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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.

Please share a link to your portfolio

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: http://nicolepoor.me

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%

28 comments

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Photo of Anshu
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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
Team

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!

Photo of Gina Yu
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I'm all for analog paths of connection! It's pretty much crowdsourcing for insight and social progress that requires little labor and is simple and low-tech. Great job, @nicolepoor!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Hi Gina, I couldn't agree more. Thanks!

Photo of Talia Sd
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Happy for you!! You go girl!!! Wish you all the best
xoxo

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks so much!

Photo of eldy wullur
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Hi Nicole,
The idea of a postcard is actually back to the postcard. Before internet we are already using postcards.
It feels like something is missing, because greeting and picture postcard is very beautiful and charming.

Photo of Nicole Poor
Team

Hi Eldy, I choose a postcard as my main method of outreach to reach as many people as possible and to truly begin a diverse and inclusive conversation. I do understand that postcards may seem like a step back, but also know that more than half of the world's population doesn't have access to internet. The second part of my idea is to upload received postcards on a website where they can be viewed and commented on through an online platform. I do agree that photograph postcards are vibrant, however wanted to focus on peoples answers to the prompts on the backs of the postcards.

Photo of Joe
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Love the idea of getting hand writing down in this digital world!
Instead of sending a large blast of postcards it may help to have people "opt in"/ or pay it forward to increase the % of people taking the time to do it.
IE "This card was sent to you via "name of friend/family member" please take the time to fill it out and drop it in the mail.

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Hi Joe, Thanks for your comment! Handwriting for me has soul and is intimate and expressive and brings me closer to an experience. I also like your idea to have people opt in to receiving a postcard in the mail. This would cut back on postcard waste etc. However, requiring people to opt in may limit outreach. This is definitely interesting to think about!

Photo of Eva May
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The idea is good, and should get some interesting responses. However, I thought that the implementation plan was quite limiting. Not all countries have reliable mail service, limiting this means of communication. The postcards only post questions in English, limiting them to English speakers. An online alternative could really broaden the reach and accessibility.

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Hi Eva, Thanks for your comment. These are two important questions. The issue about languages can easily be solved by translating postcards into local languages. I do understand that mail services may be less reliable in certain cities, but also know that more than half of the world's population doesn't have access to internet. My goal is to reach people who don't normally get to participate in conversations like this and I feel that postcards do this best. An additional feature could allow people with internet to submit a digital postcard online.

Photo of Chase Hitchens
Team

I love this idea!! Can't wait to see it become a reality!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks for your support Chase!

Photo of Carito Reyes
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I love the postcard concept!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks Carito! :-)

Photo of Tiffany Lee
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I love it, and I love the use of the double helix instead of the typical hug I usually see representing diversity! ❤️

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks Tiffany! I really do feel that the way to approach creating an inclusive world is to look within ourselves and confront our biases before moving forward.

Photo of Joelle Leung
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Beautiful work, Nicole! I'm excited to see this developed in other languages. I can see this being a great activity for young students in school. Would you also allow for digital postcard entries, in regards to the environment? I can't wait to Break the Ice!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks so much Joelle! I completely agree that postcards have the potential to produce waste. I am currently learning about living a zero waste lifestyle where recyclable and decomposable paper and inks are an eco friendly alternative. The reason for choosing postcards as a medium is that they have the ability to reach remote communities where internet access is scarce, thus creating a more inclusive conversation!

Photo of Lauren DeSimone
Team

Nicole, love your idea and design, what about postcards in different languages to make the global conversation more accessible to all who want to participate?

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Hi Lauren, Thanks for you feedback! I completely agree. My idea is that this postcard would be translated depending on the city in which is it distributed.

Photo of Charl van Wyk
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Quality work Nicole ~ great concept & execution!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks so much!

Photo of John Primmer
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Love this idea and execution! It'll be great to see these card being gathered from all over and displayed on the website for sure!

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Thanks John! It would be an amazing thing to hear from people all over and really set the stage to discuss topics regarding diversity and inclusion.

Photo of Erika Díaz Gómez
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I think your action is very interesting, nice job!
I was just wondering about the 9 postcards creating a new piece. I may suggest to add a new layer with that issue connected to the original concept, maybe any part of the piece could be tight to a specific aspect? like a value, for example.
Hope this might help in anyway :)

Photo of Nicole Poor
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Hi Erika! Thank you for your feedback. I agree that it would be interesting to add another layer of meaning to fit each postcard topic. This way the fronts of each postcard would be visually tied to the question topic on the opposite side while still acting as puzzle pieces that make up a complete image.