Have you ever found yourself with some time to spare and the urge to do something good with it? And did you manage to do that? Micro volunteering is not easy. Sure, there are several websites, like Sparked, but their focus is mainly on online tasks. What about off-line action? Well, that was exactly the thought of Paul Frigout when he came up with his Greenbook concept on Open Planet Ideas. Standing at a bus stop, waiting for the bus to come, he thought how great it would be if right at that moment he would be able to find a spot close by to make a difference in that short time. Continue reading →
One recently completed challenge was sponsored by Sony and WWF. It asked the question how today’s technology can address the environmental challenges we’re all facing and had a separate channel called Open Planet Ideas. It is completed in the sense that the inspiration, concepting and evaluation phases are all finished now, and that there is a winning concept that is now in the process of becoming real. The concept, called Greenbook, aims to lower the threshold for volunteering, so that people can more easily contribute to changing communities and the environment for the better. On the Open Planet Ideas website and Facebook page, the conversation continues. Everybody is invited to contribute to making this concept real. On top of that, some participants have been invited to join Development Day. I am one of them, and next Friday I will be in London for some intense brainstorm sessions to see how Greenbook can be further developed and refined. As should be with an open innovation platform, participation is not limited to the people in the room! Through the Open Planet Ideas website, Facebook page, and other social media, you can share your input as well.
As you can imagine, I’m looking forward to the Open Planet Ideas Development Day, and will definitely report back on it. In the mean time, the question is: how do you think Greenbook can convince you to do some volunteering, or raise the number of volunteered hours in your community/organisation? And: what issues in your community should be addressed?