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Using free lugage capacities

There is contradiction taking place nowadays. For some, the world gets smaller. At the same time for others distances are still obstacles with regard to supply of products, services and knowledge. Why not making use of those who are mobile and travelling from place to place?

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In our last OpenIDEO Vienna Meetup we tackled the current amplify challenge from a certain perspective: Distance (we ran out of time to tackle our second theme: Training).
However, we asked ourselves how could we overcome distance as obstacle for certain goods and/or services (also knowledge) in developing countries where distance might curb in some way or another making kids thrive in early years.
This is one of the 4 major ideas we came up with.

What if there was a platform, that connects travelers (e.g. volunteers or adventure travelers) with NPO's or NGO's?

Travelers state the amount of luguage they are willing to transport to a certain destination. NPO's or other institutions state what needs to be transported where.

In essence, it's a matchmaking between two parties having access to internet (and therefore able to connect) with people who would benefit from this service: communities, villages in remote areas where e.g. medicine or other goods are needed. In the context of the amplify challenge think of medicine for babies or pregnant women, special food or food supplements or any other products necessary for childcare.
 

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Remote communities or villages where transport is the main restraint. Also institutions that want to transport something from A to B.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

Is there a need for transporting any kind of goods with regard to the challenge? Are traveler routes predictable so that institutions can leverage their movements? Are travelers really going to such remote areas or are they rather travelling to areas that benefit from certain infrastructure anyway? Is there a significant amount of free lugage space?

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Insights from NPO, NGOs with regard to the problem assumed.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!

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Interesting stuff. Perhaps you might start with interviewing a few local NGO's who work globally to get their feedback and input on your idea. We're excited to hear what you learn. Medicines and some other goods may cause a challenge in that they can't be carried beyond for personal use – but speaking to an actual NGO or two will help clarify some of these issues and might even present whole new opportunities!