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What would you improve in your own community?

GOOD magazine recently asked it's community members a very simple question: What would you like to improve in your own community? Inspirational answers followed for this challenge!

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http://www.good.is/post/good-asks-what-would-you-like-to-see-improved-in-your-community-the-community-answers/

GOOD magazine asked it's community members what they would like to see improved in their own community.  While these answers come from rural, urban, thriving and struggling communities, I think the answers will help spark inspiration for a concept.  This also demonstrates one of the most overlooked ways to answer a problem: ask those involved what they would do. 

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Photo of Meena Kadri

Nice one Amanda! And there's a great challenge – how do you engage a cross-section of people to join the conversation? They may have varying levels of literacy and social confidence, access to technology, trust in collective discussion, etc. Would be great to discuss various ways to attract and engage a broad and diverse audience – especially when it comes to issues facing whole cities & regions.

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DeletedUser

I agree!! I know working in the social sphere that I have, it's been people who have little involvement with the actual problem - but a huge desire to help contribute to the solution. By engaging those that are directly involved we can help form true solutions. It is a challenge though, and i think you bring up a great point that it has to be approached by many platforms: in-person, online, etc. and with attention to how/who is asking the questions. Whoop.

Photo of Anne-Laure Fayard

Great point indeed! The challenge is wonderful but how to engage those who are the key players is not always easy. Studio H is one way to do this: http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/revitalizing-bertie-county-studio-h/
Candy's work is another approach: http://www.openideo.com/open/vibrant-cities/inspiration/neighborland-new-orleans/

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DeletedUser

Ooo, thanks for the info! I'll check both of those out. I'm familiar with Candy's work, so awesome.

Photo of Arjan Tupan

Indeed a good example of using various ways to get people's participation. How about running something similar as GOOD magazine has done on Facebook and/or Twitter, preferably in a way that makes it easy to reach people outside the regular following of OpenIDEO? Then, results can be reported back here, maybe?