Challenges have been tackled successfully at OpenIDEO. These challenges require different skills to solve and so there is little doubt that by participating and contributing at OpenIDEO young people can learn and develop several skills that will aid them in the world of work. By Studying past OpenIDeator Insights and Professor Anne-Laure's relections on being an OpenIDEATOR (https://openideo.zendesk.com/entries/20794973-reflections-being-an-openideator) one can easily conclude that young people learn a lot when they contribute at OpenIDEO.(Also see: /fieldnotes/openideo-team-notes/openideouniversity/)
Some Reflections from OpenIDEATors.
“An amazing learning experience! Being part of this online community has taught me a lot – from small insights such as how to frame a question (always positively!) to introducing me to effective brainstorming techniques. I have often used the website as a source of inspiration in my own work and have learnt so much from the great multi-disciplinary mix of OpenIDEATORS who have widened my understanding of what design can be and what important issues it can can address…….
"When I posted my early concepts, I felt a bit intimidated. I perceived each challenge as a competition. I couldn’t be more wrong! I got so many constructive and encouraging comments that I was really inspired to think more freely and creatively. And before I knew it, I was hooked. For me, the best part about every challenge has been the collaboration. The constant community dialogue has really helped enhance and advance my ideas. Participating in the OpenIDEO challenges has really helped change the way I perceive problems and think about solutions.Priyanka Kodikal
" I've been amazed how engaged the community is and how much I've learned in just a couple of months on OpenIDEO. The way folks share their knowledge and resources on a challenge topic seems to have a snowball effect as the discussion gets rolling – if anything, it's a little overwhelming to see just how many creative inspirations and concepts are posted in response to a challenge.
" The experience I had while working on the Amnesty Challenge was like nothing I’d ever been a part of. This OpenIDEO community is truly unique: it allows anyone, even if they don’t see themselves as designers, the opportunity to be a part of creating positive change in the world.
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What I am proposing here is that OpenIDEO is itself an amazing platform for young people to learn and develop skills and therefore, OpenIDEO can be considered as a practical solution to this challenge. Hence, it must promote itself exclusively to young people to encourage them to contribute and learn.
So what can OpenIDEO do to help young people contribute?
1. Create Three DIY Toolkits
OpenIDEO can develop a DIY toolkit for teachers and educators which provides guidelines on implementing OpenIDEO in schools or classrooms
OpenIDEO can develop a DIY toolkit for professors to implement OpenIDEO at universities.
OpenIDEO can develop a DIY toolkit for students to open and run an “OpenIDEO club/association/society” on their campus
2. Add a Video tutorials section
OpenIDEO can create Video Tutorials demonstrating each aspect of the design thinking process and how to contribute to each part of the challenge. For example. How to Protoype ideas? These tutorials must be designed in a manner that enables anyone after viewing them to start contributing immediately.
3. Make an Inspiring documentary
A short inspiring documentary, demonstrating how OpenIDEATORs have learned by contributing to challenges, will spread awareness as well as motivate young people to contribute.