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OpenIDEO Collaboratories

At OpenIDEO Collaboratories we: 1 come together socialise & collaborate on OpenIDEO concepts 2 dev skills & knowledge to be more effective social innovators & entrepreneurs 3 dev collaborative partnerships 4 collectively address issues that matter

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The OpenIDEO Collaboratory is modelled on the Collaboratory Melbourne currently being prototyped in Melbourne, Australia.

The big picture vision for the Collaboratory is to create a platform for participatory collective action on the issues that matter most through social enterprise and social innovation. It was inspired in part by the OpenIDEO platfrom.

Initially, the OpenIDEO Collaboratory: 
  • could partner with the global Hub Network and set up in a few key cities or towns globally - say Melbourne, San Francisco, London and Madrid
  • would use the meetup.com platform to bring together like minded community members keen to make their home town a better place for monthly meetups to inspire and grow awareness about what's possible in tackling today's wicked problems and develop concepts
  • annually would host a program developed and delivered by OpenIDEO/IDEO staff on process to develop concepts
  • would host monthly skillshares to develop skills needed for a successful social/community enterprise and bring together people outside the core project team
  • would have ambassadors/stewards to build relationships with key stakeholders in the community and partnerships with local government and socially oriented businesses
  • come together weekly for the core team to work on projects submitted
  • run quarterly weekend events – similar to Global Service Jams or IDEO Make-a-thons - to collaboratively work together on concepts that are submitted.

What kind of social impact does this concept achieve?

The Collaboratory works as an incubator for the development of initiatives with positive social impact, and networks of communities doing social good. Concepts are developed through processes with dedicated teams, and are given exposure across multiple channels with partners organisations. Participants are also given the opportunity to learn or develop skills and knowledge. It helps build the community and a network of active citizens who can support each other locally and globally to be the change they wish to see in the world. The Collaboratory model, takes simple and powerful ideas generated by the global OpenIDEO community, and transforms them in to real world action - anywhere in the world. The idea is for the model to be replicable and scalable - we are starting in Melbourne, next could be your home town. :)

What skills are required to take this concept forward?

Organising people Communications Fundraising/philanthropy Relationship managment (with key partners/stakeholders) Factilitation

How do you envision this concept being supported financially?

Meetups & Skillshare The cost of meetups and skillshares is covered by participants (around $20). Guest speakers, workshop leaders and facilitators give their time for free. These events are highly valued for networking and support amongst the group of talented, passionate change-makers, and volunteers for skill-sharing, hosting and other admin tasks have proved easy to maintain. Implementation of Projects for Social Change The cost for implementation of elected projects would be borne by the associated organisation, group, funder or grant depending on the issue being worked on. The Collaboratory core team and the wider social group would be central to resourcing funded projects, or crowd-sourcing funders for particularly exciting and engaging projects.

Evaluation results

22 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept increase social impact?

Absolutely! This idea will drive social change - 68.2%

It’s a good start – some impact is likely to be achieved - 27.3%

No – increasing impact is not the main focus of this idea - 4.5%

2. Does this idea inspire *you* to take action?

Sure does – I’m itching to get started turning this idea into impact - 36.4%

Possibly – I’d need to know more to make a decision about how to get involved - 45.5%

No thanks – it’s an interesting idea, but it would be best taken forward by someone else - 18.2%

3. Does this concept help the OpenIDEO community connect and collaborate together?

Yes – it does a brilliant job of enhancing our community connections and might even reach out to external partners - 68.2%

Maybe – it may drive increased collaboration but the concept would need to be further developed first - 31.8%

No – it doesn’t help our community connect or collaborate better - 0%

4. How easy would it be to try prototyping or experimenting with this idea?

Easy – I could have an early prototype running in a few hours - 4.5%

There’s potential but it would take some planning and coordination to make it work - 63.6%

Not really easy – this idea would take considerable resources and planning to get it off the ground - 31.8%

5. Does this concept clearly outline how it will be funded?

Yes, this idea clearly explains funding sources - 4.5%

Sort of – we’d probably still need to think more about how this idea would get funded - 81.8%

No, this idea doesn’t really explain where funding for implementation would come from - 13.6%

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We could probably think of some viral campaigns that could get the whole world excited. There should be some sort of reward for it as well. Imagine the ad from the Australian Tourism Board where they were advertising for the best job in the world - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtqShWzIBcY

Probably, with the help of some sponsors, we could create a best idea of the world contest with a huge prize of $50,000 or $100,000. We could feature the advertiser's logos prominently on the video. This way, everybody gets to win and I could see the viral effect when the rewards are there.

