Some of the things that we buy are already designed to have a second life, after they have been used a first time. What if the objects we buy and use allude to the second life they would have if they were recycled?
I am not very educated around recycling issues. And I realized that when waste recycling labels get too complicated, I tend to trust the behaviors of my peers, by mimicking which bin they have used to dispose of something.
What if communities identified unsafe public spaces to re-appropriate them and transform them into safer ones? This is what a group of women in Argentina did in a square in the neighborhood Barrio Hipotecario.
"Women, Business and the Law" is a great resource to understand the legal gender gap that hinders women's entrepreneurial and employability prospects, starting with whether or not their countries have any existing laws or regulations on domestic vio
"Beeping," "flashing," or "missed calling" is a common practice where people initiate phone calls which the recipient doesn't answer. The free call serves as a signal to return the call or has a pre-agreed message (e.g. ‘I am on my way home’).
A democracy where less than half of people vote isn’t good enough. I came across this startup that aims at improving democracy by helping more people vote more often. In their own words, "TurboVote is basically Netflix for elections."
The second of the 7 rules of brainstorming is called "Encourage ideas". We tried to do the same during our OpenSTORM in Paris, in order give rise to creative leaps and out-of-the-box concepts that might lead to creative yet feasible ones.
Imagine yourself walking on the streets in Paris, and passing by a life-size cow, all painted and colorful. And not just one, many of them. And then flying on vacation to Boston, only to have the exact same experience there.
The LIFT11 urban installations festival takes place in Tallin, Estonia, featuring a number of objects of art, architecture, landscape architecture or design temporarily set up in the city space, as well as an open competition.
Candy Chang is an artist and urban planner who wants to make cities more comfortable for people. She redefines the ways we share information in public space to improve neighborhoods, as we can see in many of her initiatives (esp. in New Orleans).
Remote monitoring of pacemaker patients offers a "seamless" approach to management that can reduce the need for follow-up visits, but also prevent health problems or cases of malfunction that could have fatal consequences.
Many countries have a single emergency telephone number, sometimes known as the universal emergency telephone number or occasionally the emergency services number, that allows a caller to contact local emergency services for help.
Take the Money and Run is a reality game show on the ABC network. The series is unscripted and involves contestants trying to hide a briefcase filled with $100,000 from professional detectives and other investigators.
This is a common concept co-created by Sina Mossayeb and I. Imagine if OpenIDEO worked with its community to take winning concepts and realize them by fundraising some of the community's favorite concepts. There are models of crowd fundraising, where
Instead of building everything from scratch, the always in Beta spirit should allow OpenIDEO to try to use as much of currently available resources as possible, and tap into existing (external) platforms.
Boucing off of Vincent's "Taking Realization Phase to the Next Level", OpenREALISATION is a new structured realisation page allowing Sponsors, OpenIDEO and especially OpenIDEATORS to share their individual/collective implementation efforts. (UPDATED!
This inspiration comes from the buttons used on this website themselves. "Add your inspiration"/"Add your concept". They are so inviting, and engage the community to keep contributing with new ideas (alongside the encouragements of our beloved CMs :)
As many of the other inspirations mentioned, linking social impact to initiatives that take place around the world (DIY fairs, Tweet-ups, experiments, prototypes, etc.) is important. How about consolidating this information in the same platform?
Most of you probably know about Kickstarter, the super cool funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every week, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to art, technology, design, food, and other projects.
Maybe a way to connect OpenIDEATORS offsite is to enable this platform to cross-inform users about their geographical locations (if they want to share it), or even better publicize events that are organized in specific cities, like on Couchsurfing.
I should probably give credit to Anjelika for this one... I had read about the first Tweet-Up Anjelika organized and thought it was a great idea so contacted her and we organised a second one recently when I was in town on my travels.
Looking out for support, maybe we don't have to look very far: the nonprofit organization started by IDEO to address poverty-related challenges through design and to encourage the use of our human-centered approach to innovation in the social sector.
I was utterly impressed and inspired by the latest Realisation news from Estudio 6 in Colombia for the Maternal Health Challenge, let's get more OpenIDEATORS get out on the field and try to do something similar!
