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This idea is in respond to the HMW inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship. For some time I used to do PTMBD interviews with local business leaders, but after reading this challenge I think I can do better. I blog at The main idea is to engage the older adults and inspire the youth. These two groups are oblivious of the other and carry loads of baggage. One side think they have been there done that and another side think you know nothing I know all. :) Both are right in their own rights. I'll gather several older adults and youth group. The older adults will be asked to show their Youth picture + activities, Career + achievements and What Now.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Free Up Knowledge through powerful conversations between older adults and youth.
It is an idea stage. I need to work out some visuals and call up some friends to roll this out ASAP.

How It Will Work?
1. I posted the design challenge on my FB #FreeUp. Waiting to see some responds.
2. Making some calls to ask around friends to help me with this.
3. Connect with some older adults and youth to sit around and #FreeUP

For the community, appreciate if you can let me know your experiences with this idea. I am quite sure it has been done somewhere.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to test any assumptions you might have about your idea?

1. I just holler the design challenge on my FB #FreeUP. 2. In the meantime, I am interested to see how my FB friends respond to the challenge.

What aspects of your idea could benefit from the input, skills or know-how of our OpenIDEO community?

1. I'd be happy if the community could share out their learning experiences with similar ideas that I have. 2. I am truly inspired by the idea by Christine Valerio , superb! :)


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Interesting stuff, Khairul! Perhaps you might consider helping people better grasp how this idea could play out by describing some example scenarios which illustrate user journeys through some of the proposed activities you've outlined. Check this example: where a few simple scenarios were created in an attempt to explain the goodness on the idea in a human-centered way. (You can update your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button up there on the right.) And we're looking forward to hearing how your prototyping goes – you can add details of that to your post as they come to hand as well.

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Also – we're not sure what PTMBD interviews are. Maybe you could add the full wording of that to your post as well?

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Hi Khairul, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Update Entry button on the right of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. We know occasionally people have issues uploading images so let us know by hitting the Feedback button at the bottom of most pages of our site if you face any problems. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.

And here's some tips on adding visual goodness to your idea: plus more on evolving your thought-starter: