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Cub90 riders

Using simple mopeds, like Honda Cub90s, bikers can be used to drop off toolkits to hard to access communities to gather information

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Building on Dan's excellent Courier/Trader network concept, 'Cub90 riders' use basic motorbikes to drop off/collect toolkits to hard hard to access communities.

My experience of riding through Mauritania (and the inspiration 'how can we prevent violence if we don't know it's going on?') where you could travel 100's of miles between communities proved the need of using  powered vehicles to help people travel the sheer distances needed to reach people.

I want to see people taking toolkits of information to communities which provide people with simple, engaging and information to gather access.  The riders have bags with Anne's Self administered interview and Arjan's enabler cards and Emily's first aid kit in them to create a valuable set stories to create IDEO NY's stories. These riders could either be part of a new entrepreneurial scheme (from Courier/Trader Network) or through an existing network like Riders for Health. This was also inspired by Paul's Ambient mural concept - just being able to gather some form of symbol from each community which highlights how they feel or what they've experienced is valuable for spotting patterns.  Patterns would be a good starting place to prevent mass violence.


How does your idea gather AND verify information? How does your idea keep those who use it safe?

Using bikers to distribute and collect the information allows all communities to be reached. Using simple toolkits will help many people take part. the information would be anonymous, therefore those that send back their toolkit would not be identified. It would need to be an undercover front - the biker would be dropping off aid or a standard product with the toolkit as an additional aspect.

How might your idea be designed to scale and spread to help as many people as possible?

using a bike like a Cub90 is a cheap and easy bike to ride and maintain. There are Cub90's all over the world with easy parts to fix and make. the bikes are very fuel efficient, last for years and allow people to cover a large number of miles in a short amount of time.

How could you begin prototyping this idea in a simple way to begin testing and refining it? Who would use your idea and/or who is using it now? Is your idea technically easy medium or hard to implement?

you could start by collaborating with an existing network (like Riders for Health) to deliver a toolkit to check that a) they do deliver them, b) to collect them and c) that the information used is understood.

How is your idea adapted for conditions in hard-to-access areas, such as lack of internet and mobile access? Can users adopt it without much behavior change?

The internet would only be needed once the information has been collected. An online system would be used to analyse the data, identify patterns and share the information.

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Fantastic, Louise. I think these hybrid concepts are really great! And wow, the SAI cards made it in there too!

Initially collaborating with an existing network like RfH makes sense from what I've seen and read, as you say they have an established 'way in' that can disguise their secondary purpose. Then, joining in with a local courier/trader network as it progresses to aid the overall sustainability of the initiative seems quite an important part to me, could also help with the trust factor. Excited to see what happens next...

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The combining of concepts like this has got me thinking, the 'Friends on both sides' concept I posted could in fact be launched and grow via a network like this. The success of the concept relies on there being a network of people who want to talk and share their experiences. They need to know about the network first though of course, piggy backing on a multifaceted information package like this makes sense.

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I was thinking that the riders could drop off people who want to move around. If people were trained to tell, share and gather the stories, they could be moved around by the bikers and be the physical toolkit. this could then lead into your 'Friends on Both Sides' concept - very valuable tool which should definitely be included. Good thinking ;-)

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Great mixing of your personal experiences in Mauritania to bring together this savvy hybrid concept, Louise.

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Thanks Meena! I seriously couldn't believe how far apart communities could be in Mauritania. We were on 'big bikes' which attracted attention but you would have thought the villagers never saw anyone with the welcome we received!

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Hi Louise. Thanks for adding me in the virtual team.

This is a good mix of concepts, which enhancing each individual value. Your concept is not only limited to provide a distribution service and collecting information, but also can bring with knowledge by training and educating (e.g. first aid training) people living in the hard-to-access.

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I wanted to make sure that the concept was sustainable. including trainings and education helps 'close the loop' and makes it attractive to more people. I also feel that using motorised bikes instead of push bikes means that people who may not be able to ride a bike, or may be too lazy will also be encouraged to join in.

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Great Idea, Louise, and a wonderful way of building on other Ideas. You might also be interested in the Story Maker Idea. I think that the Cub90 Riders would benefit from a story telling concept like that: http://www.openideo.com/open/usaid-humanity-united/ideas/storymaker-create-compelling-professional-news-stories-using-only-a-mobile-phone/

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Agree, Arjan. Thought I had already built on that concept but I clearly missed it - thanks!

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Great concept, Louise! I like the integration of ideas and how cub90 riders can be a simple and effective way to collect information & tell a story.

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Thanks Arpitha! getting the idea of story telling across is really important