Let’s build a school. And decide afterwards how we will get people to actually visit it and learn something. That’s of course not what the students of the Delft University thought when they decided that they want to use their expertise to aid a Ghanian village in building a school.
But still the thought crossed my mind when I was sitting in on a brainstorm to help them come up with ideas to make sure the school will be put to good use. I was thinking that they surely started this project the wrong way around. But they are still in time to get their steps right: the school is not build yet! So we, the brainstormers, advised them to just go back some steps, get educated on the needs of the village and build from there.
Hope they succeed! Because there can’t never be enough schools!
Awesomeness…as opposed to the years before. So I’m at the 1%EVENT 2012 edition. As I were last year. And the year before that. And I was expecting the same set-up: some inspiring speakers, people co-creating. But leave it to the 1%-ers to not stick with don’t change a winning formula. Why would they, if they can totally make it work better.
So much amazing conversations, co-creation sessions and open spaces are going on at the 1%EVENT making it very difficult to choose which one to attend or participate in. I completely gave ‘the chosing’ up and decided to walk the room/space and just listen in and if interesting: join.
A speech that really inspired us, we told Marlon. Well, he had some more inspiring examples for us. One girl who used to be a drugs addict and now was being invited to ICT events to give speeches. Drop outs are now giving lectures to professors and are being published. Thi is all happening because Marlon had an idea how to use technology for community Empowerment. Because Marlon believes: the biggest ROI you get is from investing in people. So he makes mobile crowds counseling possible. And has reached over 150 000 people already.
Marlon: “I tell people not to invest in careers but invest in leaving a legacy. Having a career shouldn’t be your goal. You could have a great career but at the end of the day you’re not remembered. You’ll be remembered for leaving a legacy.”
One of the pitched ideas for the Open Space: share your failure!
Lot’s of briliant ideas are being presented in the Open Space, but what about those ideas that once were presented as briliant and after putting them into productions just plain failed? Normally people would be ashamed of that and will not want to talk about it. But here’s one truly BRILIANT idea: celebrate your failure, share it with the world and learn from it!
So enters: the BRILLIANT FAILURE AWARD!
To truly inovate you must learn of your mistakes. That’s the principle. So the Institute for Brilliant Failures in co-op with 1%CLUB urges the development sector to share their Brilliant Failures with each other and the world.