In my societal commentary,”Orion … A Feline Metaphor for Hybrid Governance,” I proposed a hybrid type of governance as alternative to our current political malaise and civic ineptitude. At the center of this hybrid is the Community 3.0 Front Porch civic network. A Front Porch can be the local pub down the street or the coffee-house you get your morning the espresso from. It can be Bill’s garage where everyone hangs out to watch Sunday football games. It can even be your kitchen table. What happens on the Front Porch is what matters … not what it looks like or where it is.
The Front Porch’s purpose is to identify Solutions, whether they be in response of needs or opportunities. These Solutions are designed to help their community pick up the slack and mend the societal safety net. They can range from organizing a cleanup effort, to fixing a playground, to even spearheading a high school mentoring or apprentice program.
To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, “Front Porches.“
As a part of the Community 3.0 platform we’ve put together a roster of several examples of what can come of collaborations in your community’s Front Porches. Imagine, take direct action … and this could be your community.
One of these examples is “Hey .. We Need Some Help Over Here!”
“On-demand” Clean-up and Help Services
In theory it’s great to organize clean-up efforts to beautify a community or neighborhood. But isn’t keeping it clean just as important? Or what about if we see someone in need? We can’t expect the government or public sector to step in and pick after we left off. They didn’t do it in the first place. Through the Community 3.0 program “Help Me … I’m Dirty,” communities and neighborhoods can coordinate clean-up efforts on a scheduled ongoing basis. But that doesn’t do it all. What we need is a system to alert those Merchants responsible for a zone once help is needed.
Community 3.0, through their program “Hey … We Need Some Help Over Here,” and the concept of “Touch-ups” are to provide that system. A “Touch-up” is any little improvement that can be done to better a community. Anytime a Community 3.0 Contributor sees a need in their community, they can alert us through posting a “Touch-up” request on “The Coffee House” forum. And from there, through the Merchants and their network Contributors (customers) … those needs will be addressed. But the goal of the “Touch-ups” program isn’t just clean up ~ it’s the creation of an attitude, an attitude where anyone can and should be part of the solution.
All you have to do is tell what you see; what should be cleaned-up, who should be helped … or what just isn’t right in your community. Just post your comments in “The Coffee Shop” under “Touch-ups.”
We ask you to be part our efforts to connect ours communities with their residents. Too often we become detached from our physical surroundings sitting idly by expecting the government to fix what’s broken. As we’ve found out, this can be exercise in frustration. They need us to step and help. Help us create a foundation for which our communities can build on in their quest for self-sustainability and well-being. No matter what role you wish to play; whether it’s directly in your community or you’re someone who wants to lend your experience and expertise to us in devising network-wide programs … we welcome you.
To get a more full understanding of the Community 3.0 Front Porch concept, please read the post, “Front Porches.” Also please follow us on Twitter at @Community3_0, and check out the main 3.0 web site.
And when you’re ready – please comment below, tell us who you are and how you think you can better the 3.0 community.
Community 3.0 Solutions:
- “Label the Town” ~ Community “places of interest” labeling
- “Pretty Pictures on the Wall” ~ Amateur art showings
- “Is it Art” ~ Vacant area art projects: art, music, theatrical
- “Showing our Stuff” ~ Street fairs
- “Recess Time” ~ Playground restoration
- “Help Me … I’m Dirty” ~ Public and private space clean-up
- “Stop and Smell the Roses” ~ Public and private space beautification
- “Fixing the Neighborhood” ~ Neighborhood renewal and repair
- “Hey … We Need Some Help Over Here” ~ “On-demand” help services
- “Apollo 13 … Please Come Home” ~ “Resource Maximization”
- “Pop-up Community” ~ Vacant building resource maximization
- “I’m Not Alone Anymore” ~ Elderly / shut-in well-being assistance
- “Get Out of the House” ~ Adult athletic and intelligence leagues
- “Love Comes From the Ground” ~ Gardens and farmers markets
- “Play Ball” ~ Youth sports and intelligence leagues
- “Getting Up to Speed” ~ Student tutoring
- “This is What I Think … ” ~ Youth writing project
- “Making the Transition” ~ Apprenticeships and post school transition
- “Leadership 2020 Anti-Congress” ~ Student assembly