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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 a Wellbeing Network - communities sharing news on how to live well in their Cities

    an online network sharing local news and ways to live well and improve the Wellbeing in local communities. Bringing together people with lived experience of mental health distress & skills in improving their own & their communities wellbeing - with people who have skills in social media & independently engaging in their communities.
    Co-design the online network using existing social media tools with mental health service users & carers, Adult social care, mental health statutory services, voluntary sector services, independent community organisers and people from the communities with an interest in their own and their communities wellbeing but who don't…

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  2. aggregate the big society conversations into one place so we can see the arguments

    There are so many networks, bloggers and media outlets writing about this topic, that perhaps we need an aggregation and/or visualisation of the different arguments so we can follow and add to them. Map the arguments, aggregate the conversations, bring it all together.

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  3. Physically co-locate a range of community services in one place

    We hear of Libraries, Post Offices and Tourist Information Centres under threat of closure. Citizen Advice Bureaux, CVS' and Volunteer Centres are downsizing, merging or even closing,
    This idea would be to explore and share examples of co-location of some or all of these services under one roof.

    7 votes
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  4. campaign so Parish/town councils tax locally to support BigSoc ventures

    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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  5. Develop a people-centered framework for local economic development

    This approach is based upon the concept of an people-centered form of capitalism which redefines profit in human terms. Going further than a "community investment" company, it advocates business focussed on people and their needs with the neediest having first priority.

    Profit making business investing in CDFIs provides funds for seed funding both social enterprise and conventional micro business at the local level.

    Once considered radical, it has recently entered the world of mainstream economic thinking when Harvard began advocating the creation of shared value.

    A earlier proposal to propagate this approach across the UK may be found at this…

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  6. Help groups and individuals break into London-based decision-making processes

    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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  7. invest in boring but necessary services that make a sustained difference from day to day

    There are loads of great new ideas for things we could do. But there are also many things that work - but that suffer from short-term funding. Finding out what those services are in our local areas and investing time, money and effort in supporting them turn out to be one of the most effective routes to positive social return.

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  8. Skill citizens and communities up to be constructively critical of engagement p

    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…

    5 votes
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  9. Put the technology second and people first!

    I'm not saying we don't use technology as clearly it can make a difference. We should use and refine lisitening and recording methods that involve tea and cake and our ears! Once recorded a secondary task is to apply appropruate technology.

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  10. Expand Our Society - and offer other online spaces - for people's stories

    The best way to share ideas and inspiration is to tell stories of what's worked and what hasn't, in people own words, and their own way.

    4 votes
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  11. Squeeze extra value out of energy subsidies to fund or drive community projects

    Community support is critical to making much of the green economy viable. At the same time, the grants and programmes behind the new low carbon industries are a great source of funding or even impetus for big society initiatives. I've outlined some examples here: http://bit.ly/communityenergy2

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  12. 4 votes
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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. co-produce public services

    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.

    4 votes
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  16. 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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  17. 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…

    3 votes
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  18. Start mapping "Our square mile"

    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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  19. Support community and social reporters

    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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