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Twist What Exists

Let’s hack existing programmes, spaces or events to create new mashups that bring young people and older adults together in new or unexpected ways.

During Research we learned that some of the most successful examples of people connecting across generations actually are based on learning from what already exists and building upon it, rather than reinventing the wheel. Take, for example, the climbing gym that decided to open its space for professional coworking and student tutoring or the university that created a ‘school within a school’ to support older adults who want to continue their education – instead of starting from scratch, these organisations chose to adapt, build upon or pivot their offering to spark even deeper community connections and interactions. What unexpected twists might we put on existing programmes, spaces or relationships to bring multiple generations together in new and different ways?

How might we make it easy for organisations to modify their existing programmes and reach new people?
How might we borrow from what already exists to create more connections between young people and older adults?
How might we hack existing programmes or spaces to build a culture of connection and sharing across generations?

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For nearly seven years, I have mentored a young man (now 18) through Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have learned a lot from each other. The assumption was that I would mentor him but, through the years, he has taught me many things. All I

For nearly seven years, I have mentored a young man (now 18) through Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have learned a lot from each other. The assumption was that I would mentor him but, through the years, he has taught me many things. All I

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A mentoring program that encourages all people to adopt an active lifestyle by training together at their own pace. The idea is for mentors to encourage and monitor the training of the other and at the same time, they will train at their own level in

A mentoring program that encourages all people to adopt an active lifestyle by training together at their own pace. The idea is for mentors to encourage and monitor the training of the other and at the same time, they will train at their own level in

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The Platform of OpenIDEO will be the best media not only to gather real problems, effective solutions & factual insights from the Youth & Older-Adults, for planning better for the Older-Adults, and for inspiring young people to support & mentor older

The Platform of OpenIDEO will be the best media not only to gather real problems, effective solutions & factual insights from the Youth & Older-Adults, for planning better for the Older-Adults, and for inspiring young people to support & mentor older

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TaskRabbit is a great tool for checking errands off your to-do list, but what if it could also be used to connect people across generations? Instead of simply setting up a new computer, a young tech savvy individual could help teach an older adult ho

TaskRabbit is a great tool for checking errands off your to-do list, but what if it could also be used to connect people across generations? Instead of simply setting up a new computer, a young tech savvy individual could help teach an older adult ho

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Develop a mobile app with an accompanying website on which anyone can post a challenge they are facing. E.g. "I can't turn my iPhone on" or "How do I fix my bike chain?" 

Users of the app/website can post answers, videos, or visit the person askin

Develop a mobile app with an accompanying website on which anyone can post a challenge they are facing. E.g. "I can't turn my iPhone on" or "How do I fix my bike chain?" Users of the app/website can post answers, videos, or visit the person askin

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There is a youth population that is looking to give some kind of community service. They have certain skillsets that they can teach others. There is an elderly population looking to learn these skills. Create a mobile or web application that allows f

There is a youth population that is looking to give some kind of community service. They have certain skillsets that they can teach others. There is an elderly population looking to learn these skills. Create a mobile or web application that allows f

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Leveraging existing educational and travel programs for seniors which often utilize college campuses for their programming, and the many summer pre college programs for youth in high school,  create a new program which brings youth and seniors togeth

Leveraging existing educational and travel programs for seniors which often utilize college campuses for their programming, and the many summer pre college programs for youth in high school, create a new program which brings youth and seniors togeth

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Building on existing programs which employ college students as advocates for patients in the healthcare system,  create a program leveraging  the same group of students,  who can become advocates for seniors in accessing opportunities for mentoring i

Building on existing programs which employ college students as advocates for patients in the healthcare system, create a program leveraging the same group of students, who can become advocates for seniors in accessing opportunities for mentoring i

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Always wanted to do something you have never done before? Or just want to do a past experience again? For instance, one more or for the first time watch your national soccer team play a match in a football stadium. Or watching the sun set at the beac

Always wanted to do something you have never done before? Or just want to do a past experience again? For instance, one more or for the first time watch your national soccer team play a match in a football stadium. Or watching the sun set at the beac

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The exchange of skills between the younger and older participants. These could be something as simple as one person teaching the other how to bake a cake, and the other person in return will talk them through how to set up an email account or to use

The exchange of skills between the younger and older participants. These could be something as simple as one person teaching the other how to bake a cake, and the other person in return will talk them through how to set up an email account or to use

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The San Francisco IDEO summer interns have been chomping at the bit to learn more about OpenIDEO and join the conversation around Youth Mentoring, so we got together last week and held a little brainstorm of our own! Key materials included pizza, pos

The San Francisco IDEO summer interns have been chomping at the bit to learn more about OpenIDEO and join the conversation around Youth Mentoring, so we got together last week and held a little brainstorm of our own! Key materials included pizza, pos

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DinnerSurfer is a community where users can create and share food with others searching for homemade meals. The platform solves the problems of food waste and unhealthy take-away. What if we created a community where individuals across generations ca

DinnerSurfer is a community where users can create and share food with others searching for homemade meals. The platform solves the problems of food waste and unhealthy take-away. What if we created a community where individuals across generations ca

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The Idea "SPACE" is for those people who are aged 50+ and willing either to complete the earlier discontinued courses or to acquire Technical Skills, Vocational Training and/or to study any further Graduation or Post-Graduation or Doctoral Courses f

The Idea "SPACE" is for those people who are aged 50+ and willing either to complete the earlier discontinued courses or to acquire Technical Skills, Vocational Training and/or to study any further Graduation or Post-Graduation or Doctoral Courses f

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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 a

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 a

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