Nathan Waterhouse

"Director, Designer, and Geek, OpenIDEO & OI Engine"

I lead the team and manage our pipeline of challenges for social good. I also direct the Amplify program from the OpenIDEO side, a collaboration between DFID, OpenIDEO and

We created OpenIDEO to bring together a community of smart people like you to help solve some of the most complex problems we face. Thank you to everyone for your generosity, passion, and energy so far. Here's to more impact.

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Our Four barriers to recycling at home

Having been discussing the idea of this challenge for the last 18 months, I have been conscious...
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Spending the day at YP Foundation in...

​YP Foundation was started in 2002 by social entrepreneur Ishita Chaudhry with support from...
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From the field in Delhi: Ladies Only

Amplify's first day in the field in Delhi after an early morning arrival from England...

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Christopher Rannefors

December 07, 2013, 04:13AM

Thank you for the friendly encouragement. If you haven’t read Heinlein’s “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” I think you will enjoy it. I am working on mastering all those skills myself, but for the life of me I cannot seem to figure out how to ‘conn a ship.’

Buckminster Fuller is an inspiration; I hope to build a miniature geodesic dome in my backyard some day. I have added ‘spaceship planet earth’ to my list.

I want to congratulate you and your team on all you have accomplished with OpenIDEO thus far. It is truly a unique platform that demonstrates the creative power of interdisciplinary and social collaboration. While at times the challenge bears the burden of a second job, when you are working with a community of passionate and exceptional individuals the lines between work and play begin to blur. Through my experience leading a team, I have come up with a series of ideas for improving the platform for the future, and I will be sure to share them as suggestions with your team in case you find them useful.


August 04, 2011, 00:42AM
Nathan is not only an integral part of our OpenIDEO Team – but occasionally he finds time to pump out mind-blowing ideas for our challenges. Grameen Creative Lab selected his Mobile Training Camp for Entrepreneurs as a winner on the Social Business Challenge – and our community rallied around this fab concept too. Way to go, Nathan!


December 08, 2011, 03:34AM
And crikey – he's done it again! Nathan's Local Advice Wiki: AmnestyGuide concept was winner on the Amnesty Challenge. We don't know where he finds the time – but his collaborative approach to iterate socially innovative ideas continue to rock our world.

Philipp Schaefer

August 02, 2010, 19:25PM
Nathan - thank you so much for fighting for and working on this!

An Old Friend

June 19, 2010, 00:06AM
Without Nathan this site would never have happened - well done!
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