Have you ever wanted to see current or potential innovations for poverty or the environment without having to do a lot of researching or reading? Have you ever thought of an idea and wanted to tell the world about it and get feedback? How it could be different was founded for these purposes - to enable people to easily see, share, and suggest ideas in different categories and be like a “Wikipedia for ideas.” It features both abridged ideas from the world and from our community to make it easy to learn about and spread ideas.
My name is Jaya and I am one of the co-founders of How it could be different. The idea for How it could be different was developed from my own personal desire to want to learn and spread ideas I thought were innovative and potential solutions to issues in the world. In 2005, I visited a developing country, India, for the first time. Though I had known about poverty, it shocked me to be confronted by elderly with missing limbs and child beggars on the street. I wondered: What were the best ways to alleviate poverty? Why did countries have different standards of living? What was the best nonprofit/charity to donate to? What were ways governments could best aid their citizens? I began to keep lists of ideas and became interested in discovering and learning about what ideas were out there to be potential solutions and improvements.
As I began to keep these lists, I wondered if there was a website that I could go to and easily see great ideas without having to read and search for them. There is so much information about innovation in the world – research papers, newspaper and magazine articles, websites, TED talks, think tank policy briefs, books – and no website to really easily access this information. I believe one of the most useful websites on the internet is Wikipedia because it makes information easy to find. With this in mind, I decided to create How it could be different because I believe there is a need for the world to have a website where ideas for improvement can be collected and easily accessed. In addition, on How it could be different, people can vote for ideas they agree with, allowing us to show which ideas are most supported by the public. With increased funding for more development and staff, we hope to be able to also add links for people to easily advocate for ideas from the site.
So, please join us at How it could be different to be able to easily see, share, and suggest ideas. We are also posting an “Idea of the Day” on Facebook and Twitter and would love to see you there as well. In addition, please get in touch if you would be interested to join our team and help us continue to collect, build awareness of and inspire ideas for improvement.