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Ralf commented on Citizen Action Learning Lab

Hi OpenIDEO-Team, sorry that it has taken me a while until via a serendipity encounter (while looking for something else) I stumbled across your message and my profile. Updated, and published earlier today.

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Ralf commented on Local Open Innovation Community

I very much like your idea - we prototyped a similar thing here in Dresden http://twitter.com/occDD (OpenCoffeeClubDresden). The idea was not new I imported it from Boston from one of my visits there some years back. 

Interestingly people joined as they needed some help, or guidance on a problem they could not solve other, yet they left once this problem was solved in their perspective, and never showed up again. We ran the initiative a couple of years, and sort of closed it down (no activity).

The concept might work in cities where people earn respectively much money, and have a decent 40 hours (or less) work-week, which I saw in Brussels some years ago. 

What is your current next action step, or have you already a small prototype out you could share some insights from?

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Ralf commented on EdCreds: A New Currency for College

Excellent idea - at a workshop yesterday on "Future City Dresden" (#DDzu2030) there was a similar proposal pointing to raise citizen engagement through giving back in "special currency points" on specific activities, or support that brings the city further to a overall well-being of its citizens. 
It could be in the form of free visits to museums, swimming pool entries, or other financial benefits through offering city services for free.

My question is: how has been the financial necessity solved to implement the solution? Who is given money, and how has been the process (e.g. crowdfunding, a foundation)?