Tommy is 10 years old and wants to learn about Outer Space.
Cindy is 68 years old and was an astronomer.
Stephen is 9 years old and wants to be a Paleontologist.
Rebecca is 71 years old and is a fossil hunter.
Sarah is 7 years old likes playing with her dolls and wants to know how they are made.
Zamir is 80 years old, an engineer and a toy maker.
Bianca is 14 years old and wants to help people in her community but doesn’t know how.
Richard is 74 years old and is still trying to help people in his community.
Michelle is 20 and wants to learn how to plant trees and start a farm.
Katrin is 82 and has been an urban farmer in Brooklyn for
the past 30 years.
Donna is 12 and wants to learn new recipes.
Luke is 76 and has been a professional chef for 40 years.
This concept began with the idea of "adopting a grandparent". However the core of the idea is creating a new relationship and after a great brainstorm session on how to implement "adopting a grandparent", th e Knowledge Tree came in to being. Knowledge Tree is about creating new and authentic relationships between those seeking knowledge and those with experience.
Imagine a system where users can search tagged subjects they wish to learn about or activities want to practice. Knowledge Tree would be a database of tagged knowledge, provide ways of getting connected, and its goal would be to create a community of people base upon real common interests.
This idea also ties in to many other concepts in terms of sharing the wisdom one accrues over time. It's goal is socially minded and long term community creation.
This concept has arisen out of my own personal experience of never knowing my grandparents, brainstorming during the inspiration phase, and reading various concepts already posted.
In my family I have an Aunts and Uncles who are technically not either. This has happened because I have a small family that is close. Personal relationships occur whether or not there is an actual genetic connection.
I have a single memory of one of my grandfathers and I never had a chance to know any of my other grandparents. As a child this made me sad anytime there was a report to interview one of your elders or an inter-generational day.
What if there was a way for children to adopt a grandparent? In the absence of a genetic connection, there could be room to create a real friendship and mentoring relationship as the child matures.
In addition to being able to share lifelong knowledge with a young child that wouldn't have access to that information, the genuine friendship could be priceless.