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Breaking Down Assumptions in our Recycling Challenge Research Phase

By listening to the individual stories and insights of others, we break down our own assumptions – what we think we know – and it leads to some incredible ‘aha’ moments throughout the process. This is why we run the Research phase of the challenge before jumping straight into idea development.

Research Phase: The Low Down

We're sometimes asked at OpenIDEO why we run the Research phase first and don't just dive straight into the Concepting phase to start generating ideas. So we thought we'd share some reasons on why we've found the inspiration approach to be success

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #7

A significant part of my role as CCC is to highlight stories and good moves within the OpenIDEO community. But today I want to show you a glimpse of my off-platform community – Bombay – and share one example of a network’s potential to make this urban area safer and more empowering for women and girls.

An Insider Scoop on Impact for Women's Safety

Now that the Women's Safety Challenge Ideas phase is in full motion, we are excited to sit down with members of the Amplify Team to get an insider's scoop. Nathan Waterhouse (OpenIDEO), Sean Hewens ( and Nicki Goh (UK Department of International Development) share their thoughts with the OpenIDEO community:

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #6

Quick recap of Ideas phase so far and suggestions for next steps on sharing ideas, prototyping, and collaboration.

Preparing For My Women’s Safety Challenge Prototype

The power of OpenIDEO comes from the open-source environment where all ideators are encouraged to build on the submitted ideas and consequently form teams. In the coming weeks, I will bring together a few ideas and prototype them. I highly encourage everyone to prototype together with me and take the ideas further with a human-centered-approach.

Women's Safety Challenge: Tips for Ideas

In preparation for the Ideas phase, the Amplify Team recently came together for a day-long Synthesis Workshop. Our goal was to reflect on the patterns and themes surfaced by the community during Research and gather insights around the collective contributions so far. Hundreds of Post-its later, the team took everything we learned from the Research phase and identified six Opportunity Areas and Design Principles to help guide you into the Ideas phase:

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #5

Welcome to the Ideas phase! Here are several easy-to-use tools to kick start your thinking towards solutions that will make low-income urban areas safer for women and girls.

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #4

“If we don’t intentionally include, we intentionally exclude.” The Research phase is rich in contributions that include men and boys in awareness, discussion, and action – reminding us that safety for women and girls concerns all of us.

Designing in Low-Income Communities

We checked in with IDEO's Jocelyn Wyatt to get some tips on generating Concepts for low-income communities.

Tips and Tricks to Run an Effective Prototype From and Acumen and Acumen ran an amazing Human Centered Design course over summer 2013 which offered great advise on creating social impact. As a community we can learn and use their materials on prototyping to create more impact.

Evolving Your Thought-starter

Congrats on diving into our Ideas phase! Here's some tips on areas you might explore to develop your idea further and bring it closer to our big goal: real world impact.

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #3

Connecting online collaboration with offline action, or in which I leave the computer to engage with the world.

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #2

There are lots of themes developing among our 400+ contributions so far. Among these themes, I’ve noticed two umbrella categories: shifting attitudes and safety measures.

Women's Safety Challenge Community Champion Update #1

Here is a good problem to have: OpenIDEO collaborators have been so active in the week or so since the Women's Safety Challenge launched that one blog post can't possibly capture all the share-worthy research I've come across so far. For this update, I chose to focus on interviews, highlighting a few examples from the community and offering tips to get you started on your own.

Collaborative Innovation and the Power of Local Conversation

At OpenIDEO we believe that including local communities in our conversation is a key step in the challenge process. For our Women’s Safety Challenge, women and girls living in low-income urban areas can provide unique insights and ideas about how to make cities safer. With that in mind, the Amplify Team has been in South Asia for the last two weeks, meeting with organisations, community members and other stakeholders and trying to answer this question: How might we extend our collaborative innovation process to developing world communities not currently participating in the Women’s Safety Challenge?

Insights from the Field: Introducing the Amplify Team

As part of the newly-launched Women's Safety Challenge, a team of designers from and OpenIDEO are currently traveling in Delhi, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. The goal of their two-week trip is to meet with local community members, gather real-world insights through interviews and various design exercises and connect with organisations currently working to support the safety and empowerment of women and girls.

OpenIDEO Teams: The Lowdown

Collaboration is the name of the game on OpenIDEO, right? To acknowledge the online nature of this co-operation, we developed the idea of Teams. Get the scoop on how to get your collaboration moves on.

Announcing Our New Community Roles for the Women's Safety Challenge

Last week we issued a call for applications for our new Community Roles and were blown away by the experiences and perspectives you shared with us. After a very tough decision, we’re now excited to announce the folks who will be guiding our collaborations during this challenge.

Apply for 3 exciting community roles for our Women’s Safety Challenge

Building on the Community Champion role that we’ve prototyped in the last few challenges, we’re experimenting with a few additional, specific volunteer community roles to deepen our community's OpenIDEO experience.
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