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OpenIDEO Managing Director
"Its all about the impact."
I lead the OpenIDEO Team and our effort to address pressing global issues through open innovation. I believe that great ideas can come from anyone, that design thinking works, and that humanity's toughest challenges can only be solved inclusively and collaboratively.
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Hi Ambily, thanks for such an informative contribution. I wonder if you've been thinking of applying the SOLE model and adding it to the ideas phase of the challenge? The phase just launched and your level of insight will surely add much to the conversation!
Maartje, thanks for sharing what sounds like a fantastic program. I'd be really curious about lessons you've learned in setting up other cinemas that might be applicable to others interested in setting up educational initiatives in remote areas. Also, what are some of the guiding principles you use when selecting a location? What sorts of local stakeholders are needed to make programs successful? I'm sure you've learned a lot through your past work. We'd love to hear more!
Wow -- You've offered some really fascinating insights about the need for more financial literacy for all sorts of groups. I had no idea about the financial difficulties of pro athletes. I've tended to think that those most in need of financial education are those without resources, but clearly there are all sorts of at risk groups that need it as well.
Meanwhile, I'm super intrigued about your provocations around shifting from a model of self-reliance to community support and group solutions. We've seen the success of micro-finance lending circles and other peer support groups in low-income countries. Why shouldn't it exist for other groups as well? Actually pooling the resources of a group to access financial services seems like it could have a ton of potential. It makes me wonder...
- Is this happening anywhere yet? - What legal restrictions might need to be considered? - In addition to having similar levels of income and similar milestones, what other characteristics would need to be taken into account for financial advice to be accurate across a large group?
Meanwhile, given your background in the financial services sector, are there others you'd like to invite to this conversation?