OpenIDEOer Jacqueline Morgan raised the question "Whats In It For Me”? Related this idea. Teammate and OpenIDEOer Selina McPherson commented adding- “On the "Whats In It For Me" front...perhaps juniors could bring community-building ideas of their own to the table, and get help launching them! A community center of problem solving for various age groups” this thinking is great because both seniors and juniors receive value, the community gains by getting complicated issues addressed, and many opportunities for mentoring relationships are possible.
In last fall’s Healthy Ageing Challenge OpenIDEOer Sylvia Stein’s concept “Designing-Our-Future Participatory Pods" embedded within the mature community” was in part a reaction to a comment from another community member. That comment was “Assure that older audiences will get a chance to offer our insights, experiences and good ideas!” As an AARP member I really understand this comment. Seniors are not what usually what comes to mind when innovation is talked about. However we didn’t lose our creativity or inventiveness as we grew, in fact those thinks increase with exposure and experience. Perhaps by adding that exposure and experience to some fresh community-building ideas great changes could be made in local communities, and meaningful mentoring relationship could be developed.
Building on “Designing-Our-Future Participatory Pods”, this was a simple concept:” To bring the Design-Thinking methodology to the aging communities themselves; To empower aging men and women to build on a lifetime of experience, collaborate with others and help to create and innovate for themselves and for their communities. The concept used the Design-Thinking process / toolkit, and included a physical space (walls for sticky notes, white boards, flexible seating, storage for basic supplies / prototyping materials etc) and a trained facilitator who would jumpstart the Design-Thinking process until the community could take over for themselves. ” The AARP "Solutions Jam Sessions" Meetups” remixes the concept by adding three new components.
- Local / community issues as a starting point for relationship building (mentoring).
- Tech Meetups as “community centers for problem solving” as the physical space.
- Using “Big Data” as a basis for problem solving.