Just how do you go about rebuilding a nation?
This subject is one which often comes up in conversation... there is no doubt that the country is in a bit of a pickle... a housing market out of control once more... £1.47 trillion in personal debt... and 1 million of our young people educated and trained for a workplace that no longer exists... didn't we do well? In fact we are in a worse position than in 2007 and we all know what happened then.
So what is this going to look like? ... well we need to provide online and offline opportunities for people to begin to get to know each other and it needs to be geographical. We need to be organised in such a way that it is easy to find people that are local to us... the vast majority of us would do things locally if we could, what is the point in driving around and travelling great distances if what we actually need is right here on our doorstep... the strapline of #Link4Growth 'What if we knew you' is at the heart of the solution... what if everyone local was able to be connected to everyone else locally... wouldn't that be something special?
Connecting virtually... many of us are however nervous or a little apprehensive to going out and possibly meeting a bunch of strangers... so how about meeting and chatting online first. Get to know local people by connecting in local communities online. Wouldn't it be great if we could divide the country up into counties (we've already done that haven't we?) and within each, have a community for each of the towns and cities... you wouldn't even have to get off your chair... or go out of the house to begin talking to other local people in your town... and when you decide that you would like to actually meet people then arrange to attend one of the physical community events... online -> offline ... or offline -> online it doesn't matter you can do either.
What though... what if we could have some kind of low cost TV channel service? ... an opportunity to have an even bigger voice by spreading the messages through video... local TV? ... What if we could curate the local news, share info about local charities, Businesses, Sport and much more... Maybe a dedicated debate show on local issues? ... or even a show for the young people of the town? ... what if we could invite guests to join us??
What if we had a platform to engage and discuss on a whole range of other subjects and share best practice on anything from how to be more frugal to how can we live in a more sustainable eco friendly way? Collectively we know all there is to know... what if we could just share that information easily with others? .. what if we could match up those with the knowledge with those that need it? ... how amazing would that be?
please read my previous blog post to see the desperate situation we have left our young people in today... it is our responsibility to own up the mess we have left them in and help them create the future they would like to see... What if we could provide a platform for them to re-connect with the community, connect with all those living locally and open up new and exciting opportunities for them. I am personally working with local colleges to get these young people undertaking real live projects they will be interested in, getting them meeting local people, engaging with local businesses, using their talents to solve real challenges out there today... and providing them with real employability skills that businesses will be needing in the future... but these initiatives are needed in every town right across the country... what are we waiting for??
What if I told you that we can already do all of this? ... what if I told you that everything above is contained within the "Link4Growth community platform" and that it already exists? ... What if I told you that we are already building local communities and it is growing fast... What if I told you that all of the above is FREE ... yes, zero cost? ... What if I asked... would you like to participate and be part of it?