by Chris Kennedy
Executive Director, Institute for Age-Friendly Housing
Here in Silicon Valley, there is a way of thinking, a business acumen, and a project development style that catapulted technology innovation at warp speed. The question for over a decade has been "Why can't we bring this innovation process into the field of aging --- to connect ideas, and to accelerate the proliferation of age-friendly projects and practices?" The answer now is: "WE CAN! With a Design Challenge!" (Read more ...)
1. Stanford Center on Longevity's Design Challenge is a global competition aimed at is a global competition aimed at encouraging students to design products and services to improve the lives of older adults. The first Challenge in 2013 focused on cognitive impairment. The 2014 Challenge, launching in September, is focused on ways to enable personal mobility among older adults in their daily lives, both inside their homes and in their community.
2. OpenIDEO is a Design Challenge platform that IDEO launched online. This crowd sourcing format invites people all over the world to participate. Among the challenge questions that have been posed on OpenIDEO are:
How might we inspire and engage young people to support older adults through mentorship?
How might we all maintain well-being and thrive as we age?
That's WHY....the Institute for Age-Friendly Housing has partnered with IDEO to co-create Design Challenge: Aging-in-Place, Silicon Valley for the 2014 Silicon Valley Positive Aging Forum.
Every Design Challenge begins by posing a Big Question -- a call to action for social good. The Forum's question is: How might we empower and support older adults to thrive in their home and community?
IDEO will guide Forum participants through the design process. Creative new ideas will be generated and refined through collaboration. Winning projects will be selected by participants to be carried forward-- beyond the day -- for prototyping and implementation.
It is a bold and exciting endeavor -- where design innovation meets the challenges and opportunities of Aging-in-Place, beginning now, here in Silicon Valley.