"Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense"
As a researcher, I am interested in collaboration, socio-material practices, culture and space. I teach design thinking, organizational behavior and qualitative methods. I discovered OpenIDEO as I started working in fall 2010 on a research project on open innovation and since then have participated in multiple challenges, and keep coming back!
Access to information and opportunities for learning in parallel to some of the technology limitations and restricted access have emerged as two important themes while I was reading the research posted during this phase. I remembered a project starte
How to share information with parents about education and how to engage children in some learning activities/ games.
Issues of access to information and technology have been highlighted in various research post, here is a project done by UNICEF in
Health (of pregnant women as well as of children), sanitation (issues with water, human waste contamination ) and change of behaviors through education by engaging communities at large in conversations and learning: all are important issues for this
Reading, story telling, singing, providing good nutrition: all of these are important practices but what about play? Play is central to development - play with parents as well as alone play. How to create space for play?
While parents' desire to take care of / protect their children is universal, how they do this in various parts of the world vary. As we embark in this challenge, it might be worth thinking of what is universal and what is cultural in terms of parenti
How much is innate? How much is culture? What is the role of environment, in particular parents and adults, in the learning process? Learning begins in the first days of life but how much young children already know, and how much they learn from thei
Parents dream for their children and work hard to help these dreams come true. How can one support these parents?
'SAPNA' (noun) in the Hindi and Urdu languages means 'Dream'.
Here's a story of how 17,793 nails changed the future of children o
As we went through the OpenIDEO impact stories book, we realized that we have brought to life several ideas that emerged from openIDEO: from the OpenIDEO student chapter to the Youth Cafes, with a stop by the Greenhouse: A triple impact story at NYU
Several inspirations have highlighted the importance of supporting reading, and one way to do this is to give access to books. I searched for programs to provide books or fundraise for books and found a few.
Reading several research posts providing critical and refreshing perspectives on the challenge question (e.g. Are schools teaching young people what they need? how we move from money driven to value driven jobs? ), I thought of a NY Times article I r
Working with Melchior on his idea of creating an online platform to trigger a global conversation on genders' role and gender inequality, we realized how difficult creating such a community was without an opportunity to meet face-to-face, in particul
An interview with Thomas Outerbridge, the general manager of Sims Municipal Recycling, the world's largest electronics and metals recycler and with a long-term contract for NY recycling. The interview highlights important issues on the importance of
As we talk of safety in low income urban areas, what can we learn about sociological theories about how environment might influence crime and safety.
The Broken Windows theory states that signaling effects of urban disorder and vandalism on additi
Several research posts highlighted the influence of media and popular culture in framing gender roles and biases.
Many others highlighted the importance of engaging men in the dialogue.
I found interesting how a company like Gillette, whose ads ten
The challenge question invites us to think about safety for specific people (women) in specific environment (low-income urban areas). Of course, understanding the context matters. Yet, are environmental explanations the only explanations? The case
Several inspirations highlighting the fact that the issue of safety and empowerment was an issue that went beyond low-income urban areas.
Illustrating the global as well as "invisible" nature of the project, the Everyday Sexism project started in t
Sanitation has been mentioned as a major issue in terms of empowerment and in some cases safety. This story in yesterday BBC Magazine provides a great story for this challenge: the product, a sanitary pad; job creations for women; and education
Many posts in the research phase highlighted the use of mobile phones and texts in low-income urban areas. Text to change, a non-profit, started from the realization that mobile phones can provide an "easy and low-cost methods for health communicati
Reading about spaces that are reclaimed by women, or spaces that are provided to women to meet and socialize safely, I remembered maids in Sinpapore who would meet on Sundays after church in a park on Orchard Road. As I was researching for this chall
As I started thinking of this challenge, I thought of people about me who have had first hand experience with this problem or related problems. How did they understand the challenge question? What did they learn through they work in the field who cou
When we talk about safety, violence, we assume that we all share the same definition and that we all agree and what is "right" and "wrong". Yet, it might be that what we think is "abnormal" for other is "normal". Acknowledging this variation in persp
Listening to Angela, a mother of a 4-month old, telling me about her effort to stop assessing her actions in terms of "right" or "wrong" and recognize her ability to act in the moment, becoming a creatively confident or "good enough mother".
Here is a provocation: the assumption shared by most of us in this challenge is that we should not destroy children's creativity and that we should keep a space for the children in us. But what if adults should become more adults?
How to encourage girls to be involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Studies show that girls tend to not study STEM because of their lack of confidence. Some like Jin Montclare work hard at giving them confidence.
"So we never live, but we hope to live" I thought of this quote by Pascal when I I took my daughter to school "for the last time" (next year she'll be in middle school). I was somewhat emotional when I realized all the "first times" to come...
I had the chance to interview two psychologists specialized in gero-psychology with a lot of research and practice experience. The conversation was very informative and hopefully will help other OpenIDEATORs in the ideating process.
I've read a couple of articles about how people in Asia, in particular Japan and China, lived older and "well". The main points from these articles were: social interactions and regular physical activities. I had the chance to observe some of these.
Great novel by Vita Sackville-West about this 88-year-old widow who discovers freedom at 88 to the dismay of her children who had other expectations for her. Inspiring and moving: on the possibility of being oneself.
How to gather information and share it? One needs to understand the local context and find people who have access to information and can share it. The Phone Ladies in villages in Bangladesh is one interesting example...
