if any corporation benefits from the results they should be made to pay license fees (after a project proved its success, its value and profit to the people)

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I am in agreement with the sentiment that licence fees are appropriate for commercial exploitation of realisation and implementation of challenges. I haven't looked back through the agreements and policies we agreed to yet, but perhaps this is one reason that the challenges are initiated by IDEO (the company) and sponsorships arranged by them. I am no lawyer but to my knowledge there is no intellectual property in publically shared ideas but plenty of scope for profitability to those developing final product based on those ideas.

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I think I need to clarify : I also meant that earning licencing fees from any corporation that wants to join and exploit a project or service within their Corporate Social Responsibility program. But without an initial cost, to make more of the smaller ones get involved. Basically so they do not have to set up their own program or template for this, they can just tag along and piggyback from the start or in the middle of a developing/developed project.

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Thanks for the clarification: I guess I hoped that after cost recoupment any returns made by original sponsors would be applied as further CSR contributions.

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Also, Johan, to clarify -- I didn't mean that we should create a brainstorm-in-a-box. I was wondering if anyone wanted to discuss and refine this concept offline, that's all. You guys have some great thinking that I don't think I've captured in the concept

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