Imagine the number of people with awesome ideas but could not even get to present their ideas to Shark Tank, Dragon's Den or the VCs because it hasn't got any revenue stream yet. Sometimes, it's the matter that counts and with this contest, we'll be able to spot the true gems of ideas that could ultimately change the world.

As Mohatma Gandhi once said, "We must be the change we want to see in the world."


Edmund Ng
http://www.CeoConnectz.com

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DeletedUser

I love this idea. I had dinner with another creative just this week. We talked about the idea of getting together to collaborate on developing our ideation skills, kind of a Toastmasters + TEDtalks + OpenIDEO. I would love to see the idea of OpenIDEO Collaboratories happen.

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Hi David, I've just cross-posted your Collaboratories concept to our latest challenge as an inspiration: http://www.openideo.com/open/web-start-up/inspiration/collaboratories-where-potential-entrepreneurs-can-gather/

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Interesting initiative Haiyan.

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DeletedUser

Hey bravo David! Well done!

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Congratulations David! Love to see this dovetailing with Anjelica's Local OpenIDEO Chapters http://www.openideo.com/open/impact/concepting/local-openideo-chapters Where can I find the Social Challenge Collaboratory prototype - the link you provided gives me adocument not found error?

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DeletedUser

Congratulations David! The name çollaboratory in itself is very inspiring, collaboration and experimentation. Wish all workplaces were collaboratories, in spirit, intention and practise. Then the word work would need a new prefix 'playwork'! Maybe some soon day! :) I love love love this idea, and although in terms of skillset am best at creative thinking/concept building and consulting, versus mobilising and implementation, I'm willing to step beyond my comfort zone on this one.......so count me in for developing something on the lines in Mumbai, especially if there are one or two more people here in Mumbai with whom I could work together. :)

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Way to go, David! We love folks who are committed to social *action* as well as ideas. A well deserved winner.

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A quick thank you to everyone for your comments and ideas - you've inspired us all working on this vision and have helped us flesh this idea out even more - hopefully we get to share it in the final stage. On to development and implementation!!! :)
With gratitude, David. _/|\_ :)

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DeletedUser

I really enjoyed reading your concept David, and I think it is a really nice way to help the OpenIDEO community to connect more! -
Do you have more insights or thoughts about how to select the projects to take up on…. And how are you planning to involve the community (outside of the meet up group). Somehow, it keep me thinking also for the project by Candy Chang - Neighborland, http://neighborland.org/ - might help as an inspiration to your nice concept as well...

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Adriana - this neighborland idea is very neat; thank you for sharing this. I wonder if we could use this type of quick-feedback model to solicite ideas for the different OpenIDEO challenges? It might be an interesting way to see what topic is trending around the world from the collaborators in this community.

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DeletedUser

I see Angelika, to take this from the local approach back to global... Nice!

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David - are you trying out this 'Social Change Collaboratory' model in the US? You mentioned that there are federal funds in Australia for social enterprises... curious to know if there are these types of funds in the US too? I like this idea because you've built on many of the different concepts into one big concept. Good job!

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Also check out General Assembly in NYC, a beautiful open-plan studio space that offers spaces and resources for local startups, including workshops on innovation, design, business.

http://www.generalassemb.ly/

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Awesome - great idea. Thanks Haiyan. :)

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Haiyan - this General Assembly is a great model!

