Bottom line is that in cities in decline, people need work. Why not combine a need for jobs with a need to beautify cities? The city government maps, the public funds, the city-zens paint (and receive wages!).
We learn from and are inspired by the experience of others. Let's create a model that facilitates the interaction between new and seasoned entrepreneurs -- to spur an ecosystem of shared knowledge and growth.
I think going through the education system is an interesting path. Many high schools have mandatory volunteer hours. I could see the DIY model as a great/easy way to get students out and interacting with their community. I could see student organizations (whether high school or college) developing solely around this model....the Vibrancy in a Box Student Org of school x, y, z.
I agree with the creating jobs piece completely. While start-ups certainly create jobs, with limited resources a start-up needs to hire as few people as possible. Rob, as a business model guru, any ideas on how we can make a start-up more pro-job? Certainly there are subsidies, but I don't think that is the answer here. Or there is encouraging the growth of start-ups that are more optimal for creating jobs (certain industries). Or there is encouraging start-ups to higher more people to do tasks or fill positions that might otherwise not be listed...though with maybe greater risk (and dollars). All of this might go against Lean Startup ideals. Just tossing some ideas around. Thoughts?