NextGen Circular Business Accelerator teams. From left to right: Joe Tighe of Solublue (UK); Francis Carroll, Lizzie Horvitz, and Brian Reilly of Muuse (Indonesia); Jeff Bassett of Footprint (USA); Safia Qureshi and Simon Millman of CupClub (UK); Henrik Björnberg of Colombier Group (Finland); Fabian Eckert and Alexandra Gurstmeier of RECUP (Germany).

3 Community-Driven Insights on Collaborative Innovation

Reflecting on five virtual conversations that challenged our global community to envision why we gather, and how we might gather for good

Growing Our Gathering Power

At OpenIDEO, we’ve been working to expand, connect, and empower our global community in deeper ways. We’ve seen that fostering inclusive spaces for passionate, diverse people to come together unlocks the power of creativity.

We started by bringing together a small group of diverse, committed OpenIDEO community volunteer leaders from around the globe at Gather—a weeklong community summit to think about how we might bring more impact to OpenIDEO initiatives in the year ahead. We were inspired to see that creating intentional moments to share courageously about struggles, celebrate successes, and deepen real human connection can fuel the challenging but meaningful work our community is doing around the globe.

Soon after, Gather participants and OpenIDEO team members began exploring ways to continue the big conversations that surfaced at Gather. Together, we synthesized insights and developed key opportunity areas to explore with the entire OpenIDEO community.

Considering these opportunity areas, we collaboratively identified specific pain points and scoped ‘How Might We’ statements so a broader group of community members could ideate and share insights on the topics. Take a look at these 15 pain points and guiding questions in the Digital Gather deck shared HERE.

With these opportunity areas and guiding questions in mind, we then invited our entire community to collaborate virtually during five unique design sessions: the Digital Gather Experience.

Over 270 community members that represented Chapter Organizers, Community Coaches, Community Fellows, Community Prototypers, Funders, Community Leaders, and Chapter participants from every continent (minus Antarctica) signed up to listen, ideate, collaborate, and explore these topics together.  

A snapshot of our global community during our digital design sessions.

Three Insights & Questions To Explore

Though each topic was discussed from a wide range of perspectives, there were three ingredients for impact we kept hearing. We hope these this might spark more questions, conversations, and activities to move our work forward.

Start with humanity—Often in impact work, we feel a sense of urgency and want to jump straight into action. When we instead start by sharing what makes us human, how we are feeling, and what’s going on in our life right now, we get to connect in deeper ways that lay the foundation for different types of collaboration.

Questions that surfaced:

  1. How might we create spaces where people feel safe?
  2. How might we build a common language that crosses boundaries and allows people to meaningfully participate?
  3. What rituals can we create to make connecting a habit?  

Move to action and collaborate—Once we have a foundation of trust, shared language, and a vision, make the move to stop talking and start doing. Set small goals and celebrate both the wins and learning moments.

Questions that surfaced:

  1. What are small things your team can do immediately to help you track and share learnings together?
  2. How might we divide and conquer to lighten the workload?
  3. How might we make leadership more about the number of people we empower rather than the amount of power one person holds?

Think big—It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Now that we've started working together, stay connected to a bigger vision and keep moving forward. If we want to change systemic problems, our work should support long-term action and growth.

 Questions that surfaced:

  1. How might we define a clear vision for leaders to align with, get excited about, and articulate out to others?
  2. How might we set the right goals? Research shows we can go further when we have a big, achievable and unifying goal, but we slow down as we get closer to our goal. To help when things get tough, we recommend going back to the foundational human elements that brought your team together around the problems you’re addressing.  

Want To Get Involved?

The core theme that came up in all five Digital Gatherings was a deep desire to collaborate and support each other as we tackle topics around global health, sustainability, and equity and inclusion. Here are three ways we’d love to keep the collaborations going:

  • Join a Chapter Near You—Chapters convene problem solvers in cities worldwide to take local action on global OpenIDEO initiatives.
  • Join an Active Challenge—Our global calls to use open innovation and human-centered design to solve pressing global problems.  
  • Continue the Conversation—Fill out this form to share your interest in volunteering or getting involved in a deeper way.
Let’s continue creating change together.

