Just heard about WINsiders4good in the latest anniversary update email (extract at bottom). I went looking for how the WINsiders4good community might operate as I have a great idea to "do good using technology" and felt this might be a great fit. I want to cut 20% off the road toll, with all the compounding benefits that flow to reduce road trauma, and have a credible way to do it. I am a 58yo engineer in Newcastle NSW Australia and have a particular skill set and professional experiences that 15 years ago I figured out the basic elements of how to do this thing, and about 5 years ago tech had developed to the point that the main execution problems were solved; in the last couple of years even more so. Whilst I am nowhere near retirement, it is no small endeavor to do and I want this to be my gift to the world before I go out to pasture / snuff the lights out!
I have tested the concepts in detail and people tell me this is a very practical deliverable solution and is the only thing they have seen that might actually, really do it - they are right! I have just (this month) started down the road to actually make it happen and, in a couple of months or so, it would be really useful to bounce specific problems and ideas off people that might guide me on how to approach them. I know the things I want to do can be done, but some enabling support to fill in the gaps would be handy. The WINsiders4good concept seems a brilliantly sensible way to do exactly that, if it can practically be tapped in to...
Trying to find out more about WINsiders4good on the web reveals not much - a disorganized Twitter experience and a few low on substance item grabs, or is there something I’m missing? From a recent blog by Dona Sarkar it seems the direction it is going in is generally:
I’d also like to thank everyone for all of your help around the research and ideas for the #WINsiders4Good events. The Seattle one was a great success and I will write up a detailed blog (with a video!) once we wrap up Berlin this weekend. The team and I are working on creating a CAT (Create-A-Thon) In A Box so that any of you can host your own event with your local community. I love that our Insider community are people who use the tech they love to help eradicate the problems they don’t love.
So a great initiative, but pretty hands on and localised in focus and the driving impetus is to make it easier to do more of exactly that. Which is fine for those that can, but perhaps not as transferable to other locales as the people behind it may wish. And probably not much use to me. I am looking for a better way, and hoping someone here will know how to go about setting it up...?
As well as the physical interfacing mentioned above, there needs to be a community forum split into areas of endeavour, extent of impact and type of implementation. These of course may be intersecting, exclusive or partially so. The basic concept is to gather ideas and monitor / assist implementation, independently assess and provide an avenue for those that wish to contribute in any way can do so with confidence and ease, be it morale support, useful info, IP access or hard cash.
Where I am currently taking my particular initiative is to build a working demonstration prototype from my own resources, which will need me to solve a few of what I see as the "smaller problems" (a couple of corkers in there!). Presuming I can do what I believe I can do (haven't had a different outcome yet in life) I will get a few respected reviewers to check the prototype out and have their Wow moments, on video, and the rest will be about roll-out. Possibly a rework of the prototype module then a fully fledged operational center to iron out the total facility delivery bugs.
I am thinking roll-out is either self-funded by money I don't currently have but am hopeful will accumulate as a result of another game changing mining improvement (that has just completed the full prototype install and roll-out is next) that I am a principal for, or crowd funding. This latter model, done right, could also generate a lot of helpful support. As will the team of like minded professionals that will soon throw their weight and experience behind the roll-out, once they can see it is real.
The basic stages are to get that working prototype first, which will be at least 12 months and maybe longer, then to develop a fully fledged operational center to iron out the delivery bugs, probably another 12 months if funding is available; otherwise I wait for that too. From there my natural inclination will be to roll it out to my general locale (being NSW Australia) then the rest of the country, before taking it to the world. However there is absolutely no reason the thing wouldn't scale immediately off the first operational center, after cultural sensitivity testing and language / localisation changes, and it is just a question of resources. What happens when I get there may be highly influenced by what happens here. Yes, dear reader - this means what you too choose to do too - you did read down this far, and good onya for that! Next?
I am mindful of a story during the Beijing Olympics that a jumbo jet load of Chinese die every day while driving their cars around. I believe that those of us that can have a moral responsibility to do something to improve this situation. It is not like that will be an isolated story! I just checked the latest figures - for a 747-8 jumbo jet China is now at 9 a week, USA is 1.5 a week, but Australia takes 3 months to send off a jetload. Hmm, and I think we have a problem here - how are the rest of you lot coping??? There is a lot of sadness and needless loss of life / maiming going around. Obviously something needs to change, and I am pretty sure I can do it.
Note the lack of details? This is a public forum and, whilst I have an unshakeable confidence in my ability to create and deliver the technology and associated business etc systems needed to make this work, I doubt I am at the stage where it is smart to go publishing details. However, should I decide for any reason not to go through with this, I am absolutely committed to publishing all the details and thoughts I have in the public domain for anyone to have their own aha moments and take it through to completion, either individually or collaboratively as they may wish...
Here is the original item that got my attention but, despite what it says, the provided link doesn't ask about your idea to create good will in the world or provide the promised details about WINsiders4good. So a feel-good newsie item, but ineffective!
- Got an idea to create good in the world? As part of the Windows Insiders Program, we are bringing together Windows Insiders and members of the local creative and non-profit communities to create lasting solutions for the issues we care about. Want to join IN? Click here for details about #WINsiders4Good.
Say did you notice the drop down categorization of new discussion topics has nothing for WINsiders4good, and no apparently suitable category / product / topic combination? I did, so have picked one regardless!