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Connections for Impact

To achieve social impact in our local area, we need support. Share your favorite examples of services, platforms or people that help connect us with the resources and information we need to realise our ideas.

An idea for social impact is only as good as the people and support behind it. In fact a key component of achieving impact is connection – that is, getting the right tools, information and resources in the hands of the right people in order to make change happen.

Think about the wide array of methods that can be used to take ideas for social impact forward into the real world. Examples might include peer-to-peer funding, digital and non-digital platforms, resource matching, communication tools, community networks, etc. For instance, platforms like Kickstarter, Skype, Question Box; networks like mothers’ groups; communication tools like Twitter; and community noticeboards or social connectors like Meet Up, Tweet Ups and town hall talks.

Here are a few questions to get you started:
  • What or who is being connected?
  • How accessible is it (especially for low-income communities)?
  • Does it require specialist knowledge?
  • Is it place-based or remote? 
  • What kinds of trusted networks do people have around work, education, food, recreation, activism? 

You don't need to consider the details of what the social issue is or the impact they might deliver just yet – but let's think broadly about the options by which people can be connected and what opportunities these offer for various kinds of collaboration before we hit the Concepting phase.

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Spread the words about OpenIDEO. Further expand its reach to far and deep!

Spread the words about OpenIDEO. Further expand its reach to far and deep!

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Let's get people involved, physically and mentally. One way to do that is to get out there and make yourself accessible. The 'Makers Fair' inspired the thought on how this could happen...

Let's get people involved, physically and mentally. One way to do that is to get out there and make yourself accessible. The 'Makers Fair' inspired the thought on how this could happen...

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Open Ideo keeps people connected - via the web, an amazingly great resource that allows people all over the world to access. My question would be how can we maintain this contact and collaboration in a physical sense too?

Open Ideo keeps people connected - via the web, an amazingly great resource that allows people all over the world to access. My question would be how can we maintain this contact and collaboration in a physical sense too?

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OpenIDEO should use Project H's example of uniting community through courses, public projects, hands-on learning, and volunteer work to solve social problems, including education and poverty. Community is one of our greatest assets.

OpenIDEO should use Project H's example of uniting community through courses, public projects, hands-on learning, and volunteer work to solve social problems, including education and poverty. Community is one of our greatest assets.

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Using 'mythology heroes' to engage a 'highschool' group of audience. Have the option to upgrade yourself to be an 'Agent'/Wisdom keeper in a certain domain. At UrgentEvoke.com they did this very well I think.

Using 'mythology heroes' to engage a 'highschool' group of audience. Have the option to upgrade yourself to be an 'Agent'/Wisdom keeper in a certain domain. At UrgentEvoke.com they did this very well I think.

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Create or find a meeting place, either physical or virtual, for a conference enabling social impact and innovation networking and mentoring to take place between experienced leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the OpenIDEO community of ideators.

Create or find a meeting place, either physical or virtual, for a conference enabling social impact and innovation networking and mentoring to take place between experienced leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the OpenIDEO community of ideators.

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With 'social impact' emerging as a center of research, practice, and strategic focus among many elite business schools, I'd like to see OpenIDEO included as part of student activities (e.g. Net Impact) or the curricular projects (e.g. Presidio SOM).

With 'social impact' emerging as a center of research, practice, and strategic focus among many elite business schools, I'd like to see OpenIDEO included as part of student activities (e.g. Net Impact) or the curricular projects (e.g. Presidio SOM).

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TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.

TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.

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As many of the other inspirations mentioned, linking social impact to initiatives that take place around the world (DIY fairs, Tweet-ups, experiments, prototypes, etc.) is important. How about consolidating this information in the same platform?

As many of the other inspirations mentioned, linking social impact to initiatives that take place around the world (DIY fairs, Tweet-ups, experiments, prototypes, etc.) is important. How about consolidating this information in the same platform?

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