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My Best Recipe

Younger people interview older adults about their "Best Recipe", document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Younger people interview older adults about their "Best Recipe", document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.
Younger people interview older adults about their Best Recipe, document it, help cook and learn how to cook it, and transmit it forward long after the initial contact has receded into the past.

Who are the target users of your idea and how does your idea speak directly to their needs, life stages and goals?

Young people would help older adults select and capture their best recipe. The recipe cooking process would be recorded and shared.

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

Conduct a "My Best Recipe" interview with an older adult.

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

Conduct a "My Best Recipe" interview with an older adult and share the findings.

Evaluation results

17 evaluations so far

1. How well does this idea inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship?

Really well – this idea clearly activates young people to support older adults - 11.8%

It’s getting there but could use a bit more work to flesh out exactly how - 52.9%

This idea doesn’t really address how to inspire and engage young people as mentors to older adults - 35.3%

2. How clearly does this idea outline a path to scale so that it can spread from one local community to around the world?

Crystal clear – I understand all the milestones that this idea would need to hit in order to spread beyond one local geography - 5.9%

It’s pretty clear that this idea has the potential to scale but the steps needed to grow aren’t detailed enough - 41.2%

Not very clear – I’m not sure this idea is designed to scale given how it’s explained here - 52.9%

3. How well does this idea define who its target users are and the ways that it can meet their needs and life stages?

Very well – I understand exactly who this idea is meant to engage and how it will support them - 35.3%

Ok – I’m not sure I could tell you exactly who the target user is but I might be able to guess - 52.9%

It’s hard to tell who this idea is actually meant to engage and support - 11.8%

4. Overall, how do you feel about this idea?

It rocked my world - 17.6%

I liked it but preferred others - 41.2%

It didn’t get me overly excited - 41.2%

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Great idea Avi, I think there are so many phenomenal stories that could be told through food and food preparation. I personally love food documentaries like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, and I'm actually kind of surprised that I haven't seen a documentary telling a series of stories through recipes.

I also love how specific the idea is, seems like one of the easier ideas to test out, but also one with a lot of potential for impact. I'd love to see how you consider growing the idea beyond a concept or something an individual filmmaker would do, and what it would take to get a whole host of people doing this on a regular basis.

For example, I think this would make a great project for high schools students to undertake, as it would require demonstrating a host of useful skills to make it work well.

You could consider developing a standard set of storyboard templates that young filmmakers can follow to make their recipe documentaries. The app Toontastic is a phenomenal example of using a templated path to enable very young users to do something that might seem complex at first: making their own cartoons.

Again, great work!

Patrick

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