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In a previous post, I described an exercise we've used to get people motivated about putting forward ideas to our competition. This time, I'm going to talk about the things that people like best about the technology they use, or rather the things that make it easier for them to want to use technology!
As you may remember from our "walk through" guide to help stimulate ideas for our competition, we started off by looking at what skills people wanted to learn and share and then onto what would make it easier for them to use technology.
Have you ever wondered how you can make sense and uncover connections between lots and lots of ideas? Have you ever wanted to see if you could understand what trends the ideas were shaping on a theme you were exploring?
We're half way through our competition and as we encourage people to sign up for the event where they can design and develop prototypes, and as the Judges review the ideas, we thought it was timely to see how data visualisation could help join up...and colour in the dots.
Through our methodology, we break up the stages of developing ideas in ways which are practical to people – such as what skills people want to learn and share, how people want to improve their neighbourhood and how people want to help each other.
Coming up with ideas sounds really easy, but sometimes to get the simple but most effective ones, it's worth thinking about how to stimulate them. Breaking up the ideas makes the process seem more meaningful to people taking part and more likely for them to want to work together to develop the ideas.