Instead of having a vending machine selling all sorts of healthcare-related items (diapers, baby food and clothes, birth kits, cell phones, etc.), we could imagine using community mothers or mentors, or even health care workers. This way, we could re
This is basically an idea for an import business specialized in affordable and low cost medical devices (ranging from simple thermometers to potentially more sophisticated diagnostic imaging equipment). The idea is to import such medical devices and/
This is a *very* simple concept. Basically, the same way we have wine tastings: why don't we have veggies of the season / fruits / dairy products / meat tastings, to learn how to appreciate the quality of local food (and actually *taste* the differen
Make the IDEAS Festival celebrate local food by devoting a chunk of its program to related workshops, lectures, fun activities centered on this topic. Make sure people know about it, via an 'Any IDEAS' regional campaign.
Building on top of many of the contributions so far involving mobile apps, I wanted to share 5 lessons on how it might be possible to design apps that help us live healthier (hint: a strong shot of creativity and a dose of good design), inspired form
If you live in an apartment, it might seem impossible to grow your own food. Think again! As long as you have a porch, a balcony or a window that gets sunlight, you are actually able to grow quite a variety of fruits and vegetables.
I came across this website named Le Verdure del Mio Orto. Basically it's a game. Except the concept is taken a little further. Instead of just managing a virtual farm (cf. FarmVille), what if you could actually eat the food you grew?
This is actually not much of an inspiration, but more a personal observation. Most people believe local (and good) food is expensive... Which can negatively influence consumer choice, especially for those who are price sensitive.
A medical social network could help engage conversations between potential donors, mentors (old donors), patients and doctors to serve as a support system. It could also enable the influential power of celebrities to increase the public visibility of
A medical social network could help engage conversations between potential donors, patients and doctors, serve as a support system, enable the influential power of celebrities and help crafting campaigns.
As some of the earlier inspirations pointed out (by Vincent: http://bit.ly/dMBwsI and Diogo: http://bit.ly/e5sJE9, among others), mobile technology could be used for health insurance, besides payment for health services delivered.
Mobile voucher-based systems can be used to pay for health care services. Vouchers here can be defined as prepaid certificates either provided by the government to qualified individuals or sold at a subsidized price to individuals in order to pay for
Performance-based pay provides monetary incentives to health care workers who deliver on set targets. For instance, mobiles could be applied to similar programs like Rwanda’s performance-based initiative for traditional birth attendants. In the natio
Mobile money services may be able to deliver gains in transparency, accountability, and savings in the health care system. Paying salaries to HCWs through mobile phones could help diminish corruption down the payment chain, and potentially increase t
Through mobile money, governments and organizations can improve efficiencies in the transfer of funds and introduce better checks and balances. Individuals can benefit from a secure and reliable means to pay (and save) for health care costs.
For years, health advocates have been saying to eat healthier and exercise more. But it’s not working. Obesity is a public epidemic and a lifestyle that’s hard to change. A public health strategy is needed, and the solution just might be design.
In India alone, 78,000 women and nearly 1 million babies die each year from pregnancy and childbirth complications... Infection due to unclean conditions is a leading cause. Clinics want to give patients access to better delivery conditions but lack
In sub-Saharan Africa, HIV infections are more prevalent and doctors scarcer than anywhere else in the world. With a lack of medical professionals, a doctor (Mitchell Besser) created mothers2mothers, a program to help HIV-positive pregnant women in A
What if we could harness the power of mobile money for health care financing? 3 specific examples can be given, all related to M-PESA (a mobile-phone based money transfer service mainly operated in East Africa).
In developing countries, 80% of all premature and low-birth-weight infants are born far away form hospitals and traditional incubators.
In the US, an infant incubator costs $20,000. But what if we could rethink the problem and provide the world's po
Great idea Jes! I really like how you thought through the user experience. One suggestion on how you could prototype this and take it to the next level is to use a simple prototyping app like POP (https://popapp.in/) which allows you to take different drawings or screenshots and link them together so you can users try it out on their phone. This would allow you to get feedback on how to improve your idea from real users (even better if this is happening in real-life situations, so you could start by testing it out with friends/family in their respective homes).
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