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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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  3. A 'book in 8 minutes' (see http://scr.bi/eMiv3O ) is a way of enabling people to share their reflections on a particular topic. It's a creative way for people to express themselves and share their thoughts with a wider audience.

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  4. 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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  5. The current debate about the Big Society is incredibly static - in parody it will either deliver us fully engaged citizens or never work. what can government do to engage more citizens, and take those who are engaging on a pathway to deeper engagement? This will require us to develop greater consensus on a shared vision, and to have a better understanding of peoples' pathways through volunteering and engagement activities.

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  6. 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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  7. Our Society needs to create solutions - and when people have consensus and are focused they'll have the energy to find them, whether it's through reskilling, hacking or convening

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  8. 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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  9. 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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