Need tips for dressing for a job interview? Get tips from someone older and wiser.
John needs: help unloading wood from the lumberyard
3 people are interested and provide times: John can select the most convenient time offered.
Rewarding helpers: Users can post challenges, or questions and rewarded for collaborating on meeting the challenges and answering questions, particularly when their cross-generational abilities and perspectives are an asset. For instance, a younger person providing a ride gains points for helping complete the challenge. An older person sharing expertise, or their own abilities would also gain points. As Meena points out, the OpenIDEO DQ system is an ideal model.
Users assume one of two different roles: sage and grasshopper. Regardless of age or generation, a user is a sage when they provide wisdom or pose a challenge. For example, an octogenarian may respond to a twenty-something's request for help on cooking. The octogenarian is the sage. A grasshopper, on the other hand, is someone who provides assistance, or helps complete a challenge. For example, a retiree may ask someone traveling to China to video the steps of the Great Wall. If a student traveler completes the request, they are the grasshopper.
Discoverability and Categories:
- food & cooking
- health & wellness
- odd jobs
- memory recall
- research assistance
- "I remember when…"
- Mechanical know how
Triggers may include:
- date / time - I need help on Saturday at noon | I'm available on Sunday from 1-3p
- geo-location (smart phone) - I'd like someone to pick up my meds at 1234 Main Street | I'll be in Chicago, who can I help while there?
- Online vs Real World - I could use a hand with shopping on Amazon | I can come to your house
Another area of discoverability might include sorting by area of expertise or wisdom. An retiree may still wish to share their accumulated professional and personal skills. They could search the system based on tags and categories.