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  1. 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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    • Join up Our Society with Local Gov

      Use the Knowledge Hub (www.local.gov.uk/knowledgehub) to bring together the work, ideas and initiatives of Open Society with conversations taking place across local government.

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      • Start hyperlocal guerrilla newsletters

        I love those neighbourhood-specific leaflets/updates/small magazines you get through the door. Why not make something allowing people to easily submit to a paper-based, very localised newsletter?

        Content could include news, opinion, but also stories, poems, photos, etc. Kind of like a big "letters page", maybe, or the back pages of the Big Issue.

        To make it locally relevant, I'd do the following:

        1. Require registration on a website, including the user's postcode (which wouldn't have to be their home postcode).

        2. Let users submit content to the site by uploading or linking to existing content they have (i.e. integrate with…

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        • Offer "pledges" for small, socially useful tasks

          There are lots of little tasks that would benefit communities as a whole, but often the people with time to do them don't have the motivation, and vice versa.

          Suggest setting up some kind of service/mailing list similar to either Pledgebank, Mechanical Turk, or Freecycle, which lets citizens list small local tasks they'd like to see, and a small reward (possibly non-monetary?) for successful completion.

          For example:

          - Videoing a local council meeting
          - Transcribing a local council meeting
          - Creating a list of local facilities relating to something
          - Clearing up litter in a field
          - Painting a wall …

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