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I don't know how I discovered, but it inspired me to learn more about OpenIDEO and eventually contribute.

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As a mechanical engineer, I was particularly inspired by the Ghanasan Project, which was a realization of the Sanitation challenge. I was interested in using my engineering skills to make a positive impact, but few of my peers seemed to share my interest, and the opportunities locally were limited. At the Ghanasan blog, I found engineers with skills similar to mine doing great work to help people in the third world and was reminded that I CAN use my skills to make an impact. I wanted to learn more about their work, and eventually found openIDEO. Here, I discovered I can use so much more than my engineering skills to help!

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Awesome that you found your way to OpenIDEO through the Ghanasan website Russell.

I think Ghanasan is great example of a challenge that partnered insights, work, & progress in the field (in this case, by IDEO) with our community's online ideating through OpenIDEO. Hope to see more of this positive interplay in future challenges, throughout the various phases from inspiration to realization.