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Maker Faire Changes Lives

The Maker Faire connects people of all ages with a passion for making cool stuff.

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The Maker Faire connects people of all ages with a passion for making cool stuff.
What if we had OpenSTORMs in conjunction with Maker Faires around the world?

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Maker Faire NYC (I'll be there) is still accepting applications:
http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2011/callformakers/
I would be great to have an OpenIDEO booth there both for publicity and OpenSTORMs.

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Given this challenge is about impact – let's discuss how outreach events might be geared around this rather than just publicity. OpenSTORMs could be great – what else? Before we move on to Concepting, let's really explore the possibilities...

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There's a lot of synergy between the Maker movement and OpenIDEO - the Maker Faire exhibit could simply be someone introducing people to OpenIDEO and asking them "How about suggesting an inspiration/concept" for a live challenge.

Come to think of it each of us could do an OpenIDEO improv at public locations like train-stations or schools with a pitch like "Do you have a minute to suggest an idea that can change people's lives for the good?" Way better and more involving than asking people for money. And you don't even need an iPad to do this. Inspirations/Concepts can be solicited using paper forms that can be scanned in later.

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I really like this idea! We can even think of the person wearing a T-shirt that says on the front "Do you want to improve... (depending on the Challenge)?", and on the back "We need your ideas, not your money".

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*love*

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Already posted :)

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Oops, that was meant for another discussion!

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I want the t-shirt ;)

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Me too – though I'd want it even more if it was a social business started by an OpenIDEATOR ;^) Are we thinking about our learnings from challenges and thinking about how we can implement ideas ourselves? That would certainly be a great example of OpenIDEO effecting mindset change!

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Aha. I could start a T-shirt business off of Cafepress :)

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How about a t-shirt business with the shirts being made from sustainable materials, printed with biodegradable ink and made by people who get at least average market wages etcetera? Anyway, if you have some cool designs, I just might buy 2 or 3 :p

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