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Try It Out

Take a concept or issue from a past challenge and try implementing it in your local area. What worked? What didn't? Then share your story of real-life implementation with us.

This Mission asks you to review your favorite OpenIDEO challenges and pick a concept or issue to actually try implementing in your local area. With some of the bigger, more systemic ideas, implementation on your own will be tough – so don’t worry, we don’t expect you to spend too much time, energy or resources on this Mission.

Instead, we’re asking you to find a concept or challenge topic that you think you can try out some aspect of in your own community. Then, report back to us on how it went. You might choose to sign up for bone marrow donation, plant some of your own local food – or pursue something more comprehensive like this Concept prototype by an enthusiastic group of Colombian OpenIDEATORS.

  • What idea did you decide to try? Did it relate to a specific challenge concept? 
  • How did you go about taking it forward from your end? 
  • What were your successes, challenges, learnings? 

All of this insight will go a very long way in uncovering how we can aim for increased impact in the coming year. And remember, for this Mission, the more visual you can make your story of implementation, the better! Sketches, videos, photos and quotes will all help others engage with your approach.

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IDEO often talks about the mantra "fail early, fail often". OpenIDEO is a fantastic community, but there is still room for improvement, and learning from failure can help. How has OpenIDEO "failed" in its first year and what can we learn from it?

IDEO often talks about the mantra "fail early, fail often". OpenIDEO is a fantastic community, but there is still room for improvement, and learning from failure can help. How has OpenIDEO "failed" in its first year and what can we learn from it?

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The Pass It On concept in the bone marrow challenge stuck with me. I really loved the idea. When later the OpenIDEO team launched the This Inspires Us initiative, I saw an opportunity to celebrate change: participatory business cards.

The Pass It On concept in the bone marrow challenge stuck with me. I really loved the idea. When later the OpenIDEO team launched the This Inspires Us initiative, I saw an opportunity to celebrate change: participatory business cards.

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In this memorable TED Talk, Interface founder Ray Anderson explains how he turned his company around to have a positive impact on environment, in stead of being a plunderer of the world. This man is the embodiment of impact.

In this memorable TED Talk, Interface founder Ray Anderson explains how he turned his company around to have a positive impact on environment, in stead of being a plunderer of the world. This man is the embodiment of impact.

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Most of you probably know about Kickstarter, the super cool funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to art, technology, design, food, and other projects.

Most of you probably know about Kickstarter, the super cool funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to art, technology, design, food, and other projects.

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