• Shwetabh S Verma

OpenIDEO Spotlight

December 12, 2019


Meet OpenIDEO’s Chapter Organizers

Dive into this Q&A to hear from some of the Chapter Organizers—both new and veteran—about what it's like to be part of this wide-reaching community.

We believe that anyone is capable of using creativity to address a problem. We also know that today’s societal and environmental issues are too big to solve alone. To that end, we’re passionate about bringing together all kinds of people—including eager problem solvers, community builders, innovators, and funders—to take action together on global challenges.

OpenIDEO Chapters are a powerful example of this collaboration. In more than 30 cities around the world, they tap into the strength of the wider ecosystem by rallying around global efforts through local convenings that take many forms, whether it’s a discussion about the state of our food system, a workshop that aims to build bridges in a divided society, or a celebratory community dinner. As researchers, facilitators of dialogue, and skilled contextualizers, they have the unique ability to bring a local lens to designing solutions that impact their communities, while taking ideas from the OpenIDEO online platform into the world.


Each Chapter is creatively structured to collectively design change and is made up of individuals who bring a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise, whether they include the role of a design expert who skillfully facilitates user research sessions, a community designer who forges critical partnerships, or a storyteller who captures the magic of it all. The teams all operate at different levels and styles, which is part of what makes this global community so rich and diverse.


This quarter, we welcomed new OpenIDEO Chapters in Ankara, Bangkok, Moscow, Paris, Beirut, and Melbourne, bringing forth a new set of volunteer-driven communities who are eager to make an impact in their cities through collaborative design. Dive into the Q&A below to hear from some of the Chapter Organizers—both new and veteran—about what it's like to be part of this wide-reaching community.