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This is a comprehensive concept. I am not sure if the concept requires a 'professional' core membership to maintain continuity. One of the strengths I see in OpenIDEO is its growing but fluid membership allowing Ideators to contribute as much or as little as their time, skills and resources allow. Certainly where adequate resources can be brought together in time and space I see opportunity to undertake a project from start to finish, rather as is done through the service clubs around the world. I do see Collaboratories acting as incubators and in that respect perhaps either growing out of, or spawning, Local Chapters.

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DeletedUser

the technology platform to sit underneath all of this is going to be the most interesting piece

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DeletedUser

This is a creative solution with loads of potential!

Looking forward to seeing it bloom. :)

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DeletedUser

Great concept David. I'd love to see this kick off in Melbourne!

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Thanks Matthew, I'm hoping that means we can count you in!?! :)

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Reporting for duty

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+1 like. :)

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Well thought-out! Great concept. I would be curious to see if this back-end Collaboratory model could come into concert with the front-end aggregation of interested partners that I was thinking about in my concept (http://www.openideo.com/open/impact/concepting/open-up-the-challenge-selection-and-challenge-hosting-processes/)
Both are important for similar reasons.

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Nice build, Jennifer!

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great build indeed. than the virtual and physical 'meetups' can go hand in hand. It is almost like raising a 90's tamagotchi, slowly from being an enthusiast person/organization to personal/organizational participation and even local (financial) implementing.

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Jennifer you've hit the nail on the head. We've been testing out a *very* basic version of that in Melbourne and your concept would be an awesome solution. http://doingsomethinggood.com.au/eight-projects-for-social-good/

I like Meena's idea of using Kickstarter, although they're only US based and don't support social enterprise - we could go with Start Some Good (am sure Tom Dawkins @tomjd would love this) or 33 Needs!

And Paul totally agree - creating opportunities for the online (global and local) AND face-to-face (local) is where the good stuff really starts happening. Thanks guys - this is awesome. :)

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Great conversations here! By the way, have you checked out the animated Collaboration Map for this concept? http://www.openideo.com/open/impact/concepting/openideo-collaboratories/#collaboration-map

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Great stuff, David – loving the work you guys are doing with Social Change Collaboratories around real world action. I wonder if the process for setting up this kind of OpenIDEO Collaboratory could be shared via a toolkit & guidelines so that any group that's interested could possibly set one up. That way it's not centrally dependent nor so likely to favour those living in main centers, making it more 'open'. Think TEDx model.There's no reason why a motivated group of OpenIDEATORS in Colombia couldn't set one up & seek local funding, right? Like these guys: http://bit.ly/maternal_real

You might also want to link this concept up to ones like this: http://www.openideo.com/open/impact/concepting/openideo-ambassador-/ and other local, offline ideas via the Update button and Build Upon Feature. That way those concept authors will get an email notification and are likely to come join this conversation :^)

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Hey Meena! Vision for the Collaboratory is to make it replicable and scalable. Was considering starting in only a few cities where there is an engaged, innovative social change community to set up OpenIDEO Collaboratories in the next year as a pilot. Surprisingly, it doesn't actually take that much work once you pull a team together.
Am most definitely up for collaboration and partnership with other OpenIDEATORS - I only just got this submitted right on the deadline so will make sure I add those details in now.
There's a bunch of great ideas in here and feels like it's a rich pool from which to combine and cocreate from like in Brisbane. :)

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Great to see all the Concepts you added via the Build Upon feature – and I see that paid off in drawing more collaborators to come over to check the chatter here and join in.

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Great concept David. I was also thinking of how this could also lead people and ambassadors from this network to be able to setup small chapters for the organization in their own cities and town. The toolkit/ guideline idea that Meena suggested could then be handed over to these people starting chapters. These chapters will attract the locals to join the cause of the bigger movement which is the Collaboratories. Look up how the slowfood uSA has adopted a similar strategy. Also I am thinking this can enable the design and implementation of an app that shows the high activity area of the organization. It can also flag the projects on a map and show where it is going on and where a project might start. The map could also show various stages of a project. This could probably attract funding agents and other partners that might be interested in something going on in their town/city/village.

