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Break The Ice

Participate in a global conversation while confronting your bias with a nine question postcard series distributed around the world.

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Diversity is a fact, inclusivity is an action. Before we partake in conversations addressing diversity and inclusion, we must take a look within ourselves and communities and confront our biases. My proposal includes a series of nine postcard handouts with prompting questions that will be distributed across the globe. Once answered, postcards will be sent back to OpenIDEO (postage prepaid by sponsors) and displayed on the challenge homepage for participants to read and comment on.

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The current projects in my portfolio represent my desire to create positive impact through design and technology, moving away from my past work in fashion advertising. Portfolio:

Why do you want to be OpenIDEO's Visual and User Experience Designer?

This year I was able to focus my time on positive impact projects while traveling to five continents and volunteering my time and skills to diverse communities. My travels have empowered me to seek out interests and work on projects that align with my values. Empowering people and enabling positive change is what drives me and IDEO has always been a role model. I want to work with passionate individuals who are at the forefront of the global effort to create positive impact through design.

How many years of experience do you have?

  • More than 5 years of experience

How did you hear about this challenge?

An email sent from Jason, Luisa and the OpenIDEO team. I am also a long time follower of IDEO and Designs On—.

What did you learn when developing the deliverables in response to the design brief?

- Take time to ask A LOT of questions, reflect and start conversations. - Make an effort to connect with the user’s emotions, goals, problems and motivations. - Don’t design in isolation. - Constant curiosity is key. - Documenting my creative and thought processes allowed me to backtrack efficiently and explore new approaches to the challenge.

Evaluation results

50 evaluations so far

1. Does the designer appeal to a global audience?

The designer speaks to diverse audiences - 80%

It's hard to tell - 8%

The design doesn't appeal to a global audience - 12%

2. After viewing this designer’s deliverables and portfolio you would:

I love it. I’ll share it with my social networks - 60%

It’s ok. I’ll give it a like - 38%

I don’t like it. I’ll close the tab - 2%


Join the conversation:

Photo of Anshu

Hi Nicole,
This is a great idea. A great way of interacting with people from across the globe.
But this idea of postcards, maybe not just mailing them, can be used for a lot more things like:
1. The postcards can be used by educationists also for teaching teenagers to be inclusive when they are interacting with other kids their age.
2. These can also be used as a team building exercise in a multicultural organisation.
3. These can be used by communities to create a connection between people and have a close knit society.
All the best to you.

Photo of Nicole Poor

Hi Anshu! Thank you for your feedback. I couldn't agree more. I really love the idea of branching out and using these postcard prompts in education and work environments. Best wishes to you too!

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