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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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  2. Collect and encourage local literature through "local bookshelves"

    Encourage local writing (and writing in general) - fictional and non-fictional - through a number of steps:

    1. Catalogue/publicise on a simple website the small-published and self-published work by the local community (e.g. start off with photo books, poetry, short stories, novels, etc).

    2. Set up workshops/training for how to self-publish, and maybe how to take an idea to a publisher. Possibly integrate with writing workshops?

    3. Work with local libraries/bookshops to fund small runs of self-published work and disseminate through a "local bookshelf" in these places. Possibly integrate with online services such as goodreads.com.

    4. Suggest "community publishing projects"…

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  3. create an online subscription network for all the UK's community organisers

    We need a neutral space for all people leading the 'big society' at ground level to connect and share knowledge. This network should be owned by the subscribers via a small (c. £10/year) fee, to pay for someone to manage us as a community.

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  4. Create 'doing better with less' methods/ideas through online & in-person service co-design/stories

    One side-effect of standardised procurement from local/national government is a focus on measurable deliverables and audit, which often create inefficiency and programmes delivering outcomes, not solving problems. We need a place where techniques like 'systems thinking' and movements like service co-design can be understood & used by local groups - then developed into stories and methods which both help others do more with less and also build evidence about what works. This would be more interactive than a library/resource centre, less pedagogic than e-learning.

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