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Establishing community to make dangerous areas safe

Normally when we know certain part of the city is not safe we tend to avoid that area, and/or abundant the area. By doing this we make unsafe places even more dangerous. For some people trying to avoid or skip the unsafe area might not be an option as they might have to pass that area everyday to go to their home or work. The idea is to form a strong social community within the area and make the dangerous area safe. For this we make use of Meetup group. People within the area can start a meetup activities at night and invite neighbors and friend to participant in the event. By doing this not only you make the area safe but you learn and share you experience and skills with each other.

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How will it work?
Anyone with internet access can create a meetup activity and invite friends, and neighbours to join. This concept is about creating a community, helping and supporting each other to make places safe.
Why do you think it might succeed?
It's about everyone. It involves everyone including the people who we might think are unsafe (gathering in one spot drinking). Everyone is welcomed to join and participate, organize activites that are intersting for people who are joining.   

This idea is a product of the collaborative efforts by the  Eindhoven OpenIDEATORs Meetup on 12.04.2014.

Explain your idea in one sentence.

Inclusive design approach to make dangerous places safe.

What is the need you are trying to solve?

Instead of avoid the dangerous area, and excluding the people who we think are dangerous, this design solution allows everyone to participate and form a strong community in making places safer.


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Photo of Bettina Fliegel

Hi all. Your idea reminds me of "Take Back the Night" - women marching to literally take back the night - to reclaim their place and right to be safe!
I like your inclusive community approach!

Photo of Karolle Rabarison

Ah nice, Bettina – I didn't think of that connection. And rather than a one-night march, it becomes an ongoing way to reclaim the space.

Prina – Nice going with the experience map. What different activities would draw the community together throughout the night? ( i.e. What might be good for around dusk? Around midnight?) Beyond that? And what techniques do you have in mind for engaging the people who are often suspected as perpetrators into these activities? Looking forward to seeing you & team prototype this!

Photo of Bettina Fliegel

That is a very interesting question you bring up about engaging the people who are often suspected as perpetrators and bringing them into activities/ meet ups. Firstly I appreciate that you refer to "them" as often suspected as perpetrators. Lumping people together as suspicious is always a problem and does not build bridges. Your question brought to mind an article I found during the research phase that reports on a situation happening in a Nairobi slum in which gangs are transitioning out of crime and into "youth groups." Lack of economic opportunities combined with a host of social factors have forced isolated young men into gangs. Their main focus was on extortion of money within their communities. Apparently now they are joining around urban development projects to improve their communities - for example garbage clean ups. They are receiving support from local organizations who are helping them with efforts to ultimately enter the local job market. It really is an inspiring article. This group would be a good one to engage in these nightly meet ups fostering further opportunities to develop ties to the community in general, exposing the community to their reform efforts, and their civic projects.
Great potential for different groups within the slum society to interact during these nightly events!
Good luck all!

Photo of Karolle Rabarison

Cool. Will check out this article!

Photo of Prina Bajracharya

Sorry for the late reply. But thanks for sharing the article. I would defintely look into it.

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