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Social Weather forecast : Ring 10 doorbells with 1 question : Streetbarometer Singapore (UPDATED)

Before talking about change, even do a great action: A (paperbased) tool to ask people if they see the street get better or worse in a year, ignites the brain, sense of home belonging, inspires to act and connects Ngo/Gov/Local data needs!

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I commented on Wingpost, and the text is even making the concept for myself more clear :)

It's a concept with trial runs which seem to work. The simplicity to seed is key. Any 'do-democracy' concept should start with wonder... Simply announcing on a poster in the building or a note in the mailbox some people might ring your doorbell with the purpose to ask if they like the street/block and if they think in one year it will be worse-same-better is all.

If this is done with 6 multiple choice questions you have data for a graph to give back to people on a 'date/meeting'. People will be curious to results and come. Power of seeding sense of belonging, and a neighbor wants to know if his/her feeling is shared with the street/block. Or not.

People who can identify with the result, and if negative, it empowers to get involved... way beyond the question shall we take action yes or no.

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Collect and share the "social temperature/humidity" in your street is breaking the ice between neighbors, 6 multiple choice answers give a shared view on being positive on status quo and expectations of the near future. 

Streetbarometer is a tool to gather great data for locals to get a common feeling, and social scientists to create recommendations for governance. 

Above is a start to;

- create equal participation
- Among all ages
- Beyond language/job/situation/income
- having statistical data on streetlevel for experts,governments and locals alike.

= a visual/live street thermometer on street average feelings on

1) safety 
2) cleanness 
3) community 

A. Today and B. the assumption in one year if it get's better or worse.


After this, there is a connection around neighbors, informed experts and input for governance... and with an additional 'tool' (like various OPENideo concepts suggest) you can help people think off and choose actions. 

This "Streetbarometer" is a concept by Kees Fortuin. He contacted me 2 years ago to see if I could make a simple tool online to make instant infographics on social street temperature and common forecast.  Since I was also in hood-city-region social development, I did with friends and now we have a great start to ignite streetaction durably. 

The community registration, edit/download rights and live data analyses is working, also basic live charts. It is a first version and we'd love to boost it to more visual results!

Challenge 1 : With a few 'young' people a local cleanup action is easily organized. Especially with all apps around. To do it more often is very dependent on goodwill, and has little to do with structural change. 

Challenge 2 : Doing a community workshop to improve neighborhood is possible to start, but to get more people in and of different ages, demands a simple start, bottom up. 

Challenge 3 : Analysing neighborhoods through questionnaires is costly and top-down. People in street don't want to participate and nothing is really given back in the short term.

Kees Fortuin is a social development expert and after 25 years of research and action, he has a very simple but powerful method to 'wake-up streets'. 

For locals, social expert and government as a start to start change, side-by-side, with the info they need in their life/job. 

- one person asking neighbors a few simple questions on safety/cleanness/community today, and if they feel it will get better-same-worse next year.
- now these type of questions is not new, what is new ANYBODY can ask any neighbor these questions and INSTANTLY see online if the street is 'happy' and thinks will be happy next year. 
- Also to see instantly in an infographic how your street related to a street around the block is igniting the brain to get curious, start to think about community action. 

How does your concept inspire collaboration between individuals, private sector organisations, and the government in an effort to create cleaner neighbourhoods?

The approach solves a few soft problems just by doing it; fix 1. modesty/shyness to start : one person who cares about the street, but needs 'an excuse/reason/goal' to talk to neighbors is fixed. fix 2. people in streets don't say more than hello, now have a co-created 'feeling about the street. A reason to talk. fix 3. awareness, somebody in the street cares, is the start of thinking about change. If only from outside, more hurdles need to be jumped to make change sustainble after a hyped event. SIMPLICITY BEYOND LANGUAGE/AGES/BACKGROUND/INCOME By asking a few very simple questions and turn them into a simple infographic to show the current average feeling in the street and the feeling they have about the future is the start of everything. - social organisations have statistics for their reports. - governments normally have macro statistics, now they have micro. They need this for policy making. - it is proven neighborhood actions have short term effects, streetlevel focus seems specific but is much more rewarding, lasting. CO-CREATION BASE Our first effort is bringing social experts, government, local people on a common ground. After that the playing field is open for any tool/method/action to improve the neighborhood. To do this temperature measuring first, you get old and young people involved. Not only a few which after doing something once don't feel like coming anymore.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

Lets say the infographic on street feeling (cleanness/safety/social) is 5, but the street feeling vision for next year is 3. Very pessimistic. AND the same interviews one neighborhood away is 6 with a prediction of 8. Very optimistic. - Macro : This is statistical data social experts never had, and so (local) governments never could draft policy on. - Meso : Local people learn about different perspective in streets close by. This is sometimes income related, but not always. - Micro : individually, your answers are yours, and seeing yourself next to the average multiple choice answers of others in the street is rewarding; you see where you stand. You get curious why neighbors think same/better/worse about the street.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

We have the toolkit in Dutch, A person ringing 10-30 doorbells and asks 6 multiple choice questions already generates a live infographic. It is still basic, but works. PRINTOUTS : At the door, one A4 paper with guestions is filled in, and than later at home put in online account. NO APP : We think about an 'app', but especially in low income neighborhoods, standing with a phone/tablet at doorbell is doing more harm than good. Many reasons. Too official recorded, difficult to see what person types on screen, pointless income division on street. The dutch version can be found at anybody can test/play with it. (in dutch, Arjan?) :) It is very straightforward, the only goal now is to digitize the paperbased A4 6 questions for a door (a-b-c-d-e) answers online and see the results of street averages and benckmarked with neighborhood and country as in images above. Having a visual barometer connected with arrow to the live engine is some javascripting, but doable. Social media to add or share also. Basically the engine works, specialists can download databases for their cross analyse programmes to do recommendations to governments, so these goals are achieved. To do something in Malaysia with the engine : MVP = translate sentences in a Wordpress language file or through a Google Docs effort like OPENideo did last year for their own site. MVP + have somebody make a design for Malaysia, with a malaysian barometer :)
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"Hi Arjan, only because the tool is currently in Dutch, I mentioned you as somebody who could recommend it :) Hope you are fine, doing great stuff. Paul"

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There is no way to put concepts together in a new concept is there? Bit more democratic co-creative :) Hope it will come soon!