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INTERNSHIP for IMPACT: community-sponsored talent fully-dedicated to execution!

What if winning concepts raised funds (KickStarter style) to support summer internships focused on realization? Imagine teams of talented young people submitting video applications to spend their summer helping to make a winning OpenIDEO concept real. As done on clever platforms like KickStarter, many small contributions make it possible.

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The OpenIDEO and extended community is leveraged to source and raise funding to enable "interns for impact" -- world-class creative talent 100% focused on pushing the winning concept into reality. Dedicated, passionate execution teams will meaningfully unlock the potential impact of the ideas flowing from OpenIDEO. 

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

Depending on the concept, global/community/collective (as ideas become real). Individual: this would also provide wonderful real-world work experience for top students in design, business, and other fields.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Partnering with KickStarter could accelerate our efforts.

Evaluation results

17 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 62.5%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 37.5%

No – increasing impact is not the main focus of this idea - 0%

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

Sure does – I’m itching to get started turning this idea into impact - 41.2%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 29.4%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 29.4%

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 - 58.8%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 35.3%

No – it doesn’t help our community connect or collaborate better - 5.9%

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 - 5.9%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 76.5%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 17.6%

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

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 17.6%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 58.8%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 23.5%


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This is a really great idea. It is so important to support the next generation of creative thinkers!

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The potential of this idea is so great! Kickstarter assumes that teams are already dedicated and in place to realise projects, all they need in funding. What about projects that start out as the seed of an idea... how do we volunteer as project managers, as implementers, as planners... then funnel that into an Kickstarter funding process.

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