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'The Positive Times', a neighbourhood newspaper

Circulate local newspapers –within neighborhoods ,with very positive and affirmative news with focus on very local updates .Strong visuals, so that people can recognize and connect with people and know what is the latest in their neighborhood.

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a weekly newspaper , Inspired by the Auroville community local newspaper

All the concepts that we have explored so far would be the highlites for example –

Where is the next hood fair and which neighbourhood is performing!

Which plot has been occupied by which startup and which residence is empty.

Which start up is looking for what kind of skilled person ?

Who is the next artist painting in public or performing in public and where ?

Positive information on yoga meditation, and next marathon in town !

Who would be taking music classes on the terrace next week !

People can put up advertisements saying they would be traveling to x city and if anyone wants to share the taxi or vehicle.

If one wants sell any second hand gadget etc .

Allows local people to write articles about personnel experience,poetry, appreciate local talent etc

I  feel a print newspaper being circulated would have more impact then a website or an online portal, as people might or might not be motivated to check or update .But if any startup is committed to doing the same would have bigger impact . 

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What resources (money, time, people, technology, etc) will your concept need to be successful?

datebase/software/interface to collect information , a office with print facility. initial investment to start up. employee local people and skill

What steps could you take to implement this idea today?

Decide on various sections for the newspaper and format. Ask people, what are the various subjects that they would want an update on. Collect relevant information. Arrange funds to print and keep the positive spirit alive .

How can your idea be scaled so that it's implemented in cities around the world?

The city newspapers are already a part of our lives. This one could be implemented with ease with small funds as the numbers wont be huge for neighbourhoods . The main objective is to share very local information fro local benefits and collaboration and well being.

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