The Challenge


How might we create healthy communities within and beyond the workplace? read the brief

Winning idea

"Grandwiki" - collecting and sharing lessons of the past for healthier living today

Let's collect, publish and disseminate valuable "life lessons" from older people in our societies - from cooking from scratch to achieving a healthier work/life balance.
Can we create a "grandwiki" or similar to harvest all of the seemingly forgotten life lessons from older people in our societies?

From cooking healthy and nutritious meals from scratch to learning to value the important things in life and, in doing so, creating a better work life balance - there's an awful lot that we can learn from older people.

Lessons could be connected and disseminated online, even delivered in person perhaps through excellent networks like the Women's Institute, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Men's Shed's, AIESEC, employee networks etc
What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?
For the individual, it's an opportunity to learn and explore a holistic approach to health and wellbeing that is beyond just exercise. How to be happier? How to be resilient? How to make do - and be content with what you've got? Answers to these questions could perhaps counteract the constant bombardment of television commercials that tell us that our lives are unfulfilled without the latest car, perfume and face cream! For the employer, this is an opportunity to engage, in a meaningful way, with an ageing society. To build new relationships with older people - building trust, credibility and even sales.
What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?
- the amount of lessons captured and shared - the amount of participants accessing, sharing the lessons
How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?
Social media and through existing networks

Evaluation results


Is this concept addressing clear health needs for users?

Indeed! It’s addressing an unmet need in a new way
Yep – it’s addressing a need but in an already crowded space
It’s not clear to see how this idea would significantly improve people’s health

Overall how do you feel about this concept?

This concept rocked my world
I liked it but prefered others
It didn't get my overly excited.

Does this concept feel like it could potentially be sustained as a business or movement over years rather than just months?  Does it feel like it will continue to be relevant in the future?

This concept has enough momentum to stand on its own two feet and remain relevant for years to come
It’s not clear how long it would take for this concept to stand on its own feet or how it will continue – but there’s reason to feel hopeful
This concept may have trouble sustaining itself in the long-run and stay relevant

How easy would it be for people to get involved and improve their health with this idea?

Very easy. It's clear how people could get involved quickly in this concept
I'm not sure if I can grasp how people could get involved easily
It seems challenging for people to get involved quickly in this concept

Does this concept have the potential to reach large numbers of people?

Sure. I could imagine this would spread like wild fire
It's interesting but feels like it would be slow or challenging to grow
It seems somewhat limited in scope


Join the conversation and post a comment.

Bianca Rosendo

November 06, 2013, 13:52PM
Loved this idea. Would be a trully life lesson wiki XD

Jeremy Shar

February 25, 2013, 01:46AM
This feels especially valuable because older people are not necessarily as technologically proficient as young people. As information increasingly is stored digitally, we should be careful not to lose what older generations know simply because they may not be as comfortable with computers.


February 20, 2013, 23:07PM
I love the idea! There are so many things that we can learn from them!

Amy Chong

February 10, 2013, 00:39AM
Congrats on being one of the winners! I was especially fond of your concept because it is easily accessible, can capture a variety of health tips, and strengthens relationships. Great job, Beth!!

Bryce Wilson

January 29, 2013, 03:14AM
Ah man if this gets created I am definitely posting some stories from my Grandfather, who started an aerospace company and built parts which are now on display in the Smithsonian. He inspired me to go into engineering because he managed to accomplish so much for the world and he loved every minute of it.
Figuring out how to love what you do and do what you love is the best lesson he taught me, along with many leadership and managerial tips.
This lesson is something we need more of in our society :)

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:43PM
I completely agree, thank you for sharing.

I have one grandparent left, but a lot of life lessons from my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. She taught me how to sing, and thought I always had much more potential than I ever thought I did. Wouldn't it be great if we could also submit ideas on behalf of loved ones who have passed too?

Thanks for your comment, Bryce. Your grandfather sounds pretty amazing


January 28, 2013, 01:05AM
Like the idea of tapping into the wisdom of the ages.
I wonder if we might tap into the wisdom of athletes as well. They've spent so much time focused on their sports, they may have tips and techniques they've learned along the way to improve performance, motivation, and overall health.

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:44PM
Fantastic idea, Reba. Perhaps not Lance Armstrong though ;-)

But yes,athletes have a lot of insight to share

Nathan Maton

January 23, 2013, 18:30PM
Beth, this idea is awesome both for workplace wellness & cultural wellness. I love the idea of combining this with the on your way home concept ( to build relationships with those who have so much life experience to discuss.

I'm thinking about using social media... Aren't there many fewer seniors on social media? Would there be only knowledge transfer or also the building of meaningful relationships? Potentially both of these could be valuable. One thought would be to make it an exchange and have the senior share stories and the younger person help them share them through social media. I know I've taught my mom a lot this way. It could also tie into making cities more social, where youth could help record these stories online. I may have just taken your idea way beyond what you were thinking but I got excited so only take what makes sense for your concept in this comment here.

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:40PM
Yes, I love that idea. A combination of skills and experience from across generations. A lovely project for schools or even grandkids

But I do think there are a lot of older people now using the Internet, which is good too!

Victor Toh

January 21, 2013, 22:43PM
i like it, its the best words of wisdom, words from from experiences are most valuable in life, they sometimes can't be documented and are hard to attain, but s might change it!

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:45PM
I think you're right, Victor.

You got me thinking though... They always say a picture says a thousand words, so I wonder if people could, in addition to text, post pictures and photos too? What a beautiful way to capture wisdom and engage people

Amy Chong

January 18, 2013, 04:59AM
Hi Beth, really liking this concept! Mailing lists can be another way to spread the wisdom. Feeding people bite size advice may be less overwhelming than looking through huge database of collected information. Also, they can customize the type of health advice (e.g. cooking, relationships etc.).

Meena Kadri

January 21, 2013, 05:24AM
Great build, Amy! I like where you're heading with devising something digestible from a comprehensive platform.

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:46PM
Great idea, Amy. I wonder if you could subscribe to a mailing list from a central platform, to get the latest ideas?


January 17, 2013, 22:39PM
Congrats on being shortlisted to the Top 20 for our Workplace Wellness Challenge!

Our expert panel encouraged you to look to The Amazings for inspiration: How might the resource be recruited? Who might the audience be? Links to other 'how to' resources?

Read more on how to get involved with our Refinement phase: And here's some tips on refining specifically for this challenge: Ready, steady, refine!

Bryce Wilson

January 30, 2013, 05:01AM
One idea to recruit people to post content to this Grand-wiki could be for interested employers to reward employees who post ideas and practical knowledge based on lessons learned from their elders. If several large employers joined together to create one open-source platform and encouraged other companies to come on board gradually, then this could grow to be a resource for thousands of people!

Preeti Vasudevan

December 29, 2012, 06:11AM
The concept could include a section about home remedies too.

Beth Worrall

January 03, 2013, 03:00AM
Great idea, Preeti! I know that there are so many uses for things like vinegar, bi-carb soda etc but I would have no idea... we've lost so much of this knowledge

Mohd Asim Ali

February 14, 2013, 03:49AM
Home remedies concept seems great to me, but i have a doubt of how will you authenticate the remedies.

Will McGrath

December 12, 2012, 15:45PM
This is a really beautiful thought! We learn so much from our elders and role models but how can we hold onto all that we've learnt and understood from them? An online platform certainly seems like one viable option.

Beth Worrall

January 29, 2013, 12:47PM
Thanks Will
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