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OpenIDEO Ambassador

OpenIDEO Ambassadors is a unique groups of individual and /or institutions that are deeply committed to making social impact. The Ambassadors will help to 1) build awareness about OpenIDEO in order to further expand and deepen its reach and impact; 2) Increase participation in the challenges, and 3) help foster local-community based relationships between OpenIDEATORs.

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Types of Ambassadors
• Individual Ambassadors
• School Ambassadors (colleges, high schools)
• Corporate Ambassadors (e.g. big corporations that are socially conscious - (e.g. Nike)
• Government, NGO Ambassadors (e.g. Oxfam)
• Regional Ambassadors with regional/culture knowledge (Southeast Asia, China, etc)
and / or specific language skills (Spanish, Chinese, etc)

Role of Ambassadors
• Recruit new members - actively promote and share with their network about what OpenIDEO does and its contribution of making social impact. Encourage people to participate or introduce OpenIDEO to potential challenge sponsors.
• Connect new members with the community. By introducing OpenIDEO newbies to various functions and ways to contribute, Ambassadors help welcome and inform our newest members.
• Organize events. Organize OpenIDEO Tweetups and OpenSTORMs (see Anjelika Deogirikar's Local OpenIDEO Chapters )
• Share OpenIDEO tips. There can be an Ambassador page where they can share knowledge about the community, any local OpenIDEO communities, regional specific social events.
• Participate actively. Ambassadors are regular contributors to the OpenIDEO challenges, who have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

• Annual Ambassadors meet up
• Pride and Honor: Ambassador Badge on OpenIDEO profile
• Ambassador points - points can be used to exchange for OpenIDEO goodies (this need to be further determined and brainstormed)

How would the status be earned
• DQ points
• Community Vote
• Contribution to the community evaluated by the OpenIDEO team

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

This will lead to individual, collective and community impact. By promoting OpendIDEO, it helps gather more participants to contribute their ideas and thoughts to making social impacts. Particularly in non-English speaking countries, OpenIDEO may not penetrate certain countries/regions yet, Ambassadors will help drive some of that.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Great communicator. Committed to social change and contributing to OpenIDEO community. Event organizing.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

For individual Ambassador, there is no initial financial cost. For corporate Ambassador, they can pledge to sponsor a NGO for a challenge that they are not able to afford to sponsor themselves.

Virtual Team:

Arjan Tupan Anjelika Deogirikar


Join the conversation:

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Obviously we can all be ambassadors in a small way. So I like the original idea of earning official recognition. Sometimes in terms of skills, connections and financial capacity it is not merely what we bring ourselves to OpenIDEO but what those we introduce can also contribute. Perhaps a range of 'recognised' pathways to Ambassadorship would be appropriate - elected, commited and through results.

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Chloe, I really like this idea (and have given it a good evaluation :-)

One thing I think is missing is that I don't think the Ambassador status should simply be earned through the means you described (although these should also be prerequisites).

The Ambassadors are going to be leaders and role models therefore there would need to be some some level of commitment from their side, e.g. they could volunteer or "stand for election"

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I agree with you, Mike. It's not a one-way street. The Ambassadors should have commitment, and tell what they will bring, focusing not only on promoting the platform, but also on realisation of concepts.

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Maybe my understanding of realisation is limited, and indeed I have yet to look back at previous challenges. I understood that challenges were only listed for the OpenIDEO process if sponsorships were already established. Perhaps two levels of Ambassadorship are appropriate.

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Hi Chloe, I think this idea would inspire people to take up leadership roles in their community. I like the incentivising/recognition bit and being part of a network that gives you the opportunity for personal growth and development. That way it becomes a win-win for the individual and the community. Ambassadors from different local areas could also gather at intervals for something like a mock parliament ragionally, where they could debate out social issues and solutions on a larger canvas and actually lobby for passing new bills/policies with government.

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yeah. i really dig this idea. i was thinking of a similar model like a fellow, etc. well done, and look forward to seeing this happen. I think it's real strength will come from being a focused role/mission. Also I think this could be combined (somehow) with OpenIDEO journalist idea:

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Congrats! Your Concept is today's onsite feature – way to go!

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Hurray and applause. I've been waiting for this one :)
I see you have given it quite some thought. Looks awesome. In light of the focus on realisation here, I would add as one of the responsibilities that an OpenIDEO Ambassador should connect concepts from the platform to local issues and organise implementation. Maybe taking the role of lead-realiser, maybe as advisor to local governments or ngo's. That last point would mean taking a concept from the OI platform that could solve a local issue, and bringing it to local government or ngos, to show them that there might be a solution.

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Arjan, thanks so much for your thoughtful inputs! This is what I am looking for to develop this concept to be more comprehensive! I'll definitely spend sometimes to include your suggestions and build on it! Guys! Keep it coming! I am looking for your inputs and suggestions to develop this concept further.

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Great thoughts, Chloe! Loving Arjan's build around impact plus how this Concept relates to discussion elsewhere on local chapters.