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OpenIDEO Open Source Platform

OpenIDEO Open Source Platform for deployment by schools, universities, municipalities and governments.

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Scalability is the key to maximal impact. OpenIDEO can licence it's software platform to schools and municipalities across the globe to foster innovation from the ground up.

There could be challenges linked to the curriculum and the DQ would inspire individual innovation and collaborative prototyping. Teachers could look up each student's profile to see and track their interests and tailor new challenges to spur them further. Concepts could be searched and shared between schools and feature in an annual national competition.

A "municipal" version of OpenIDEO could be used to elicit ideas from citizens on how the city can best save money, eliminate inefficiencies and battle corruption.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

An OpenIDEO Open Source Platform would allow individuals to participate directly in shaping their communal and personal lifestyle. Emergent creative concepts will save lives and money.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

SharePoint Webmaster

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

Public Agency Sponsorship

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Powerful thoughts on scaling for maximum impact. And I agree that an OpenIDEO Open Source Platform would be really cool! Any thoughts on how best to scale the important role that OpenIDEO staff currently play? E.g. facilitating the collaboration through question framing, synthesizing patterns/themes, evaluation guidance, thoughtful community management, etc. Also, what ways are there to both support local challenges/community involvement & leverage the diverse perspectives of the full OpenIDEO community to collaborate on developing great ideas together?

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Good points Vincent. OpenIDEO is more than just UI and software. I would argue though that many other design firms around the world are more than capable of providing the stewardship that yuo refer too. And i note that IDEO has done some good work providing the HCD toolkit for beginners guide that would be a good basis for an OpenIDEO Open Source platform toolkit.Re: your question on ways to leverage the openIDEO community for local (ie non OpenIDEO curated) challenges; perhaps it could be very useful to provide a gallery or some other way for the community to see & contribute to other OS challenges if those running them wish them to be open to the wider community.

Of course if not then it would still be exciting to think that the broader design and change community could access the tools without having to rebuild them or pay for a seat at the OpenIDEO table.

Photo of Dave

Good points Vincent. OpenIDEO is more than just UI and software. I would argue though that many other design firms around the world are more than capable of providing the stewardship that yuo refer too. And i note that IDEO has done some good work providing the HCD toolkit for beginners guide that would be a good basis for an OpenIDEO Open Source platform toolkit.Re: your question on ways to leverage the openIDEO community for local (ie non OpenIDEO curated) challenges; perhaps it could be very useful to provide a gallery or some other way for the community to see & contribute to other OS challenges if those running them wish them to be open to the wider community.

Of course if not then it would still be exciting to think that the broader design and change community could access the tools without having to replicate them or pay for a seat at the OpenIDEO table.

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