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What's your talent?

Inspired by sparked's excellent method of getting new users started, why not have openIDEO have a way to help new users relate their talents to previous openIDEO challenges, concepts, and inspirations?

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Written by DeletedUser

openIDEO can be a little intimidating and confusing for a brand new user. For me the first question was, "How could I possibly contribute here?" In order to help people become familiar with how the site and how they could help, why not have a link on the front page that will help new users better understand how their talents could make an impact on openIDEO?

When you visit, it asks you to list your passions and skills you can bring to the table, then recommends challenges that would fit you well. Since openIDEO currently only has one challenge at a time, our system could simply relate a person's skills to a concept or inspiration from a previous challenge.

In my case, I would say that I was a mechanical engineer, and I could be directed to the Ghanasan realization.

Someone who works in marketing could be directed to the "I am not from far away" campaign from the Food Challenge.

An app designer could be directed to many of the food tracking concepts shared in the Food Challenge.

Someone with a passion for the arts could be directed to the Playwright Competition in the Colombian Social Business Challenge.

Inspired by Juan Cajiao's insightful comment below, I think it would be great to introduce new users to existing members that have similar talents and interests. I think this would be great to show a user that they can produce great concepts beyond their perceived area of expertise. Perhaps there is a musician who had a great logistics network, or a computer programmer who developed an advertising campaign. This could encourage new users to share ideas that they may have thought were beyond their capabilities.

It could be tailored to a person's profession, talents, passions, or all 3. This could expand the openIDEO community, bringing more skills and talents to the community.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

It could help expand the community, which could in turn improve the concepts and realizations.

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Web design.

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

OI's internal team, hopefully. There would be little cost once implemented.

Virtual Team:

Juan Cajiao

Evaluation results

19 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 26.3%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 68.4%

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 - 26.3%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 63.2%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 10.5%

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 - 68.4%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 26.3%

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 - 26.3%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 68.4%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 5.3%

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

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 36.8%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 57.9%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 5.3%


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Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Russel, I like the idea of having like Yellow pages of "talents". I agree that this could be really useful, esp. combined with the geo-locator, to put together teams - esp. for the realization phase. That will be a great way to help fostering collaborations. It will work not only for the realization, but also maybe when developing concepts.
Yet as you pointed out, it is important also to not "label" people as even if you have a certain type of expertise, you might be able to work on something completely different, and in fact, because of your lack of expertise in that specific domain, bring in a completely different view.

Photo of Paul Reader

Yellow Pages idea is great. Being able to locate people with particular skills would help in so many ways.

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