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OpenIDEO Ambassador

OpenIDEO Ambassadors is a unique groups of individual and /or institutions that are deeply committed to making social impact. The Ambassadors will help to 1) build awareness about OpenIDEO in order to further expand and deepen its reach and impact; 2) Increase participation in the challenges, and 3) help foster local-community based relationships between OpenIDEATORs.

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Types of Ambassadors
• Individual Ambassadors
• School Ambassadors (colleges, high schools)
• Corporate Ambassadors (e.g. big corporations that are socially conscious - (e.g. Nike)
• Government, NGO Ambassadors (e.g. Oxfam)
• Regional Ambassadors with regional/culture knowledge (Southeast Asia, China, etc)
and / or specific language skills (Spanish, Chinese, etc)

Role of Ambassadors
• Recruit new members - actively promote and share with their network about what OpenIDEO does and its contribution of making social impact. Encourage people to participate or introduce OpenIDEO to potential challenge sponsors.
• Connect new members with the community. By introducing OpenIDEO newbies to various functions and ways to contribute, Ambassadors help welcome and inform our newest members.
• Organize events. Organize OpenIDEO Tweetups and OpenSTORMs (see Anjelika Deogirikar's Local OpenIDEO Chapters )
• Share OpenIDEO tips. There can be an Ambassador page where they can share knowledge about the community, any local OpenIDEO communities, regional specific social events.
• Participate actively. Ambassadors are regular contributors to the OpenIDEO challenges, who have a lot of knowledge and experience to share.

Incentives
• Annual Ambassadors meet up
• Pride and Honor: Ambassador Badge on OpenIDEO profile
• Ambassador points - points can be used to exchange for OpenIDEO goodies (this need to be further determined and brainstormed)

How would the status be earned
• DQ points
• Community Vote
• Contribution to the community evaluated by the OpenIDEO team

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

This will lead to individual, collective and community impact. By promoting OpendIDEO, it helps gather more participants to contribute their ideas and thoughts to making social impacts. Particularly in non-English speaking countries, OpenIDEO may not penetrate certain countries/regions yet, Ambassadors will help drive some of that.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Great communicator. Committed to social change and contributing to OpenIDEO community. Event organizing.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

For individual Ambassador, there is no initial financial cost. For corporate Ambassador, they can pledge to sponsor a NGO for a challenge that they are not able to afford to sponsor themselves.

Virtual Team:

Arjan Tupan Anjelika Deogirikar

Evaluation results

16 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 - 31.3%

No – increasing impact is not the main focus of this idea - 6.3%

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

Sure does – I’m itching to get started turning this idea into impact - 50%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 43.8%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 6.3%

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 - 66.7%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 33.3%

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 - 37.5%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 56.3%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 6.3%

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

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 18.8%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 62.5%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 18.8%

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Obviously we can all be ambassadors in a small way. So I like the original idea of earning official recognition. Sometimes in terms of skills, connections and financial capacity it is not merely what we bring ourselves to OpenIDEO but what those we introduce can also contribute. Perhaps a range of 'recognised' pathways to Ambassadorship would be appropriate - elected, commited and through results.

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