we've also been discussing this idea on the DotGovLab Innovation Hub (an online space for collaborative digital innovation in the public sector).
it would be great to tie these two strands together - to help bridge between civil society and the public sector to take this idea forward.
if you'd like an invite to join the Innovation Hub (it's open to anyone but you need an invite as it's still in a beta version) let me know and i'll send you one.
thanks for the comments...some thoughts in response from me:
@Andrew - i think this would have to focus (at least initially) on specific, individual services, so it wouldnt simply be a popularity contest (which ought to address your points about a vocal and intolerant majority).
@Annemarie - hmmmm, i dont know. i suspect it would (as above) need to start small and with simple/straightforward services...to get some 'quick wins' and prove value (generate some momentum). there's no doubt countless developments and spin offs from there!
@James - quite so (Urban Forum are about to publish some reserach we've just conducted on community groups' use of ICT & social media which looks at this). however, there are ways round this and just becuase people arent online doesnt mean we should avoid online stuff...it means we should offer more than one way of participating AND help people to get online. Both doable IMHO
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we're working on something not dissimilar to this - mapping social sector activity which contributes to community resilience. Starting work with CLES on this (who have been doing work with LAs on assessiing resilience).
Mapping is methodologically challenging...but we'll see what we can learn from having a bash!
i particularly like the 'fun' aspect of this idea. A sense of fun is always a good thing, but at the moment we all need a little cheering up :-)
this sounds similar (different...but similar) to your square mile, doesnt it? (or is that not accurate?)