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"I don't watch my neighbors. I see them."

This article highlights Justice for Families' "Night Out for Safety Democracy and Human Rights". It brings up an interesting point about prescribed neighborhood watch programs vs. organic "eyes on the street". It made me wonder how we might incentivize the behavior/actions we want to see. How might we design motivations to get eyes on the street? What would that require? What would that look like? What might motivate people to open their windows and turn their attention outside?

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"An artificially constructed 'neighborhood watch' will have trouble providing the same level of safety and ease as a street where people are constantly interacting–and truly seeing one another."

"the message of the poster is to encourage communities to approach neighborhood safety not simply as the "eyes and ears" of the police, but also as people with common interests and concerns about jobs, economic stability, and other issues."

Article:
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/07/new-way-understanding-eyes-street/6276/

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Great provocation, Molly – and we'll certainly be keen for folks to consider motivations and incentives across a range of concepts in the Ideas phase. Nurturing a sense of lshared value within a community seems like a good start? And there might even be lessons on behaviour change from the corporate world: http://www.artefactgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Behavior-Change-Strategy-Cards-with-Dividers-Feb-2014.pdf