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Design concepts for a positive bottom line

Having Open Source concepts as a result of challenges, for anyone to use to create positive social impact, is great. But apart from doers having to be able to find this wonderful repository we created the past year, we should also make it easy for them to see how it will look financially. Can we not add a sub-phase, or incorporate in late-stage concepting phase, a way to include budget and estimated financial prognosis for concepts?

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Showing that, at least at first glance, a concept is financially viable, may make it easy for people to find funds for realizing that concept and creating impact. It will help lower the barrier of adaptation, I think.

As follows from early comments, I think the refinement stage that was introduced recently, in which concepts that have been chosen for the final evaluation round can be further refined, is a good place for this.

Content-wise, the business model visualisation framework that was also used in the workshops in Brisbane for the local food challenge, could be a good framework to use.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

This will allow potential concept realisators to assess what is needed to make the concepts real, and would hopefully lower the barrier for adopting and implementing concepts.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Some business plan and financial budgeting/prognosis skills. And some researching skills to find the right (market) data. In short, nothing that is not available yet in our wide 17000 member community. Using the business model framework.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

As it will be incorporated in the challenge process, there will be only limited need for extra financial support. It might take some development, increased workload on community managers and some extra storage space costs.

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Evaluation results

14 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 57.1%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 35.7%

No – increasing impact is not the main focus of this idea - 7.1%

2. Does this idea inspire *you* to take action?

Sure does – I’m itching to get started turning this idea into impact - 35.7%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 50%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 14.3%

3. Does this concept help the OpenIDEO community connect and collaborate together?

Yes – it does a brilliant job of enhancing our community connections and might even reach out to external partners - 21.4%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 57.1%

No – it doesn’t help our community connect or collaborate better - 21.4%

4. How easy would it be to try prototyping or experimenting with this idea?

Easy – I could have an early prototype running in a few hours - 21.4%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 64.3%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 14.3%

5. Does this concept clearly outline how it will be funded?

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 28.6%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 64.3%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 7.1%

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I agree that this is potentially important but should not be allowed to discourage concept development (if the conceptor only has limited ideas of how the concept could be financed). I assumed that part of the refinement between concept and evaluation phases involved some contribution from those on the OpenIDEO team with skills in this area. Having only so far participated in Applause and Evaluation phases I dont quite yet have a feel for the whole process. However I would venture to suggest that this is a component of evaluation, which I see as complimentary to things like prototyping. Each of us brings something to each phase and perhaps collaborations between those with the expertise during the evaluation phase would be helpful. Perhaps if OpenIDEO settles on a standard business model some Ideators could join this 'specialised' component of evaluation phase.

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Thanks for your comment, Paul. And you're absolutely right, it should not discourage concept development. This idea is really geared towards increasing collaboration as well. First of all, the model allows for some quick sketching, so it should be easy to use for everybody. Secondly, I really hope that it encourages people who have ideas for it, to contribute to the concept.
Regarding the process, normally the OpenIDEO team (that is surprisingly small considering what they pull off), do not 'interfere' with the concepts. Mostly they encourage collaboration from the commnunity. And the platform, including the process, are constantly evolving.
By the way, considering your comments so far: glad you've found the platform. I look forward to your contributions in the next challenge.

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Thanks for your encouragement Arjan. I try to put as much thought as possible into my contributions including any sticking points I might percieve. If I can suggest possible alternatives or enhancements I will - if not I hope my comments are sufficiently clear for others to refute, embrace or otherwise respond.
Hopefully when this evaluation phase is over I will have time to review previous challenges and gain a better understanding of the process. I enjoy healthy debate on concepts, issues etc. but try to avoid getting into unproductive 'argument'.

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That seems to be the spirit that is greatly appreciated in this platform. By the way, if you have any questions for 'Seasoned Users', or just want to debate and ask how people are using this platform, check out the user forums, especially the New Users section: http://3bl.me/qnz4bs (please note: that section is about users talking to other users, not the OpenIDEO team)

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Great! After the evaluation phase you will probably find me there asking questions. Particularly as I review other challenges.

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