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  1. Let us re-engineer our societies to train specialists from unskilled persons. Where procedures do not need the general view and understanding essential to roles of strategy and diagnosis, unskilled persons can become proficient at the procedures.

    Benefits to society come as we empower the unskilled person with procedural specialist skills. These 'specialists in procedures' do not need the general view and understanding essential to roles of research, training, strategy and diagnosis.

    May I use an example from medicine? Many routine medical procedures do not need the wide generalist skills of a general nurse or general doctor after the diagnosis has…

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  2. London’s new ‘Waterway Treasure Map’ http://www.thames21.org.uk/treasure/default.php – though quite basic – has recently shown the feasibility of people marking problem issues – and much else – on a map, followed up by local activity (in their case, regeneration of the banks of various waterways in London).

    Though the most advanced such maps – using ‘softGIS’ technology, and high response rates – seem to be getting done in Finland (eg Helsinki Happiness Map etc).

    I outline the ‘Living Community Maps’ idea here: http://bit.ly/geXBTR – and talk about some of the similar ideas that are out there.
    I'd appreciate your feedback :-)

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  3. 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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  4. Combine expertise of local community with that of public sector orgs to co-produce better quality public services. Results in systemic learning by public sector (less silo-y, more 'whole systems') and increased capacity of local people to determine what happens locally, to be part of the solution, rather than a problem to be fixed.

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  5. Not all decisions need to be made in London, but those which are should be open to public scrutiny via live streaming, blogging & tweeting, and expenses need to be paid to allow those not based in London to get to meetings there. More at http://ning.it/fcwI1q

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  6. A square mile is a familiar measurement and a popular concept. Currently, it's being used in a formal way by at least 2 projects (by the Big Society Network's Your square mile and by the arts project 1mile2). But everyone's square mile is different. Let's start mapping our own square miles in a flexible, overlapping and inclusive way.

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  7. Community reporters use a mix of media to tell stories in a locality, and help others find their voice. Social reporters may do that and also work across networks to make sense, join up conversations, and help others use social media

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  8. 3 votes
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  9. 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
    • etc etc

    The tricky part…

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  10. 3 votes
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  11. 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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  12. There are 8,000+ Parish & Town Councils across England, that can 'precept' (tax)....they should be encouraged to do so in order to 'trigger' Big Soc type ventures

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  13. 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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  14. 4 votes
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  15. 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 Flickr, etc.)…

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  16. 3 votes
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  17. 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" to bring together works…

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  18. A comment on my blog (http://oursociety.org.uk/profiles/blog/list?user=3d7y1gav51y5g) on Our Society got me thinking.

    One of the risks of the Big Society is that it fragments into lots of Little Societies all pursuing their own ends, probably in conflict with one another. At the same time, the risk is that local government will engage with communities to legitimise cuts already decided on rather than in ways that give them real voices.

    Can we skill up communities and citizens to be constructively critical of engagement processes (both within the sector and those run by government) to push them to be more…

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  19. 20 votes
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  20. 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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