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 the community pick up the slack and mend its 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 “Making the Transition.”
Apprenticeships and Post High School Transition Assistance
The teenage years are precarious, to say the least. Maybe these days even more so. The younger generations are submersed in a vortex of what is likely to be an uncertain future. The jobs, employment and security that were there for their parents look to be nothing more than illusion to them. They go to school often feeling more like prisoners than the future hope – as they walk through metal detectors past armed guards peering at them as if they are a crime just waiting to happen.
Today’s teenagers are looked at by older generations as narcissistic and shallow as they burrow into Facebook, Twitter and “selfies.” The “powers that be” in the education world are obsessed with students taking endless standardized tests and hours of homework so to keep up with the plethora of irrelevant facts that must be memorized. Connection to the real world is a luxury – as is guidance on making the transition to the future.
We feel that once high school is over, our children will be ready to tackle their futures on their own. If we don’t send them out into a world littered with minimum wage jobs, then it’s off to college to accumulate tens of thousands of dollars of debt. Very seldom is high school set up to provide needed transitional advice. Most schools are just happy to get their students to graduation. What happens after that is the furthest thing from their minds. “It’s not their job.”
Through “Making the Transition,” Community 3.0 has enlisted it’s local business community (Merchants) to provide on-the-job training experiences or apprenticeships along with career guidance. These experiences will give recent graduates or even current high school students the opportunity to see the “ins and outs” of a profession before they jump in with both feet. Community 3.0 has also obtained the help of professional recruiters ready to share their expertise to willing candidates looking for advice on which way to take their future careers.
The health of any community depends on its ability to “feed the pipeline” with future brainpower.
This brainpower lies squarely with the “best and brightest” of the younger generations. It’s up to the community and its local businesses to nurture these future leaders and prepare them for their transition. It’s very apparent our public education system isn’t doing it.
“Making the Transition” is the means to feed this “pipeline” by providing real world mentoring and introduction to actual career opportunities. Community 3.0 Merchants will give students and recent graduates the chance to try something out without diving “head first” into a college commitment and the crippling debt tied to it.
We ask you to help us create a foundation for which our communities can build on in their quest for self-sustainability and well-being. We ask that you, part of our Community 3.0 family, band together with us to provide the assistance that these up and coming generations need to flourish in the future. And with the connections created with the “Making the Transition” initiative, this future might very well happen right here in your community. 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