OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Profile

Recent contributions

(3)

Contribution list

How can employers trust those with employment gaps?

A transitional employment model utilized by the social enterprise 360 Degree Solutions provides a solution. 

While this enterprise benefits homeless individuals, the transitional employment mo

How can employers trust those with employment gaps? A transitional employment model utilized by the social enterprise 360 Degree Solutions provides a solution. While this enterprise benefits homeless individuals, the transitional employment mo

Photo of Sarah Klein
1 2

Teams

(2) View all

Recent comments

(3) View all

Okee dokee. Here goes a rough idea: I just opened my own micro-business, and as a person ages 18-24, one of the hardest aspects of opening (and continuing) my business is being able to prototype and test my products before I put them up for sale without going bankrupt. This personal experience leads me to believe that in order to support young pioneers and entrepreneurship, we need pop-up testing labs in which young people can create and test prototypes at no cost rapid-fire.

Therefore, what do you think about instead of having a detachable leave behind workshops, the Pop Up Bus/Boat helped each community it entered identify an unused space (room, broken mobile, abandoned plot of land, etc.) to transform into an innovation center? This space would not have to be transformed in any dramatic way, but members of the community could drop of any extra materials/objects they were going to trash or recycle anyway (broken furniture, broken gadgets, scraps, etc.) at the innovation center. Then, youth could use these unwanted and community-donated materials to create prototypes, and the space could also serve as a testing workshop, meeting ground, etc. The way this deviates from the above-proposed Leave Behinds is that these spaces are self-sustainable, and it allows the Pop Up Bus/Boat to not have to tow and restock on detachable workshops, which may be a challenge when working in rural, developing areas.

An idea that I also have is to make these innovation spaces multipurpose -- they could both serve as prototype and testing workshops and as small cooperative cafes so that youth could also work and gain work experience at these innovation labs and make a bit of pocket cash. Cooperative cafes could work because every community always needs food, and every community has a unique, sustainable culinary heritage that is to be prized, celebrated, and potentially profitable. The cooperative cafes could also somehow be integrated into Pop Up Buses/Boats business model.

The reason why I think the innovation lab/coop cafe idea could work beautiful with Pop-Up Buses/Boats is because the latter can help train youth to work in/sustain the former and the former makes the latter a more lightweight concept.

Hokay. Woo. That was a lot! Any thoughts, anyone?

Hi Leigh! Thanks so much for the response :) It's actually not my app idea (but thanks for reading!). I didn't immediately post my idea in the thread b/c I wanted to workshop it around before I shot it out publicly, but meh, why not just get it out there in a rough form and see what people have to say. I'll finish my lunch and then publish it publicly.

link

Sarah commented on The Book of Lifelong (L)earning

Hi Dave and Gavin,

Lots of great points. Perhaps the more formats the book could take, the better.

While this project could help youth add the credential/honor of being part of this project to their resumes, I hesitate to fully push for the framework of "competition" or exclusivity being related to this project. I hesitate because the competition framework may help youth who already have great experience add further great experience to their resumes while leaving those who have not been as fortunate and/or are at earlier stages in their careers in the dust.

Is there a way the website could use a model similar to that of OpenIDEO, i.e. there are certain "winners" or highlighted experiences but everyone can openly share their experiences and receive applause? Where this deviates from a crowd-vote competition is that rather than viewing it as a competition, it could be presented as a collaboration somehow, just like OpenIDEO. Maybe people would vote/applaud not based on factors like ambition but on helpfulness, relatability--something that connects people and emphasizes this project's utility as a tool rather than the job search version of American Idol. Thoughts?

Also, thanks for the invite, Dave! I'll shoot you an email later today.

~ Sarah