Every person, community, and nation is faced with unique problems. OpenIDEO could use its ideology in a "Town Hall" context to serve as a forum for thinking of creative solutions to regional or national problems.
OpenIDEO should use Project H's example of uniting community through courses, public projects, hands-on learning, and volunteer work to solve social problems, including education and poverty. Community is one of our greatest assets.
I love this idea. Using OpenIDEO as a forum for idea-sharing from citizens is absolutely brilliant. It could be used from an educational and school-system perspective, as well as for general involvement in local issues.
Where I live, hydrofracking is a big concern. Having a platform to discuss alternatives for dealing with this challenge would be extremely helpful. I'm sure all communities have their own "pressure points" that could use the ideology of ID! :)