Understanding Cybersecurity

  1. Cybersecurity and Crime: Google Security Princess Parisa Tabriz and Jenny Martin from Symantec introduce the most common types of cybercrime in this video.
  2. Cybersecurity: How it Works: A 5 min IBM video on how cybersecurity works.
  3. Cybersecurity in Under 3 Minutes: Learning about CyberSimplicity in under 3 min. 
  4. DEFCON Hacking Challenge: A 6 min hacking experiment at Defcon.
  5. Cybersecurity Crash Course: This video gives a crash course on the basics of cybersecurity.

  1. Can news coverage of cyber issues get past hacks and attacks?: Hewlett Foundation commissioned a study from George Washington University Professor Sean Aday to analyze news coverage from 2014 to 2017 in major news media outlets. Sean Aday, discusses the report’s key findings and their implications.
  2. Comics with a Serious Message: The Rise of Cartoons for Teaching Cybersecurity: Article investigating the use of comics for serious topics on cybersecurity.
  3. Shall I Compare Thee to a Cyber Attack?: A U.S. Army cybersecurity analyst offers a lesson in explaining the impact of a cyber attack: use better metaphors.
  4. Delete Yourself: Television’s conflicted, heroic hackers: An article talking about Hollywood’s reductive portrayal of Hackers.
  5. Can news coverage of cyber issues get past hacks and attacks?: An article on news coverage of cybersecurity, and an invitation to dive into policy.
  6. Covering Cyber: Media coverage of cyber issues since 2014: Media coverage of cybersecurity since 2014.
  7. Tech Privacy: The Funniest Hacker Stock Photos 4.0: The Future of Hacking: An overview in pictures of hacker pictures, all looking very similar.
  8. War on the Rocks: Cyber Officials Need Help But Are Experts Up to the Task: Article on cybersecurity policy and the gap between academics government.
  9. Why the U.S. Needs More Cyber Translators: A case study at the intersection between government and tech experts known as “cyber translation.”
  10. Musicians May be the Key to the CyberSecurity Shortage: A read on finding creative talent for the cybersecurity industry.
  11. Art Show at Chicago’s THOTCON 0x9 Hacker Conference: When Art intersects with Cybersecurity.
  12. Innovation of Diversity in CyberSecurity: An article highlighting the diversity problem in Cybersecurity: Women are always minorities.
  13. How Design Thinking Can Change Cybersecurity: Design Thinking solving the Cybersecurity challenges.
  14. Foreign Policy: In Cyber War, There are No Rules: An article outlining the need for conventions and rules in the cybersecurity world.
  15. The Role of Instructional Design in Persuasion:A Comics Approach for Improving Cyber Security: This article highlights comics’ role in persuading users to practice good computer security.
  16. Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles: Case study studying the effect of hackers on self-driving cars.
  1. Juan Andrés Guerrero-Saade, Principal Security Researcher, Recorded Future: Podcast featuring CyberSecurity Conversations.
  2. Ivan Arce on Hacking in Culture in Argentina: Podcast episode about the concentration of hacking talent in Argentina, and Ivan's focus on security problems in the Android ecosystem.
  3. Aanchal Gupta on Societal Change: Aanchal shares her story and provides guidance for young women struggling to overcome societal obstacles.
  4. How we know Russia did it, the FBI using Best Buy, an IBM study on ransomware, and more: A podcast on political hacking from Daniel Miessler, a cybersecurity expert and author of The Real Internet of Things.
  5. The IoT You Got for Christmas: A podcast discussing the finer points of the internet of things.
  6. Targeted Threats from Facts to Fiction: A discussion on advanced threats in cybersecurity.
  7. Security Awareness Deep Dive: Podcast on why you shouldn’t train employees for security awareness.
  8. Prove to me you are Human: Discussions on authentication issues, network security, airplane security, AI, and Minecraft.

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