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Thanks Deepti. Like like like where your going with this. It's *always* been the intention that the Social Change Collaboratory in Melbourne be a prototype for a replicable, adaptable, scalable model that can be rolled out pretty much anywhere - all IP Creative Commons. In terms of getting established and refining the model a partnership with Hubs and TEDx events works really nicely to give a space and platform for people to come together around the online magic that is OpenIDEO. They are all organisations/movements about people doing awesome stuff with a positive social impact - imagine a global network of Collaboratories with regional nodes with OpenIDEO Ambassadors and partnerships with local schools and Universities developing relationships with communities to demonstrate the value and impact of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. How cool to be able to teach and inspire young kids about their real potential to do good. What would that look like to future generations - a platform that enables all citizens to realise their potential and create their futures. Now I think that's an idea worth spreading. ;p

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DeletedUser

Awesome stuff David,

I have totally bookmarked this as I love it's focus on community for the local area and look forward to watching the scalability into different regions and connecting with OpenIDEO to facilitate the online and offline ideation, concepting and realisation opportunities.

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DeletedUser

I'm guessing that means you're on the team then Will? :)

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DeletedUser

I'm hanging onto the top of the fence! I don't think I can wait 7 days ; )

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DeletedUser

:) me too!

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I like the idea very much. I think it can potentially create opportunities for real world action. I also like the idea of affording some "routines", regular meetings that are key to move beyond brainstorming to implementations.

I also like the idea of Meena of having a decentralized model like TEDx.

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Thanks Anne-Laure. Actually speaking of TEDx, there's also a great opportunity to use TEDx type events as a showcase for projects that come out of OpenIDEO challenges. We've been thinking about this for another project I'm currently working on - Ideas for Melbourne http://doingsomethinggood.com.au/ideas-for-melbourne-launch/ It's great to have a bit of structure and a framework to support the magic that can emerge... :)

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Hi David, thanks for sharing the Ideas for Melbourne. I love the idea. While you cite several projects from NY (where I currently live), I'm not sure there is such a platform and I think it'll be great. The idea of using TedEx events to showcase some projects coming out from OpenIDEO challenges seems really neat. Last, I agree some structure and framework is a nice way to help the magic emerges... :-)

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If we get to go further on this, would love to have your input. Should also introduce you to some friends of mine in NY too. :)

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Please keep me posted and would love to get in touch with some of your friends :-)

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DeletedUser

Dense networking and collaboration forms community. This is a great concept because it has the potential to create more than a 'system' but a 'culture'. That is a great vision to have.

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community, collaboration and a little fun FTW! :)

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Love it mate... totally on the money :)

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Thanks mate. Hoping that money will make it happen too. ;)

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DeletedUser

Excellent David! Open Ideo as we know it now is the attractor, catalyzer, amplifier of the ideas. But there is a need for a multi local grassroots appropriation, adaptation and diffusion of concepts cross pollinating each other and applied in resonance with Open Ideo. This concept enables just that. You know I'm in :)!   

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Awesome, thanks Helene. Looks like we've got a team coming together. :)

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DeletedUser

Great Idea David, So many great things can happen when you get passionate, talented people together to collaborate. Hope your idea gets up.

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Thanks Mieka. Hoping to introduce a bit of play to. Like the idea of playing to make change, like these guys: Warriors Without Weapons connect communities + share ideas: http://bit.ly/qX0RLf

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DeletedUser

Fantastic David. This is a logical next step (or leap) in the development of both OpenIDEO and the Collaboratory wave that has been building. The Gathering 'mega-Collaboratory' you facilitated in Melbourne is still one of the best events I have been to for engaging such diverse thinkers, dreamers and action-takers. Integrating this model of community-generated action with an online platform is perfect. Looking forward to seeing this grow.

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DeletedUser

Thanks Benny. Nothing like doing what you love. :)

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Hactory in Philadelphia comes to mind as a possible model:
http://www.thehacktory.org/

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DeletedUser

Thanks Avi, will have to check it out.

