Build real-time ‘Living Community Maps’ of community experience – so we can see where action is need
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 :-)2 votes
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.3 votes
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.45 votes
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.24 votes