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Rather than answering the question "what do you want to be?", purpose workshops help young people to articulate what they want their life to be about.

Rather than answering the question "what do you want to be?", purpose workshops help young people to articulate what they want their life to be about.

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The challenge of an accessible election experience begins long before election day. Engaging meaningfully with the process should mean making an *informed* choice - whatever that choice looks like. How can we help people inform themselves?

The challenge of an accessible election experience begins long before election day. Engaging meaningfully with the process should mean making an *informed* choice - whatever that choice looks like. How can we help people inform themselves?

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Wow - very cool. This reminds me of http://www.talkshopnyc.com - an initiative that looked to capture the community energy that came about following Hurricane Sandy to see if it could be recreated in the absence of disaster.

This is the explanation from their website for why they set up TalkShopNYC - "When Hurricane Sandy took away New York City’s power, it ended up giving us something even more electric: An excuse to talk to each other. We saw impromptu building parties. We saw chefs cooking for regulars by candlelight. We saw corporations actually operating like people.

We saw neighborhoods briefly transform into communities.

It was fleeting, but it wasn’t phony. And now, we’re interested in finding out how we can be more connected in the absence of disaster. The Talk Shop is our first experiment. Whether that means ranting about the Giants or recalling a time you felt tiny, together we’ll help the Big Apple feel a little… smaller."

When neighbourhoods become communities - and people feel a sense of connection to and responsibility for each other - spaces become safer. Talking to each other is a great start.

I really like this idea - a positively-framed, practical, community-based, community-powered initiative that promotes a feeling of safety and makes a statement about people in the community being prepared to look after each other. In New Zealand, there are discussions currently about how we can encourage young people to walk and bike to school safely. Over half of our school children are driven to school because of safety fears - only 15-20 years ago it was about 25%-30%. Part of it relates to the safety of our roads for cyclists but parents also fear for their children walking to school - an initiative like this could assist with alleviating those fears and reduce the risk by indicating to would-be offenders that the community is one that looks out for each other.

I wonder how technology might play a role in this? Connecting safety houses? Alerting other safety houses when someone can't be home on a particular day? Introducing the safety house owners to their community?

The other benefit is that it could help to reduce the "bystander effect". People would feel like they can intervene because they and others have a role to help protect their neighbours.

I have just remembered that a woman was recently randomly attacked in a low-income suburb and knocked on someone's door for help - they didn't let her in - they pushed her away. A safety house would have helped her but also I think that if a community see safety houses around them they might feel like they can/need to help people in times of need if they know there are others around them prepared to do so.

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Hi Sasha!

Thanks for this feedback - I really appreciate it. I agree that there is real integrative potential between this with LAB21 - an idea which I love, by the way. A space as the "''innovation bedrock' of communities seeking to support youth as they transition from school to work." - NICE!

As for purpose exploration, I would love to see it discussed more - generally. In homes, in schools, in places like LAB21 - the more the merrier!

Cheers,

Luc