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Great concept David. It's along the line of thought that I was personally unable to articulate for this challenge. I would love to see this concept take off in order to enable a batch of innovators to make enact significant changes in the world.

Count me among those ready to join a Collaboratory!

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Thanks Matthew, appreciate your support and offer. Maybe we'll come and set up a Collaboratory in San Francisco... :)

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DeletedUser

The best part about this idea is that it is already underway, and there is already a global community behind it. Count me in!

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Sounds great. I have a project I am hoping to initiate in the next year or so that might fit within the collaboratory model. But even if not, the potential in the concept is tremendous, and it seems like it is gaining momentum here!

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Thumbs up from the Hub Zürich! :)

I'll bring this into the global team to see how this might actually work out at the network level. And we're already in touch with OpenIDEO to explore a potential collaboration anyhow, so really like this initiative! -> from open ideas to collaborative action for sustainable impact, locally embedded and globally connected

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Thanks Michel, that's awesome! If you need anything please let me know and let's chat soon. :)

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This sounds wonderful. The big thing facing in Eastern Europe is starting to communicate and than to collaborate on change. This could very much empower a young school going generation to realize it's up to them to wake up.

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Hey Paul, thanks for your comment. One of the things that surprised me when we had our very first Social Change Collaboratory in January, was how many people are keen to take action. There is also a strong belief in collaborating on, and cocreating, projects or initiatives with positive social impact. Am now seeing this more and more in discussions and activities online and face-to-face. I feel like a partnership betweet OpenIDEO and social innovation Hubs as an OpenIDEO collaboratory could work really well. Drawing on the skill and knowledge of OpenIDEO/IDEO experts and local community members, it provides people with a great platform for collaboration on the development and implementation on the concepts from OpenIDEO challenges. #winwin :)

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'within' many people do want to take action, though the empowerment is lacking. No inspiration and help.. yet.. Let's see where this goes, I am Open for idea to Hub Collab Europa region.

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Thanks for the encouragement David. I'm in Hobart and apart from the past 2 years have spent time (the previous 2 years) associated with a PCYC in a lower socio-economic suburb, and the prior 6 years associated with the network of Community/Neighbourhood Houses around Tasmania. I know that both these networks extend around the country and are conduits for practical social impact at the local level. Of course they are not the only social change agents operating in the not-for-profit sector and their existence is largely dependent on government (all levels) and philanthropic funding but their intrinsic value to a broader network such as OpenIDEO is their existing connection to their local community, the infrastructure already in place and their experience in local implementation.

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I really like the idea of real world action in this one. And I think that combining this concept with concepts like Matchmaking night, OpenIDEO cafe etcetera will combine into a great plan for local, real-wrld action. I also think it's interesting that The Hub is coming back constantly.

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Thanks Arjan. I think we can develop a really simple model that can be replicated, adapted and scaled. It also has the potential to bring together a community of change-makers to work AND play together and support each other on other community-based projects. I'm a big fan of an ecosystem approach with a bit of fun, creativity and innovation. :)

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DeletedUser

David - You are making such a great impact in the community and are very inspirational. Look forward to continuing to work with you on great things!

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heh. thanks Lu. :)

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Hi David, I like this idea of open sharing, learning and development and see myself buying into it. Often times places like the Hub host socially relevant talks, but there is no forum for open collaborative work post the talks. This fun informal way of bringing people together and collaborating would really work well.

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Hi Sabina, thanks for your comment. I've been working out of Hub Melbourne since it opened late last year and see strong parallels between the community that's developed there and also on OpenIDEO. The Collaboratory intersects both nicely and a great platform to transform inspired ideas in to real world impact. That, and the meetups are always fun. :p

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Hi David, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. We know occasionally people have issues uploading images so let us know if you face any problems. You should be able to use the 'Update this' button on the right of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring ideas on OpenIDEO!

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Have just uploaded some pictures from Social Change Collaboratory meetups and workshops we've held at Hub Melbourne. Have also included a few pics from Gathering '11 where we explored ideas for better futures and opportunities for collaboration for positive social impact. http://gathering11.net