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Design Tools for Connection

Let’s imagine a set of tools, technologies or services that enable people to connect in new or unexpected ways and to create and nurture relationships across generations.

Many of us find meaning and a sense of purpose through the connections we create with each other – but we don’t always know how to connect with new people outside of our social circle or where to go to find others with shared interests. What tools – apps, platforms, websites, in-person meetups, community events or other vehicles – might help us meet people outside of our peer group, form friendships and mentoring relationships and share stories of how these connections have changed our mindset, behaviours or perspectives? 

How might we create physical or virtual spaces for people to come together?
How might we use technology to create new connections between people and communities?
How might we make it easier for people to find others who share similar interests?
How might we put new experiences within arm’s reach?
How might we foster unexpected connections across generations? 
How might we encourage two-way mentoring relationships?
How might we still connect when we can’t commit to a long term mentoring relationship?

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Nowadays young people are having hard times looking for new professional experiences. At the same time, every year senior people get retired with a strong expertise on their field and a great networking agenda. “Knowledge relay” is a network where ju

Nowadays young people are having hard times looking for new professional experiences. At the same time, every year senior people get retired with a strong expertise on their field and a great networking agenda. “Knowledge relay” is a network where ju

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Old people as we know tend to have more technical knowledge about hands-on stuffs. For instance, planting, cooking, sewing, etc. However on the other hand, youngsters or any of those who are engaged already to the IT world (probably 50 years old and

Old people as we know tend to have more technical knowledge about hands-on stuffs. For instance, planting, cooking, sewing, etc. However on the other hand, youngsters or any of those who are engaged already to the IT world (probably 50 years old and

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Hand in Hand (HiH) is a solution to bridge the gap between people who are willing to help others and people who are seeking help from others. Hand in Hand will form a cloud based solution to connect three entities - youngsters who are willing to devo

Hand in Hand (HiH) is a solution to bridge the gap between people who are willing to help others and people who are seeking help from others. Hand in Hand will form a cloud based solution to connect three entities - youngsters who are willing to devo

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The big idea is to create branded environments within social settings that both young and old frequent.  Two places that tend to bring both young and old together are churches and local donut/coffee shops. These could serve as hosting centers for bra

The big idea is to create branded environments within social settings that both young and old frequent. Two places that tend to bring both young and old together are churches and local donut/coffee shops. These could serve as hosting centers for bra

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How can youth and seniors connect around travel services and the possibilities that travel can bring? 
Youth can guide seniors traveling together on journeys to explore their past.  If seniors are unable to physically travel youth can serve as resea

How can youth and seniors connect around travel services and the possibilities that travel can bring? Youth can guide seniors traveling together on journeys to explore their past. If seniors are unable to physically travel youth can serve as resea

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How to better foster unexpected connections across generations than at a fun, beloved, well-attended State Fair!  Here in Minnesota, USA, the "Great Minnesota Get-Together", each year, offers just such opportunities for generations to share and conne

How to better foster unexpected connections across generations than at a fun, beloved, well-attended State Fair! Here in Minnesota, USA, the "Great Minnesota Get-Together", each year, offers just such opportunities for generations to share and conne

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Remember drawing together on a folded paper? 1 draws the head, 1 the middle and 1 the feet: always a guarantee for success. It inspired us to think of a new way to get connected and to build relationships. 

Just in an unexpected moment, you can wo

Remember drawing together on a folded paper? 1 draws the head, 1 the middle and 1 the feet: always a guarantee for success. It inspired us to think of a new way to get connected and to build relationships. Just in an unexpected moment, you can wo

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Not only young people have something to teach to older adults.
We have so many things to learn from them.
Let's connect everyone!

Not only young people have something to teach to older adults. We have so many things to learn from them. Let's connect everyone!

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An idea for post grads (21+)  to spend time with 50 + adults  while sharing common interests,  a love for books and film.   Time spent together has the potential to create community and friendships.   Growing friendships can lead to opportunities for

An idea for post grads (21+) to spend time with 50 + adults while sharing common interests, a love for books and film. Time spent together has the potential to create community and friendships. Growing friendships can lead to opportunities for

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Young people like games and spend lot of time on them for fun. This idea utilizes this interest to promote interaction with older adults and community service. An online game specially developed to encourage interaction between young people and older

Young people like games and spend lot of time on them for fun. This idea utilizes this interest to promote interaction with older adults and community service. An online game specially developed to encourage interaction between young people and older

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Challenge Accepted! is a platform that would gather a super-team of individuals (mix of old and young) based on two criteria: a)skills/experience and b)desired learning outcomes of the participants. The members of the team would complement each other

Challenge Accepted! is a platform that would gather a super-team of individuals (mix of old and young) based on two criteria: a)skills/experience and b)desired learning outcomes of the participants. The members of the team would complement each other

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How do we connect people across generations using a common activity? What if we could create a a weekly ritual where two people can build a bond by cooking and sharing a meal together? Now creating a toolkit here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1

How do we connect people across generations using a common activity? What if we could create a a weekly ritual where two people can build a bond by cooking and sharing a meal together? Now creating a toolkit here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1

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Often to unite people with different backgrounds, the best way is to focus on a common objective. And what better common objective than creating something together? 

The idea is to create a platform where an older person who wish to realize a crea

Often to unite people with different backgrounds, the best way is to focus on a common objective. And what better common objective than creating something together? The idea is to create a platform where an older person who wish to realize a crea

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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.

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You must have heard about the PO BOX letter system used earlier if you want to communicate with someone without disclosing your details. The same method will be used here, where the youngsters will be given a set of PO BOX Numbers and the elders a di

You must have heard about the PO BOX letter system used earlier if you want to communicate with someone without disclosing your details. The same method will be used here, where the youngsters will be given a set of PO BOX Numbers and the elders a di

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