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Proposed is an "underWearable" Activity Monitor (uWAM) for people to use to securely/safely monitor, track, store and share personal health/wellness information with their trusted circles (family, health care providers, caregivers, etc).

Proposed is an "underWearable" Activity Monitor (uWAM) for people to use to securely/safely monitor, track, store and share personal health/wellness information with their trusted circles (family, health care providers, caregivers, etc).

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Thanks, Laure. I dig the idea of motivating achievement by proposing a challenge; one quick thought is students can compete for scholarships, internships, supplies for schools, etc. I will take a stab at expanding on this...

I think the purpose would be to learn what does/does not work and to get a feel for the value that this concept can potentially create. I propose rapid 'prototyping' by using existing tools. For example, here are some thoughts that would be easy to do technically but the real work is in getting the Sages/Grasshoppers connected in a minimal way to observe and learn:
1) setup a Wordpress account and then build a simple front facing presence w/ the relevant parts of the description you have thus far
2) approach some local retirement communities and make a pitch for volunteers to be video taped for telling a historical story and experiences and skills/competencies. they also agree to go on-line w/ their experience/info. I think 2-3 people volunteering per category would be highly successful.
3) for each of people that volunteer, setup a LinkedIn account for them and put up their related info (interesting experiences, skills, competencies, etc)
4) video tape volunteer telling story about their experiences, skills, competencies and upload it to YouTube. create links between the YouTube videos and the LinkedIn account profiles.
5) approach some local K-12 schools (perhaps a sampling of each level) and pitch to the appropriate teacher to create an assignment to research certain events/periods/etc. Collaborate w/ the teacher to ensure that at least 75% of the potential assignments overlap w/ the experiences/competencies that the retired volunteers submitted. also, negotiate that the students use the wordpress frontpage that you created to perform the 'research'.
6) hold "Meet ups" where you matchmake the "Sages" with the "Grasshoppers" and document/videotape/interview what is/is not working and how to make your wordpress presence better. or have the Grasshoppers and/or Sages document their experience on trying to use the frontpage and/or interview them after they use it to see what is/is not working.
7) feedback all the key learning's into the next rev. ;-)

Hi, Nick: 1) thx for adding me to your virtual team. 2) thx for your patience, been busy w/ life. 3) the break has actually been useful because now that I've re-read the description and some of the recent posts, i have some thoughts:

A) what Is the vision of "eXchange"?
B) is it to be the matchmaker of choice for Grasshoppers (people who are seeking to learn X) and Sages (people who are willing to teach/share Y)?
C) Is it intended to focus on a type or class of sharing - data vs, information vs, knowledge vs. all of them?
D) Does it matter in what shape/form its in - txt vs. audio vs. img vs. video vs. all of them?
E) Either way, what does success look like? and, how do we measure it?

For me, the answer to these class of questions is key since right now, it seems to me that the eXchange is trying to be everything to everyone. I think it needs focus, clarity and a choice on what is vs. is not part of the matchmaking experience. For example, based on what I think would be compelling to Sages (the driver of success in my opinion), I think eXchange should focus only on their knowledge and that's it. Leave the sharing of data and information to other social spaces. The implication on this choice is that you may have the same categories listed above but now the content is specific and focused and makes the types of platform services much easier to determine.

F) Circling back to some questions you posed previously and recvd some answers:
You-> Is there an entirely different approach to the same goal? How might we find a way, using existing platforms or another method, to enable different generations to exchange expertise and abilities?"
Me -> Depending on above, you could re-use existing social platforms to run a pilot then eventually build custom.

You->1) what's the right platform? Is this maybe something built on top of Facebook? Or something new entirely? Or not a social platform at all?
Me -> See above

You->2) How do we continue to refine and simplify? It seems like there are already some established concepts around Time Banking and even a similar platform from PAMF (thanks Sarah!) - what guidance do they offer?
Me -> Different goals/vision/etc. Extract ideas where appropriate but don't assume copy/paste works.

You->3) What other ways might we partner with healthcare orgs, non-profits and other businesses?*
Me -> My hypothesis is that Sages participating in this type of activity will increase their quality of life and therefore health and happiness. I have no idea how to measure that but think framing a prototype.pilot with a health care partner to figure it out would be ideal. They could offer discount on health care services to get them to opt-in or other carrot to participate in order to learn whether this has legs or not.