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Speaker's Corner

Provide free advice in many professional areas, so underserved communities can get information they cannot afford or access.

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Information is power. Many people in underserved neigborhoods, primarily minority groups, do not have access or the savvy to navigate much of the information or many of the systems that they interact with. At Speaker's Corner in London, you can go and hear people expound on any number of topics. What if people from many professions and walks of life regularly collectively contributed their time to sit in City Parks a couple hours each week to provide advice or direction to people who need quality input to navigate the information-heavy world. That would not simply include doctors, lawyers, accountants, social workers, etc, but could include artists, philosophers, therapists, clergy, psychologists, construction workers, college counselors etc. These people could all not only provide advice and information, but also inspiration, collaboration and career advice.

Who Benefits?

The main beneficiaries would be people who are overwhelmed by their interactions with the information-laden world and systems, as well as those who don't have the experiential base or networking ability to navigate the route to realize their potential.

How is your idea unique?

No one has ever brought such services directly to people in such a fashion. There are going to be tremendous numbers of retired persons with significant experience and expertise who could benefit people who would benefit from that information, if only the two could be brought together in an easy way. The idea of doing this en masse at city parks once a week during temperate times would be a great way for people to connect and create greater understanding of each other's realities.

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Tell us more about you

For the last 30 years I have been an assistant Hennepin County Attorney, working in the Child Protection area. I have observed directly how overwhelming and confusing our government and information systems are for many people whose lives are so insular or whose access and facility with information or systems is limited. These folks are extremely vulnerable when they interact with the system.

Expertise in sector

  • 1-2 years

Organization Filing Status

  • No, but we plan to register in the future.

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