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OpenIDEO Design for Social Good Toolkit

An OpenIDEO Design for Social Good Toolkit modeled upon IDEO's HCD Toolkit and Method Cards that includes a design process guide and templates populated with illustrative content from past challenges.

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What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

The OpenIDEO Design for Social Good Toolkit Leverages the OpenIDEO platform to make it accessible to a wider audience.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Storyboard content and produce the PDF

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

A print version of the OpenIDEO Design for Social Good Toolkit can be sold on and a kindle version on

Virtual Team:

Vincent Cheng, Sarah Fathallah, Krassimira Iordanova, Johan Löfström, James McBennet, Sina Mossayeb, Kara Pecknold, Amanda Rucker, Anuja Singhal, Kirk Soderstrom, Avi Solomon, Arjan Tupan, Louise Wilson


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Great stuff guys! Got any good ideas on how we might encourage those who are using the kit to loop back to our community and share their stories? I notice that some folks fall in love with tools rather than what can be achieved by them – so could be great to amplify what 'doers' are getting up to with a fab kit like this.

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i think this would require a more robust realization stage. right now i think the setup is an implicit "it's on the sponsors now". in fact i think that's how concepts are picked (based on what sponsors want). what if there was a "sandbox" of sorts where people could pick up a winning or not winning concept and build it out while chronicling it in the realization stage. i think pictures, notes, etc, that the user submits would reflect offline activity.

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Great thoughts, Sina – hoping you'll post your realisation sandbox as a dedicated Concept – sounds like a goodie. I promise I won't say anything about how you spell realisation in your neck of the woods ;^)

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@Meena: Tomato - tomato - OpenIDEO ;)
@Sina: great idea. I had something on my mind for that as well. We need a place where realization stories can be shared. To show what impact is being made, but also to learn from each other.

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@arjan @sina: I love how OpenIDEO has taught be to embrace diversity [of spelling] ;^)

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LOL, as a non-native speaker of both versions (or any version), I simply choose to mix them freely. Gave up on consequent use of s's, z's and u's loooooong ago.

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It would be interesting to get some insight into how widely the HCD Toolkit is used so that we could understand better the potential of this concept which is essentially repeating that.

Personally, as a corporate innovator, the HCD Toolkit is invaluable to me!...and starting to contribute to Open IDEO is just a small way for me to start saying "thank you" for that.

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Heya all, you mean like this: ? Would love your thoughts on fleshing it out.

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Actually Vincent – I just pointed out your concept on Mike's concept: not 2 minutes ago. In sync ;^)

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Meena - I guess I have to confess that I downloaded the HCD toolkit before I had the opportunity to look at the situations in which it has been applied. There is a possibility that I shall never put it to good use - however I still see downloading it as a useful exercise. As well as being a free download I notice the CD toolkit is also marketed through Amazon (who it would seem provide hosting for either this site or other IDEO sites). Apart from selling the end product to recoup costs can I suggest the cost be limited to a notional amount (anticipating recoupment over the life of the product but that what is purchased be time limited subject only to a free registration process. The carrot (rather than the stick represented by the time limitation would be lifetime updates and the ongoing cost occasional encouragement for registered "owners" to provide feedback on its use.

Sina - I applaud your suggestion of a sandbox - as this is the first challenge I have been involved with I regard ALL of the associated concepts as a valuable resource to not only be recycled and re-mixed within OpenIDEO (as is encouraged) but also to be adopted, possibly modified and used in alternative context. Feedback on the further development and use of concepts (successful or otherwise) can be encouraged although not mandated. Once again I dont know enough about the total process but it seems to me that indexing concepts to create a list of keywords (tags) for easily locating them in the sandbox would be straighforward.

Arjan Links to the chronicles Sina refers to, the realisation stories to which you refer or the "story book concept" referred to elsewhere should be incorporated and, in the case of "winning concepts" be madated. This should be agreed to at the outset of the process and the only exclusion would be any patentable item developed ancillary to but not directly consequential on ideas presented in the concept. I am personally of the opinion that any such narrative should be issued under creative commons with the proviso that its use should be subject to full attribution.

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Perhaps a simple registration process to go with downloading the HCD toolkit ( a la Open Office) would enable gentle follow-up on the uses to which it is being put.This would also be a way of linking back to OpenIDEO for users of the HCD toolkit.

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