Yes, OpenIDEO users are from all of the world, some of us are allready from old contiment and we are trying to bring good Local exmplaes, but may be we can still do much more ?!
In Visualization exits technique called puzzling, you don't draw network just as connected simple Dots, Circles or Squares, but rather as unique puzzle pieces. Main puspose is to encourgae mind to find dirences in common concept. Many inspirations are nice samples of such networks and we need local experinces and near border cooperations to see hidden parts of such puzzles.
Here is example of near border cooperation puzzlling:
TheHUB Vienna (Austria) start some time ago program Social Impact Award and it's now gonig to Czech Republic and Romaina. This program is from one side competion with awards, but from other side is series of open and free preparation seminars.
On 8.3.2012 was in TheHUB Prague (Czech Republic) first kickof meeting of first CZ Social Impact Award focused on to encourage students to start their social startup, inspired by this OpenIDEO chalenge and concepts:
o Chloe's OpenIDEO Ambassador (I try this as presenter)
o David's OpenIDEO Collaboratories (It's on poster, he has there HUB allready)
o Anjelika's Local OpenIDEO Chapters
o Ashley's OpenUNI
I prepare poster about OpenIDEO (See photo) and present it during breaks.
Can you guess how many of ~70 studets from various Czech Univesities ever hear about OpenIDEO ?
SO HERE IS SUGESTED QUICK ACTION PLAN:
1. Enrich OpenIDEO community
We will may be not be able to handle large Viral Marketing Storms due to lack of newcomer guides, see Chloe's OpenIDEO Buddy , but becuase all submitions are public, may we can simply pinback local subjects with links speaking about them in their specific discusion forums ?
2. Measure and Visualize per/by Countries
o As starting point we can do email subject trick = simply add code for country on begining of descriptions like CZ Books is glue for similar groups of peoples ? For Sure , this inspire startup bookfan.eu.
o Next step will be to add Visual Country Flags to both submitions and submiters (and whole OpenIDEO profile) (and BTW: How many users fill in Country in their profile ?)
o Make Stats in infographic style, Paul's interactive Google maps for submitions and pie stats for submiters (and whole OpenIDEO users, intuition is saying then addressing one specific region can (or must) unfluence users strucutre ?)
3. Help non-native English OpenIDEO users to more easly participate
Native English speakers many times over see this, but for most non-native English speakers takes writing in English much more time then in their Native Language. Solution can be to extend Kirk's TEAM me, Duane's OpenIDEO Skills and Chloe's OpenIDEO Buddy ideas by adding to OpenIDEO functionality to work on submitions in Pairs - Non-Native English speaking Submiter and Native English speaking Editor (This idea was discsued couple years ago as a one of potenital features of new system in OpenUniverisy,UK). Also Sarah's OpenTRANSLATE idea can be integrated, if submiter will don't have their English on enought level yet ?
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ZERO 0 Nobody from ~70 studets from various Czech Univesities ever hear about OpenIDEO !