Using Every Mind from Every Generation to Defeat the Coronavirus

By Jon Fredrickson

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InnoCentive is now part of Wazoku

On January 1, 2020 the world was much different than it is today…we are now learning daily/hourly just how different it really is.  There are lessons we must now, and are, quickly learning.  While governments and healthcare professionals are fighting against the Coronavirus, there is hope that burns in our hearts, and there are amazing solutions waiting to be found in the midst of the rapidly changing world with this pandemic.  There are new-generation thinkers and Solvers ready for action.


Who holds the answers?


If you asked Albert Einstein he would say, it’s the people that know a problem exists or have defined what the problems are!  The answers could come from anybody who is part of the Internet of Prepared Minds (IoPM).  The IoPM is the global available talent, potentially made up of a new generation of heroes and innovators; the Millennials.  They could become the next Greatest Generation.

Ambassador Dr. Brix, US White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator and former lead for three decades in the global fight against the AIDS epidemic, put a fine point on why millennials can have such a big impact on stopping the virus.

Dr. Brix said, “millennials are key players in the fight to slow down the spread of the coronavirus” and they are “the core group to stop this virus.”  She went on to say, “millennials are incredibly good about getting information out in a clear way, but more importantly, they are incredibly good about understanding how to protect one another, how to protect their parents, and how to protect their grandparents.”


Millennials, Baby Boomers, Gen’s X, Y and Z


You are part of what INNOCENTIVE calls the Internet of Prepared Minds.  Your creative minds, your educations and your experiences have played a huge role already in solving some of the biggest problems for our clients.

How do I know this?  I’ve seen your work and insights transform businesses and solve problems because solutions were obvious to you.  You just needed to know that there was a problem in the world that needed your prepared mind!  When problems appeared, similar to the Coronavirus, you enthusiastically engaged to help Solve the problem.


You/We were prepared for such a time as this


More than ever in history, we are connected.  Technology allows and facilitates this connection, helping us to find vital solutions to massive problems.  This pandemic has shown us the truth about ourselves:

    • We are truly a global interconnected community fighting a war against the Coronavirus.
    • We are compassionate people who care and actively help others.
    • We are brave in the face of this invisible enemy.
    • We carry the solutions within our minds and hearts that can defeat this virus.


Together we can face any future because we will selflessly fight disease and its corruptive impact.  We will innovate and create the future world that protects and serves those around us.

Come join us and our partner Wazoku in the IoPM to fight and win against the Coronavirus!

By Jon Fredrickson

Jon is one of a small handful of experts globally in Open Innovation and connected ecosystems over the last 16 years, the last 3 years with Wazoku, following the InnoCentive acquisition. Jon's experience as an applied innovation futurist has helped his enterprise and government customers insure their success. When not helping clients innovating solutions going to Mars or developing cleaner energy, Jon enjoys family, perfecting smoked foods, and studying history, and ancient civilizations.