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Product Consultant/Freelance UX Designer
My multitude of hobbies and self assigned projects over the years has instilled a confidence to take on almost any project. This confidence translates into my ability to adapt to many different industries and fulfill many roles. Both in my hobbies and in work, I've donned many hats: product manager, brand strategist, international communicator, and UX/Game designer to name a few.
My long term goals are to hone my skills in strategy and design. My work background has strictly been in the videogame industry, and the design and curation of user experience and game design is what keeps me excited. I strive to master delight, so that one day I can all help us all be better versions of us.
My most involved OpenIdeo submission was for the first one in 2010:
"Refill to Revitalize" - http://www.claudiang.com/resume/Refill2Revitalize.pdf
A platform and service that provides customized advice, statistics, and actionable tasks based on your age bracket and personal life goals. The idea is to educate and motivate users to fulfill their life ambitions.
This is an excerpt from a BBC Article that I feel does a very good job of capturing the violence that Africans are subjected to, and how Dr. Mukwege's mission has sparked some hope for women. Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21499068
- Senior communities - Geriatric care offices - waiting room reading material - Flea Markets(might seem a bit ironic) - End of checkout counter stalls manned with volunteers - Day time television ads - Community street fairs
I think you might be right about the stories and grandchildren being more interested. And as you said, it depends on the relationship of the family though. Most of the time grandparents to grandchildren have better relationships than parent to child ones. So are you recommending, that it be initiated by the grandchild?
You also bring up a good point that there is no blanket solution to get an elderly person on board with purging most of their stuff. I assume it will have to be at the discretion of the closest family member facilitating this. This may sounds manipulative, but the best way to get people on board with an idea is to get them to think of it themselves.
Just a suggestion or a test with your own grandmother, but perhaps you can start asking to see old pictures or really precious things from the past, and of course be interested and curious(as you naturally should be since it's a part of your history). If you can get her talking about it and getting her excited about it, she might start want to go through other things to show you. There is a large chance that the things she is fetching are in storage or something. This may be hard to do, but I think you can somehow get her to verbally admit that there is too much stuff, or things to go through. That would be the perfect time to strike with "well...if you'd like, I can come by on the weekends and help you go through and organize your things? I'd like to spend more time with you". If she says no, I'd say give is a couple weeks for it to sink in. In my experience older people are resistant to change and some ideas need to steep.
I also just realized that offering to use a service called "Declutterbugs" might offend some people. It might be to early for branding, but maybe we should consider renaming this?
For prototyping, I think you can get as small as testing a local senior center and asking if they would participate in letting a group of seniors design a solution for a small problem the center might be facing. And that the board will seriously consider executing their solution if it's feasible.
I think there is a lot of opportunity to engage the elderly and empower them in feeling that they can still influence their surroundings. My only recommendation is that the sample group is small. Design by consensus is always a mess, and you don't want your project to flounder because their were too many cooks in the kitchen.