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caryk
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We’re currently in an epidemic of loneliness. All our lives, there’s structure and social opportunities built in until we join the “real world” as “adults.” Once that happens, if we don’t have many friends or if we haven’t learned social skills to keep them, you’re more or less on your own. Social isolation is one of the worst feelings, and it can’t get better until it’s addressed and maintained. I want to build a community to address this epidemic and help people make and keep friends as adults. I want to start out by helping make connections between people with similar hobbies or backgrounds and then they can help introduce even more people. Beyond making friends, I see this turning into a community ...Read more

We’re currently in an epidemic of loneliness.

All our lives, there’s structure and social opportunities built in until we join the “real world” as “adults.” Once that happens, if we don’t have many friends or if we haven’t learned social skills to keep them, you’re more or less on your own. Social isolation is one of the worst feelings, and it can’t get better until it’s addressed and maintained.

I want to build a community to address this epidemic and help people make and keep friends as adults. I want to start out by helping make connections between people with similar hobbies or backgrounds and then they can help introduce even more people.

Beyond making friends, I see this turning into a community that cares for itself, with different chapters across the country, that volunteers, builds community gardens, and more. I think when we connect people to other people, we build stronger ties and stronger communities.

I’d love to hear opinions on where to get started and what you might want out of a community like this.

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terrenceh
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One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is knowing whether the treatments you are receiving are working. I’m thinking about creating an online platform that helps patients gather data about their medical care. The app posts questions like what medications you are taking, what doctors you see, what procedures you undergo, and how your symptoms change over time. You can then review this data with your doctor to identify areas where things may not be working or areas for improvement. This might help patients better understand their conditions and find areas where they need more treatment, less treatment, or a different treatment altogether. What do you think? Is this something that would interest you as a patient?

One of the biggest challenges in healthcare is knowing whether the treatments you are receiving are working. I’m thinking about creating an online platform that helps patients gather data about their medical care. The app posts questions like what medications you are taking, what doctors you see, what procedures you undergo, and how your symptoms change over time. You can then review this data with your doctor to identify areas where things may not be working or areas for improvement. This might help patients better understand their conditions and find areas where they need more treatment, less treatment, or a different treatment altogether.

What do you think? Is this something that would interest you as a patient?

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pgabban
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As a program director for a nonprofit, I come across this case constantly: we always need volunteers, but making sure their time and efforts are used most effectively is always a challenge. There’s so much to do, and not always a lot of organization in place, so people tend to go where they are needed, but it’s not necessarily the best match for their skills or even what the organization is lacking. I envision a new kind of donation/volunteer two-sided marketplace. People indicate how they’d like to give (time, money, other), their skills, their availability, their interests, and their location, and nonprofits indicate what they’d like to receive (time, money, other), what skills they are looking for, when they need them, ...Read more

As a program director for a nonprofit, I come across this case constantly: we always need volunteers, but making sure their time and efforts are used most effectively is always a challenge. There’s so much to do, and not always a lot of organization in place, so people tend to go where they are needed, but it’s not necessarily the best match for their skills or even what the organization is lacking.

I envision a new kind of donation/volunteer two-sided marketplace. People indicate how they’d like to give (time, money, other), their skills, their availability, their interests, and their location, and nonprofits indicate what they’d like to receive (time, money, other), what skills they are looking for, when they need them, and their location. People are then matched to the nonprofit service that is the best fit for both parties, and the platform facilitates the location, events, and times that make the most amount of sense.

Not only do I think this could increase meaningful and helpful volunteers and donations, but I think this could also free up nonprofit staff to focus more on strategic and business planning and less on coordinating volunteers and donations.

Is this something you’d be interested in participating? If you’re part of the nonprofit world, is this something you feel is needed?

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serenawilde
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I have this idea that we can integrate mindfulness exercises into social media. We spend hours and hours on Tik Tok and Instagram and then maybe do 10 minutes of meditating in the morning, if you’re super mindful about it. What if we can combine the two and integrate mindfulness within social media? I’m not really sure what this looks like on the technical front, so I’d love some guidance on that as well as if this is something you could see being useful!

I have this idea that we can integrate mindfulness exercises into social media. We spend hours and hours on Tik Tok and Instagram and then maybe do 10 minutes of meditating in the morning, if you’re super mindful about it. What if we can combine the two and integrate mindfulness within social media?

I’m not really sure what this looks like on the technical front, so I’d love some guidance on that as well as if this is something you could see being useful!

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Anonymous
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There’s nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, being told you’ll owe nothing or have no co-pay for a visit, then having a hefty medical bill arrive in your mail a few weeks or months later. Why is it that we know the price we’re paying for every other service before we buy it except for American healthcare? I’m proposing a site that functions like Yelp but for medical bills. After a visit, you share what doctor you saw, what insurance you have, what treatment you had, and then what you ended up paying out of pocket. You’re able to see other people’s experiences with doctors and what they paid before you have a visit, and you can pay it ...Read more

There’s nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, being told you’ll owe nothing or have no co-pay for a visit, then having a hefty medical bill arrive in your mail a few weeks or months later. Why is it that we know the price we’re paying for every other service before we buy it except for American healthcare?

I’m proposing a site that functions like Yelp but for medical bills. After a visit, you share what doctor you saw, what insurance you have, what treatment you had, and then what you ended up paying out of pocket. You’re able to see other people’s experiences with doctors and what they paid before you have a visit, and you can pay it forward by helping others estimate their medical bills ahead of time as well.

What do you think?

Is this something you’d find value in?

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