How to gather information, communicate it and create awareness about air pollution in China where pollution is a major concern but very little is said and shared? How can we learn from this context for our challenge?
What happens when you don't have access to information? No information? Rarely as human beings are story tellers. What you get is rumors, false information, that often spreads faster than true information, and are hard to challenge.
To find a job, one needs to have acquired the right skills. Yet, what if we had the right skills but did not know? What if we were looking for the wrong job based on what we think we can do? The FYP toolkit can help you answer these questions.
Being multilingual is key in today's global world and can become a competitive advantage. Yet language instruction is not always very efficient in schools, and even after several years of classes, many students can still not speak a foreign language.
Entrepreneurship is a difficult subject to teach as it has to balance practice and theory.
Providing a computer-based simulation that can be used in class will allow students to experience concepts and frameworks discussed in class.
Using our interview kit, I asked a French entrepreneur his experience starting his business (mostly web-based). While it is a story full of pitfalls, it has a happy ending as the business is up and running.
How to start up a business when you don't have the money and cannot get a loan?Babyloan takes the concept of microcredit and connects potential entrepreneurs in developing countries and potential lenders in developed countries.
OpenIDEO as a platform and a community which supports social innovation and collaboration, and aims to have an impact: a way to support entrepreneurship related to social innovation and a model of entrepreneurship as well.
As I was reading about long lines, difficulty of access, lack of understanding, I could not help thinking of the experience of going through security in airports. Can we learn from this stressful experience to make voting more accessible?
As I kept reading various inspirations, I wondered how was the voting experience for people with disabilities in France where I vote. I could not interview anyone but I went online to search: "Voting when you're disabled? It's complicated!
How might we restore vibrancy to cities and regions? An underlying assumption can be that we can design, maybe plan for vibrancy. Can we really? How to you design for vibrancy to emerge and grow? How can we nurture vibrancy?
“I’m nostalgic for the world’s magnitude, of its immensity.” Paul Virilio
“The nature of being sedentary and nomadic has changed." Depardon
What defines home? a sense of home? is it a location or "something" (material or not) we take with us?
Broken Windows theory states that signaling effects of urban disorder and vandalism on additional crime and anti-social behavior. It has been implemented in several cities including NY. It raises interesting questions for how to design vibrant cities
A pattern language based on observations of towns, buildings and communities describing a problem and the solutions invented by previous generations. A tool for architects, urban planners and ordinary people to redesign living neighborhoods.
"We believe there needs to be a new settlement between individuals, communities and government - new ways for people to get involved in determining their lives in a meaningful way..." such is Participle's mission
Inspired by many concepts about infographics, art and giving a voice, I thought of a sound design platform which could be developed for viewing on a website, but also be displayed as a multimedia installation in public spaces such as exhibition space
A mobile van to provide knowledge and advice, create connections and create (global) awareness on unlawful detentions. Because of its mobility, it will allow people in remote areas to access information and internet access.
How can we develop tools, support systems and campaigns that are culturally relevant? This local / global question has emerged from conversations on many inspirations... HSBC the world's local bank campaign makes this point.
Storytelling, giving a voice to people, acknowledging the variety of texts which can allow us to understand and remember... Inspired by Vincent's inspiration about Zhao Ziyang who recorded 30 tapes distributed which end up becoming a book
Creating public awareness through art. Jenny Holtzer has been exploring language and non-traditional media. Some of her work has focused on political issues such as using declassified US government documents.
Several inspirations reminded us of the importance of saying no as a first step out of powerlessness. Meena's inspiration on awareness and public pressure reminded me of the movie 12 angry men where it takes only one person to shift the conversation
Many inspirations highlighted the potential of social media and others also noted the importance of people as support and connectors: Sameer's story (from the Bone Marrow Challenge http://www.openideo.com/open/how-might) brings the 2 pieces together.
How information spreads? Gladwell highlightsthe importance of the information itself (its stickiness) as well as context and people involved (salespeople, information gatherers/spreaders, and connectors).
Inspired by Nathan's field notes about analogy, I immediately thought of "bureaucracy" and literary analogies, one being Kafka's work - The castle, of course, but the Metamorphosis is also incredibly meaningful when talking about powerlessness
Combining modern aesthetics with local craftsmanship to sustain rural artisanal communities in Vietnam, while promoting bamboo as a socially and environmentally-responsible material for our current marketplace
Inspired by the Hole in the Wall Project and building on concepts on shared technologies for knowledge and communication (such as the Mum Radio or the Maternal Health Vending Machine), why don't we create open access computers where women can gather
Hi Arjan Tupan nice reading you! I hope all is well. In the examples shared, it was more faculty, staff or start up hosted in NYU incubators than students (who can't be on campus) although a few of them helped with some of the design. In any case, I agree I found the collaboration and open source element inspiring.
Thank you Luisa Fernanda I hope your mother is doing fine. I have a similar approach of using multiple sources of information in an effort to triangulate. I feel like you regarding the flow and pace of information. Another issue I am faced with is about how to make sense of the information I'm reading. I tried to listen to multiple points of view but sometime I am not sure how to make sense of it. For example try to understand different national approaches including countries which don't embrace full confinement. I do follow the rules and stay at home but I want to keep asking questions and wonder why the difference (this might just be my personal stance).