How might we inspire and enable communities to take more initiative in making their local environments better?
(also, this was voted crowd favourite!)
COMPLAINTEREST: What if complaints were creative opportunities? Well… they are! This team decided that by aggregating complaints, they'd be able to craft community calls-to-action: getting community innovators/entrepreneurs to take on the challenges. After all, one man's complaint is another man's business case right?
(COMMUNITY) LIBRARY OF EVERYTHING: So how do you solve the "I'd like to use something, but only need it infrequently" problem? Well, that's what we've used libraries for (books). Why don't we extend that metaphor over to -hardware tools, cooking implements, instruments, "stuff", or even services?- everything else? Imagine walking past to what appears to be a wonderfully curated garage sale – but year-round, and with no money ever changing hands. It's like a community Library of Everything.
Now go make it real, or someone else will. ;) Start here.
L-R: Khairu, Haresh & gang. Quintessential Dave. In the thick of it. More great pics here. Credit: Shawn Danker
But seriously. We'd really like to see some of these ideas (and the others, and others) happen. With a little bit of TLC, we can cause a little creative joy & spontaneity. If you've gotten just as stoked as we have - and have already posted a bunch load of things on the OpenIDEO challenge page - get in touch. We may have fun(d) things for you.
Backstory: IDEO is a pretty cool design & innovation consultancy, and do great work. What if certain projects had social impact objectives, and what if thousands of creative minds could contribute to them? Enter OpenIDEO. The current OpenIDEO challenge on community ownership is based on Singapore (woot!) - so, of course we had to get more locally-originated ideas going. IDEO's Sg office approached us to collaborate, and the rest is history. ;)