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