Announcing the Top Ideas from Our OpenIDEO Challenge on Gratitude in the Workplace

January 11, 2018

In 2017, the Greater Gratitude Science Center partnered with OpenIDEO to launch an OpenIDEO Challenge on Gratitude in the Workplace.

The Challenge aimed to close the “gratitude gap” between what people say they want in the workplace—to feel appreciated and express their own gratitude to colleagues—and what they actually do. It was designed to help identify some of the obstacles to feeling and expressing gratitude at work and to catalyze creative, practical ideas for overcoming these obstacles and inspiring more grateful workplaces.

We were thrilled that the Challenge generated 348 idea submissions from a wide range of participants: public and private sector organizations, startups, entrepreneurs, designers, students, and many others. After these ideas were refined and carefully reviewed by a panel of judges, the GGSC ultimately awarded $40,000 in implementation grants to these seven Top Ideas that showed the most promise for inspiring experiences and authentic expressions of gratitude in workplaces:

  • Leapsome, which allows users to express instant gratitude to anyone within their company by using a digital platform, integrated with email & Slack.
  • Vestaboard, a visible board that, when combined with a mobile app or Slack, serves as a dedicated and physical manifestation of expressions of gratitude in a workplace.
  • Tribute, a platform that helps employees celebrate their coworkers with a video montage of their peers telling them why they’re awesome.
  • DohJe, the first-ever online system for patients and health professionals to share authentic gratitude directly with their caregivers and coworkers.
  • Exhibiting Gratitude, a project that uses interactive models, activities, and installations to encourage coworkers to share expressions of gratitude.
  • Rider Meets Driver, a mobile app that fosters appreciation and meaningful connections between gig economy drivers and riders by highlighting common interests to inspire genuine conversations.
  • Thanks For, an email plugin that allows users to send and receive personal messages of gratitude in an interactive and dynamic manner.

Beyond this funding, the Greater Good Science Center will continue to support these projects with scientific guidance as they get off the ground.

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