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Let's Make a Deal -- The Knowledge Exchange

The concept is to create a tutoring exchange service between youth and the recently retired, in which youth are provided with enriched learning experiences in exchange for technology training of the retiree.

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How would you describe your idea in one sentence?

Youth and the recently retired exchange information and training on a barter-system basis.
The recently retired often have a large repository of skills and knowledge pertinent to their field.   They are used to being actively and fully engaged in work activities, and often find the transition into retirement difficult.    This can be accompanied by a sense of being left behind by rapid technological changes.   They want to know what is current and trending, and be able to use (or at the very least understand) the technology that surrounds them.    At the same time, youth may want the opportunity to dive more deeply into subject areas that interest them, or learn leadership, organizational, entrepreneurial or time management skills from those with recent experience.   

Knowledge Exchange would let these two groups connect to each other and barter for an exchange of information.   

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

Contact one of the local high schools to discuss the idea. Create a physical bulletin board where recent retirees can post their requests for knowledge exchange.

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

Aspects of the idea that can benefit from from input, skills or know-how are (a) how to identify and engage the pool of recently retired (b) the best platform to use for bartering services (c) identification of any potential tax issues that need to be worked around (c) how to set boundaries around the commitment (d) how to protect the personal safety of the participants.

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