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Our Society was an informal online initiative during 2011 to help people share ideas about local action. This ideas platform was one activity.

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  1. Create local maps of existing activity

    Simple, Our Society already exists! We aren't building something new. Voluntary and community groups, CVS', CABx, Volunter Centres, Community Development Workers and more have been building Our Society for decades. Bring together and work with exisitng local support providers to map what activity and coverage already exisits in a geographical area.

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      14 comments  ·  Mapping  ·  Admin →
    • let citizens assess public services - eBay style performance management

      we could design a system which lets people rate public services as is used on Amazon, eBay, TripAdvisor etc.
      This would be transparent and so everyone could see what others thought of a service. It could also be used to involve people in designing and improving services and holding local government (and others) to account.

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        7 comments  ·  Services  ·  Admin →
      • Have a "I need" and "I Can Do" service to match-up capacity with needs.

        It should be made easy for people to match-up what they can give with what needs doing. Lets create a facility to make this happen.

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          6 comments  ·  Methods  ·  Admin →
        • Develop a framework for local social innovation

          Where are the key areas of innovation and local collaboration? I suggested roles, networks, methods and assets in this article http://oursociety.org.uk/profiles/blogs/frameworks-for-thinking-about

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            1 comment  ·  Framework  ·  Admin →
          • Create treasure hunts to help people map groups and assets in a fun & inclusive way

            What does Our Society look in your community? Difficult to say unless you go out and see what people & groups are involved in the community, what activities there are. How can we make community mapping more exciting & more inclusive - treasure hunts can enable mapping the community & experiencing the activities you're mapping at the same time.

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              7 comments  ·  Mapping  ·  Admin →
            • Adopt Our Society aims in local areas - become Our Society places

              Facilitate the Our Society aim online and offline, working across and bringing together people from different perspectives, from community activists to strategic decision makers

              The aim is to provide spaces and activities where people can:
              • share their stories and struggles as they see them
              • be inspired by their peers’ successes and achievements
              • keep a record of good work that may be lost through spending cuts
              • highlight the ‘forgotten society’ of those left behind in an unequal nation
              • make connections with others who are engaged in related activities
              • learn from others’ experiences
              • ask for…

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                1 comment  ·  Principles  ·  Admin →
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                  7 comments  ·  Socialtech  ·  Admin →
                • bring people together around stories

                  The big society is just a label under which the government is try to tell stories. We need to claim, own, shape and tell better stories and with the power of those stories, create new stories. The "Big Society" is a meta-narrative, a story about stories. We need our own meta-narrative that is a new lense through which people can really understand what we're all trying to do. Having understood this, people will become empowered through stories to tell stories of their own.

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                    2 comments  ·  Stories  ·  Admin →
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                      9 comments  ·  Principles  ·  Admin →
                    • Find ways to hear and share the stories of the 'forgotten society'

                      As well as valuing the community activity that's already happening, we should make Our Society a place that shares the stories of people who are marginalised or feel excluded. We can do this by working with local groups, holding workshops or events that record these stories.

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                        2 comments  ·  Stories  ·  Admin →
                      • Build a library of standard stuff we all ask about and need to know

                        We often get asked technical questions about how to use Twitter or set up a Facebook page. Communities may get asked about Volunteer Policies or need standard H&S training. Create a reference library and don't reinvent the wheel!

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                          6 comments  ·  Resources  ·  Admin →
                        • Create online noticeboards as hubs for community ideas

                          Show community groups, networks, individuals how to use a service like wallwisher to make a free online open-access pin-board for their area. This is a great way to publicise what you are doing/thinking/planning, and for others to see at a glance everything that's happening around them.

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                            2 comments  ·  Resources  ·  Admin →
                          • Develop the Gift Economy for Community Programmes

                            Sounds strange? Not really. Volunteering is built on this. Read on!! Cash will be almost non-existent for the next five years or so. FreeCycle + TimeBank could be the basis: But trade time, skills, expertise, project outputs, office space and equipment. eBay style 'reputation' tells who 'gives' most so the more your give, you more people want to give to you. It's not taxable, keeps skills within communities and makes the money go furthest.

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                              3 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Admin →
                            • Create a Pledge Pot

                              Many of us have issues within our communities which are un(der)funded, and yet we are passionate about them and can see the socio-economic benefits they would bring if money was available. My issue is broadband. As a business, it is costing me money to not have it. Alone, I can not invest enough to make it happen but with my neighbours, potentially we can raise money to matchfund, borrow etc.

                              My idea would be a website with a simple backend database to harvest data such as name, address, amount, Parish, email.

                              Front end would show a map of each parish…

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                                5 comments  ·  Economy  ·  Admin →
                              • Have a peer mentoring / exchange visit scheme

                                Its good to have case studies, better to have video case studies, but better still if you can visit a community already doing what you are planning to do so you can watch them and ask them questions. This would match and cover (basic) costs involved.

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                                  3 comments  ·  Learning  ·  Admin →
                                • Build a humungous aggregator of all the positive good that millions of people have done today

                                  The tiny, but not so insignificant acts of kindness and philanthropy, which if joined together would add up to one heck of a powerful narrative for 'our society'. Bad news happens fast and travels fast, while a good story can take much longer to blossom and bear fruit. Where are the stories of the courageous people who through their own efforts, or with a little leg up, overcome what is holding them back to create a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their communities, one person at a time.

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                                  • BigSoc Gap Year for students pre uni

                                    Introduce a 'Green Gap Year' for students between school & uni, whereby they undertake 6 mnths sustainability/community/BigSoc Service, in exchange for educational credit towards 1st year tuition fees, valued at about £3,000

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                                    • Realise community development through community coaches managed by local people

                                      Person centred community coaches embedded in the community through well trained local networks, developing agency, association and progress...

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                                      • build an online user-created resource hub: research, toolkits and more

                                        Why keep reinventing the wheel? We all know of useful resources, toolkits, and research on community action. Create a free online library where people can share, upload and download resources.

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                                          4 comments  ·  Resources  ·  Admin →
                                        • Write a semi-fictional of how public services, voluntary action, social enterprises, community group

                                          This could provide a starting point for some real stories about the complexity of developing collaboration at local level - and what's needed for the future

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