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OpenIDEO targeted collaboration project

Let's create a specifically maternal health and targetted collaboration project. Let's work with a handful of communities and bring them on board the collaboration process. Let's create products that the community want.

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This project has demonstrated to me the value of online collaboration. People from aroud the world, with different skill sets, coming together to create ideas. Lots of the ideas on here are really cool but there is a question that has nagged away at me, are they what the communities themselves feel they need? Therefore, let's find out. Let's work with Oxfam, maybe Skype, Nokia and IDEO to connect our online collaborators with people in villages - pick say 5 villages (around the world), we then follow a similar process to the OpenIDEO but we get people in the villages to pitch ideas and objectives, then together, in partnership the communities go to work on them.

To advance tihs using the comments. We take the winning concepts to the communities and we get their input into them and then bring them back to refine the ideas to ensure that they are maximised and useful. It would require Nokia support and Oxfam in country teams to identify appropriate communities and act as a conduit. This will help to overcome technological barriers and keep the pilot project moving forward.

What is the minimum level of mobile technology needed for this concept?

There has to be a way for the communities to upload info to the site but this could be O as long as someone working on the project has internet access.

How could this work in a low-literacy context?

This will work in a low-literacy context as anyone with an idea or a thoght can contribute.

Which partners could help realise and deliver this solution?

  • Oxfam
  • Nokia
  • NGOs
  • Other - Feel free to elaborate in your description of the concept

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. Does this concept have the potential to save lives related to maternal health in the poorest and most marginalized communities?

A great deal of potential - 42.9%

Some potential - 57.1%

Not a lot of potential - 0%

2. How realizable do you think this concept can be? Think about the real issues faced by low-income communities, such as literacy challenges, affordability of devices and tools, usage costs.

It's very realizable - 28.6%

There are some hurdles to realization - 57.1%

This concept is not realistic - 14.3%

3. How much does this concept leverage resources and partners in existing low-income communities? Thus enhancing positive aspects of the way things work in the community as opposed to taking away what is a valued way of working and living in the community.

This concept works harmoniously with existing resources and partners - 42.9%

This concept does not work against existing resources and partners - 42.9%

This concept conflicts with existing resources and partners - 14.3%

4. Can this concept become self-sustaining and even provide some livelihood value add to the community?

This concept could become a self-sustaining business for locals - 14.3%

This concept still needs some work before it is self-sustaining - 42.9%

This concept is not self-sustaining at all - 42.9%

5. Will this concept work in low-tech & low-connectivity environments?

This concept is very well suited to low-tech and low-connectivity environments - 28.6%

This concept needs to be evaluated for technology feasibility - 42.9%

This concept may be too high-tech for low-income communities - 28.6%


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Hi Susan

I've been away so only just picked up your comment. Thanks for your thoughts! I like the idea of getting people from different organisations involved on the ground. I think different skill sets and knowledge could really valuable. If the criteria for this was based around asking "will it help to empower the community and can it help bring about different soultions" then I'd say the more the merrier!

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