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Create an internet-based knowledge bank for aging seniors that can be accessed first (pilot) by high school & university students conducting research, then allow access by other stakeholders! This will increase seniors' feelings of self importanc

Create an internet-based knowledge bank for aging seniors that can be accessed first (pilot) by high school & university students conducting research, then allow access by other stakeholders! This will increase seniors' feelings of self importanc

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I think it could be handled in two different ways to bolster the prototype or "pilot testing" if you will. I think we should have a core group of team members working on the refinement of this idea and each commit to interviewing a specific number of seniors-- 2-3 or maybe more-- and in those interviews, ask for both stories and experiences of things that would be helpful to younger generations (based on my earlier idea) but also ask for things like needs, expertise on daily life things, etc. for the more grasshopper/sage idea. Then we could put all of our collections together as the prototype "database" and figure out what organization makes the most sense. We can also then all discuss which collection methods worked best, what seemed to be confusing to seniors and what was exciting or beneficial, etc.

I think, in general, it will work best for us to be actively collecting information through interviews-- either email, phone, or in person depending on the individual-- and then create a self-entry portal once the idea gains structure and momentum, i.e. once there are enough examples for individuals to more adequately self-enter information or stories.If we start with mostly self-entry, I'm concerned the content and value of content we're pursuing may not be as great because there'd be so little direction.

Does that make sense?

Carlos,
I apologize for not having seen this earlier. Your research sounds fascinating! Please feel free to email me at rachelkrausman@gmail.com to chat.

To answer just number 1, I think this should be a separate, independent platform based on the specific target populations and problem. Facebook is too expansive in an unhelpful way-- not allowing for deep specialization and causing social circles that close more often than expand openly through the platform (rather than real life) itself. What we want, I think, is the opposite, possibly something that looks more like LinkedIn but that is still separate. The value of this idea is to focus on specific specialties/experiences/topics of advice rather than on the entire individual so as to match sage-grasshopper and foster meaningful dialogue past the superfluous social profile. I would build something deeper that supports extensive search abilities as well as the more social face.