Author: Heather Brooke
What NEED does this meet?
This site would give neighbours the chance to communicate, meet, organise, coordinate local projects, lobby the council, or just go to the local pub. The aim is to re-establish bonds of community and trust with those people living near us.
A similar project is operating in America: http://www.meettheneighbors.org/
What is the APPROACH?
The plan is to get people in buildings, blocks and streets to sign up to the service. For example, all those in a shared leasehold could sign up to receive and comment on issues affecting the block. People could lobby the council for more parking spaces, recycling bins, discuss planning proposals, crime in the area, etc.
What are the BENEFITS to people?
These days, there are few opportunities to meet our neighbours. We’re hardly going to knock on everyone’s door and introduce ourselves! But online, there are few obstacles to meeting the neighbours.
What is the COMPETITION?
None that I know of.
What BUDGETS & LOGISTICS are required?
The main difficulties will be getting enough people signed up and overcoming people’s natural shyness. Publicity will be essential.