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OpenResources: Empowering the Community to Share More

To ADD a Resource section to the website where people who may want to participate and share ideas more clearly and visually by providing them with resources to express inspirations and concepts.

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By adding a section called RESOURCES (see image for conceptual mock-up and features) which includes provision of (1) visuals and (2) information, the community and would-be participants may feel more empowered to express ideas more visually and perhaps with more substantive information in addressing challenges. 

Features would include:

1. Visuals: icons and photos, templates (powerpoint), links to sites with free visuals and services, and ability to share their own creations or links
2. Information: the challenge brief, a "library" where people add information on the specific challenges, external links to popular and substantive data sites, and ability to add to the library

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

This concept aims at empowering Open IDEO community members with some visual and informational resources to help produce and effectively share ideas to concepts that have social impact. More than just pictures, visual explanations and even crude prototypes help others see the vision of the contributor.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

1. Collecting Website URLs for sites that provide free pictures, illustrations, and services 2. Collecting Website URLs for popular data bases and information sites (e.g., UNESCO, etc.) 3. Web development skills (to add the sections) 4. The Sketch Pad (as others have discussed/shared) would require either licensing from third party or creating) 5. Volunteers to help populate the links pages and "library"

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

1. Cost is primarily in setting up the Resource page with tabs and links, in addition to the coding to allow image display and search. 2. Sketch Pad could be a feature that members can pay for collectively (i.e., donations) or via subscription

Virtual Team:

Sarah, Avi, Arjan, Kirk

Evaluation results

19 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 42.1%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 52.6%

No – increasing impact is not the main focus of this idea - 5.3%

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

Sure does – I’m itching to get started turning this idea into impact - 57.9%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 36.8%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 5.3%

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 - 42.1%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 52.6%

No – it doesn’t help our community connect or collaborate better - 5.3%

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 - 47.4%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 42.1%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 10.5%

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

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 31.6%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 52.6%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 15.8%


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Hi Sina,
What's the state of play with realising this concept?

I have a couple of resources to offer:

1. A working prototype to provide a few of the other concepts from this challenge - geolocator, gather (events manager) and IDEATOR endorsed nascent challenges - its located at ; and

2.CMap Tools from which is a Concept Mapping tool - OpenIDEO could host a server for ideator generated CMaps.
I have used it to synthesize a concept map of the relationships between some of the concepts in the current Amnesty challenge and stored it in the public cmaps repositories - its viewable at



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