Choose a few of your strongest ideas and test them out—this is called prototyping! Get feedback from your peers. Identify what’s working and what’s not. Then go back to the drawing board to make your ideas even stronger.
- Take some time to evaluate your ideas and narrow your list to the most promising few.
- Test your ideas by making quick sketches or models of what they might look like in action.
- Share your ideas and ask for feedback. Remember that constructive criticism will help you make your idea stronger—it’s way better to see the weak spots now, before you’ve invested too much time, effort, and money in the solution!
- Make sure you’ve gotten some useful feedback, identified issues with your solution, and figured out how to work through them to make your idea stronger.
- Be patient! It often takes many rounds of testing, sharing, and evolving before you arrive at a solution that works.
- If your plan will have a public impact, make sure you have permission to put your solution into action. This can take time, so start these conversations with key partners early on. Try writing Changemaker Letters or creating a Going Up? pitch to convince them of the value of your idea. Get the details of your agreement in writing so that there is no confusion later on.