The OpenIdeo Design Challenge


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I am a great fan of Ideo, which I believe has some of the most creative minds on the planet thinking about solutions to real world problems.


Yesterday I found out about “OpenIdeo” which is an online platform where anyone can contribute to new designs with a social purpose. Here is a video of what they do and how they do it:



I was attracted to the latest featured challenge:


How might we all maintain wellbeing and thrive as we age?


I decided to put in my own small contribution based on the idea of a website where people can share, support others and find their passion in life. This is my introduction:


“There’s that thing that you knew you always loved but never did, well life is for exploring your passion. Let’s start an on-line community to feed, support and mutually inform the “achievement of a life’s dream”.


I inserted a video of Dolores Cannon talking about how she has found her life’s passion in writing and communicating and how it keeps her going and hardly ever feeling ill or depressed.


My last quote was: “The inspiration is summed up wonderfully by Dolores Cannon in the video. Finding your passion helps you to overcome illness, gives you a reason to get up in the morning and inspires you to achieve at whatever it is that you love the most in this world. If you can help others or inspire them as well then we have an added bonus.”


So far it has had 23 views and 1 comment from Annie Lin of the OpenIdeo team. She wrote:


” So true. I think finding/pursuing one’s passions is important across age groups, but I can see it being especially important for the retired community! Thanks Malcolm. Looking forward to additional thoughts from you and others about what this community (which helps people pursue their passions) might look like!”


So, I’m up and running in less than 24 hours and I look forward to any future feedback on my idea. I can also feedback to others on theirs and hopefully some great ideas will come from the challenge that can help to promote a healthier and happier “old age” for our ever-growing 60+ population.







About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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