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Open up the challenge-selection and challenge-hosting processes

Have a page on OpenIDEO where burgeoning challenge ideas can be suggested and nucleated through collective pledges

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Organizations for social good have great questions and ideas that need the help of OpenIDEATORS, but they are often too small and financially strapped to host a challenge. To host one challenge requires somewhere around USD $50K, which is more than many nonprofits can budget for a single project.  Could the model of advance purchase agreements (as in pharmaceuticals) be extended to expand the pool of challenges?

Let's have a page on OpenIDEO for posting "nascent challenges," which are ideas for challenges suggested by organizations (or individual users?) who have some capital for hosting, but need partners.  Organizations and individual users can visit this page and, if they are inspired by a suggested challenge, can pledge to back it financially.  If users love an idea but don't have money to pledge, they can applaud it so that other potential funders can better assess demand.

Borrowing from the search functionality of microfinance sites like Kiva, nascent challenges can be filtered and sorted by sector, geographical location, funding status, etc.

Once a nascent challenge is fully backed, and has approval from OpenIDEO, it gets launched as a challenge.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

It increases the breadth of challenges by setting a place for potential challenge sponsors who have the heart but not the financial capital to host challenges on OpenIDEO. Agglomerations of smaller (and bigger) organizations/individuals with similar interests can find each other and host challenges together. It also increases engagement and collaboration across organizations and OpenIDEO users, who now have critical input into the types of challenges that are hosted. Lastly it allows for partnerships to form between nonprofits, for-profit business partners, thought partners, and implementers *early* in the challenge-design stage, so that the pathway to realization is better coordinated. There will be less scramble to find partners at the back end of design, because diverse partners have been engaged and committed all along.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Web hosting and perhaps partnership (formal or informational) with other models like Kiva or Kickstarter that have established solutions for crowdsourcing.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

As an additional page to the OpenIDEO platform, it only needs a few hours from OpenIDEO folks to manage. Funding for the nascent challenges themselves will be crowdsourced and community driven.

Virtual Team:

Meena Kadri gave the initial idea of a Kickstarter model for crowdsourcing. Thanks, Meena!

Evaluation results

15 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 60%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 40%

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 - 40%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 26.7%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 33.3%

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 - 53.3%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 46.7%

No – it doesn’t help our community connect or collaborate better - 0%

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 - 6.7%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 60%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 33.3%

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

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 33.3%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 60%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 6.7%

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