Steal this idea

October 31, 2010 — 9 Comments

steal this idea

The first two OpenIDEO challenges have recently been completed and now the trick is spreading the best ideas with the goal to have some be implemented. The results of the the educational tools challenge, sponsored by Grey Matters Capital, have been presented at the Enterprising Schools Symposium in Hyderabad. They have also been collated in a catalog that you can download for free. Any idea in the catalog is free to be used in any way by educational entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide. If you work in education then go check out the ideas to see if you can use any of them.

Similarly the Jamie Oliver challenge results have been published in a downloadable book. This time Jamie plans to work on some of his favorite ideas but again everything is available to inspire others innovators.

My question is, what beyond publishing winning concepts can be done to increase the impact of these challenges?

Tim Brown


9 responses to Steal this idea

  1. Loved it. I’m sharing this info within the school (IIT Institute of Design) and some friends in LatinAmerica. Let’s try to make things happen.

  2. I am in total awe of OpenIDEO and idea sharing, however for such kind of social changes, to me the low cost product/ learning material/ learning methods is really of least importance.

    I mean in India most materials (study/ electronic etc etc ) are already much cheaper than the west and I am confident any Indian school teacher will find a way to get his message across.

    The governance and sustainability of the system is really the key. I know a friend’s uncle who is a principal of a village school and he attends office just thrice a month. JUST AN EXAMPLE.

    One year with a crazy Dean in Stanford can definitely create havoc.

    Probably these are issues NGO’s would get into but I feel more integration and accountability of villages/village heads with the closest cities is really required.

    Probably the next phase could be ideas on integration.

  3. After publishing the concepts, there should be funds to support their realization. Discourse is fundamental, but so is action.

    Congratulations on the initiative.

    – Isabel

  4. Great link Peter. Scott’s points are bang on.

  5. Have been participating in the various OpenIdeo challenges, impressed by the collaborative process and inspiring ideas, and excited about the potential spread and application of the results to make a real world impact.

    Christopher Hastings, Bel, & Peter Thomson all raise good points about next steps from implementation brainstorming to funding to gathering all the necessary resources.

    These next steps could be supported by expanding the final “Winning Concepts” phase of all OpenIdeo challenges to a broader “Realization” phase. In addition to publishing a downloadable book & encouraging the OpenIdeo community (& IDEO) to share it broadly with other innovators & potential implementors, this phase would also facilitate the actual implementation of ideas by enabling people/organizations to: 1) share thoughts that further flesh out how a concept can actually be implemented, 2) offer potential contributions/resources (whether it be individual skills, organization resources, or investment funding) towards creating pilot project, and 3) form project teams that would most likely continue the work off the platform through whatever tools/methods they prefer, but could continue to ask for help from and report back on progress & successes to the community. The 1st 2 of these objective can be achieved with commenting systems that have already been implemented elsewhere on OpenIdeo, while the 3rd objective likely requires the addition of some basic group functionality.

    Looking forward to where Ideo & the OpenIdeo community evolves this, and eager to take part in making it happen!

  6. I second Vincent idea of having a “Realization” phase after the “Winning Concepts” phase.

    In addition, part of the logo for the new phase could be: “Sponsored by: “. ‘Company Name’ should be left blank so anyone who clicks on that phase can be taken to a page where the site shows information about implementing the project like cost, effectiveness, people to contact and a form to fill if they want to sponsor a project.

    Once a company decides to sponsor a project, they get an icon generated specifically for them. They can use this icon to show on their own marketing material emphasizing their contribution to society. (I picked this idea from Microsoft – when you get a certification from Microsoft, you get an set of icons from them with certain guidelines on how to use them).

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