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MAINTAINING THE PHYSICAL CONNECTIONS

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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When we get together with groups of people, we inspire, we talk, we solve, we create. We go away inspired, get on with our lives, and slowly forget. Maybe a slightly pessimistic view, but with busy lives this is often the case. If there was a reason to maintain the connection through these groups of people then the ideas could grow...

Let's look at the worse case scenario: With a very busy life:
- Social visits are hard to maintain (how often have you postponed a friend/said: can we go to the cinema next week, as I have to work late/I'm really tired so need an early night...?)
- Eating good meals and cooking can get replaced with convenience
- Exercise stops/slows down

Just a few of the side affects but these are often  the things that keep our brain happy, healthy, and flexible - with the ability to solve problems. When on holiday/with the kids, our brains are often in the right place for creating things and becoming open to new thoughts and situations, which is why the 'makers fair' inspiration sparked off a few thoughts previously.

In relation to a previous inspiration, PHYSICALLY connecting human beings is something that I think would be incredibally important in building an even greater Network for Open Ideo. Collabourating the GREAT minds. Focussing on the REAL problems. The one forseen issue with this being MAINTAINING THE CONNECTION. The internet is something that does this very well, as we can go on the internet whenever we want, and also almost wherever we want, so it fits into our convenience. However this is more difficult with physical groups of people, due to other commitments/children/work/location etc. etc.

So the challenge is: HOW DO WE MAKE PHYSICAL COLLABORATIONS TO SOLVE AND ADDRESS CURRENT PROBLEMS AS ACCESSIBLE, CONSISTENT, POPULAR AND ORGANIZED AS THE INTERNET IS CURRENTLY...?

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Photo of Kat Ingalls

Great observation, Tanya! I agree with needing the physical component, but hadn't even considered this. Maintaining the connection is definitely an important issue to consider.

Building off of Russel's idea for using something like GoogleMaps in collaboration with FourSquare or similar, people that were interested could get together, say, once a week to work on the current challenge. They could be regular meetings, like a club would have - the participants could decide what time would work best for them.

An important thing to consider is that - like any endeavor - only those that are really *passionate* about using OI to create change are going to be the ones that show up. This is something that I've learned after leading 2 college organizations. This is true online as well, too. Being involved in the challenge online regularly is also a commitment. People will participate if it's worthwhile to them. :) So: how do we convince others that this :is: a worthwhile endeavor?

Another question is, Does contact doesn't necessarily need to be as long-term as it would be on the internet? In many ways, the internet is used as an archive for information, as most past OI projects are currently. In regards to the current challenges and the physical meetings taking place to work on them, those might just take place in the few weeks in which a challenge is active. :)

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hmmm so how do we make people realize that by helping other people it will help themselves... so like when someone smiles to someone on the street, it has a ripple effect, and soon you have a street full of smiling people (in an ideal world :)). And thinking about it that's why in simple sense I like Design (as it's helping people - it feels good to help). In a 'Bigger Picture' people do like helping - whether it's helping a little old lady onto the bus or helping someone lost in the center of London. So with relation to these few things, how can we translate this into getting more ('none Open Ideo' people ) aware and accessible to have a good input:
Make the message clear - so that idividuals are clear who and what they are helping, and can relate to that.
Make it 'Bite Size' - so that (like with the little old lady on the bus) it can fit into peoples life, like the internet can...

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And about your second point Kat, Yes I agree, the 'contact' only needs to be as long as necessary/as long as the particular challenge is, which makes it even more possible and easy to access :)

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