In 2009 I failed in being hired by a local NGO specialised in helping children for the reason that I also emphatised with old people category, a great source of wisdom, knowledge and inspiration to tap for our generations. I’ve been told that old people lived their lives and that we have to focus on much younger generations who are vulnerable. I see vulnerability at both ends. Before the end of the interview, I went away as I felt an overwhelming incompatibility.
In 2014 I’ve been rejected by an international NGO specialised in humanitarian crisis interventions for the reason that I didn’t have humanitarian experience. It was true. I hadn’t in the conventional NGO way.
Before and after that I kept solving problems in open innovation to contribute to NGOs struggles in solving complex problems. I’ve never applied for a job inside an NGO since then. One of us was not ready for the other.
Find below a few problems coming from worldwide NGOs that challenged me to work, research and deliver solutions through open innovation platforms:
1) Drive to End hunger – Elimination of Food Deserts for AARP Foundation, USA – targing ageing population living in food deserts. I delivered a sustainable highly operational mechanism able to eliminate food deserts by envisioning a low cost supply chain – alternative, unconventional distribution channel for food providers by using taxi principles and unemployed car owners of all ages.
2) Drive to End hunger – Sustainable Solutions for AARP Foundation, USA – targeting ageing population. I designed a management model around a modelled core service based on building a powerful food re-distribution network where the target population of 50+ to be both service providers and service beneficiaries at the same time.
3) Communication Platform to Connect Vulnerable Communities with Climate Change Solutions for The World Resources Institute: Local communities across the globe will need to adapt to new climate conditions over the next years and decades. In doing so, they may be facing rising sea levels, public health concerns, water scarcity, floods, heat waves and more extreme weather, among other impacts. Communities, companies, and governments can take advantage of innovative communication options to create platforms to share information on needs and deploy locally-appropriate solutions. To be effective, these platforms will need to leverage or create incentives that can motivate the various stakeholders to actively communicate needs and solutions related to climate change.
4) Systems to Monitor Institutional Corruption for Harvard, Edmond J.Safra Center for Ethics: based on the fact that so many corrupting forces are legal and not necessarily unethical within the relevant institution; data is challenging to collect and traditional ways of monitoring corrupting forces such as watchdog groups, regulatory agencies, and the media can be vulnerable to conflicts of interest themselves – to develop an innovative system or tool that will facilitate the detection and aggregation of information regarding corrupting forces within institutions in a way that is easily accessible and useful to relevant constituencies.
5) Collaborative Activist Network for Better Healthcare for Joseph H. Kanter Family Foundation(KFF), USA: built a large-scale (at least 5 million members) collaborative activist network/coalition of citizens (patients and patient advocates) that will educate the public and will help create broad demand and support for the further development of data sharing tools that better inform health care decision making. It requested innovative ideas for creating an activist network of patients, medical professionals, and the general public, focused on promoting a health system based on patient outcome data (based on EHR=Electronic Heath Records).
6) Creating a Community of Successful Readers for Community Foundation of North Louisiana: The RAND Corporation has revealed that Caddo Parish, Louisiana, has a high portion of high school age children who are not enrolled in high school and who have not graduated.
7) Turning a confiscated Camora Villa into a social-business for Euclid Network, social innovation for turning Naples, Italy into a sustainable example (2 solutions provided)
8) Making an abandoned Roman bath accessible and sustainable for Euclid Network, social innovation for turning Naples, Italy into a sustainable example (2 solutions provided)
9) Mechanisms to motivate government transparency for The Economist: Ideas Economy Innovation event held in Berkeley, California, USA on March 28, 2012