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What’s the most innovative thing going on where you live? 

Before we start writing the agenda, we’d like to build a library of insights and inspirations, capturing the most interesting things happening globally. Post videos, images and stories to inspire your fellow OpenIDEO members with what’s happening in your world, either locally or at the national level. Remember to think broadly – this is a big topic and the community can use all the inspiration we can gather to help inform the next phase: Agenda Concepts.

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How painting the favelas in Brazil can make a difference in the lives of those in it and around it. I believe what we see everyday plays a big part on how we live and see ourselves. Beauty and creativity can engage, motivate and generate awareness.

People with autism face barriers in accessing all parts of society that you or I might take for granted. It is important to stress that the concept of autism is not ‘carved in stone’. We are still very much at the dawn of understanding. We are all on a journey of exploration, and are unearthing new layers of meanings, opening new doorways and finding ourselves wandering down new pathways all the time. This is partly why it is such an exciting field to be involved with.

When I think about global challenges that require innovative thinking and solutions, I immediately turn to the need for entrepreneurship education for children. In the United States, there are a couple of great nonprofits teaching kids the basics of business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy (Junior Achievement, NFTE, and The BizWorld Foundation to name a few). Interestingly, what you see outside of the US (especially in developing countries like Brazil, for instance), are instances of young people who are essentially forced to be innovative and entrepreneurial in order to support their families, go to school, etc (as an example, check out this TechCrunch article about entrepreneurs in the slums of Brazil

How can artists, business people, builders, programmers (etc. etc.) learn from (and have fun with) each other through barter systems?

How can we use design to reduce an age-old problem of corruption across different countries and cultures? Corruption breeds in both developed and developing countries although their forms may differ. In developing countries, it may be in the form of a physical bribe; in developed countries, it may be in the form of undue influence by large corporations on political leaders. Both forms cause complex societal problems, such as inequity, poverty, etc. The problem of corruption must first be tackled without which many other problems will remain.

These Millennium Development Goals ( were agreed to by all members of the United Nations, as well as >20 other international organizations. As about 2/3 of the time has passed from the launch of the Millennium Development Goals in 2000 to the target achievement date of 2015, the UN recently held a summit ( to assess progress, share approaches, and commit to an action agenda.

One of the big inhibitors that I see in our governmental work right now is inertia bred through fear of failure. Innovation is a series of learnings that only come from experimentation and failure needs to be embraced as such: part of a learning journey.

The Microcredit Summit Campaign provides small loans to people in developing countries to provide them with the opportunity to empower themselves.Given the chance ingenuity can arise out of any situation, the only thing a lot of people need is the opportunity.

The Microcredit Summit Campaign provides small loans to people in developing countries to provide them with the opportunity to empower themselves.Given the chance ingenuity can arise out of any situation, the only thing a lot of people need is the opportunity.

The most pressing need is the reduction of poverty in the developing world. This can only be done sustainably through the creation of employment. We need to increase labour in the developing world without increasing consumerism in the West. We need a revolution in hand made. Hand manufacture holds huge opportunity for poverty reduction by taking much needed work to remote and rural locations, increasing the rural economies and reducing economic migration to cities. It’s not necessarily something for scale but rather can be many small businesses that celebrate diversity. Paul Bennett created the equation ‘ SMALL x MANY = BIG’ and it’s spot on.

In 1997, at 16 years old, Peñaflorida started a youth group in his high school aimed at diverting students attention away from street gangs, and towards community activism and personal development. Joined by other classmates, they named the group "Dynamic Teen Company". Dynamic Teen Company started as a friendship club of around 20 members, with an aim of providing youth awareness projects, talent and self-development activities, and community services. They partnered with Club 8586, another community service organization operating in the area. They eventually pioneered the idea of the "pushcart classroom", wherein pushcarts were stocked with school materials such as books, pens, tables, and chairs, and then used on Saturdays to recreate school settings in unconventional locations such as the cemetery or trash dump.

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