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The everyone economy: community ideas for growth
In Ireland, a new initiative called the Ideas Campaign is drawing upon public and collective innovation in order to solicit ideas for economic recovery. 19 key areas including manufacturing, technology, construction, retail and education are being addressed. The campaign is an independent and non-political effort and coordinators will use the ideas to deliver an action plan to government. In just the first five days more than 1,200 proposals were submitted.
Why it matters
Collaboration and consumer input have long been harnessed by brands to make their customers feel significant. This biggest brand of all, the Government, have rarely taken this need and acted on it. With consumers acting on their desire to have their say – and have it heard, could an open government become more of a reality?
The Anthon Berg ‘Generous Store’ pop-up chocolate shop in Denmark does not allow for customers to pay for their product with cash or credit. In fact, customers need to promise they will do a good deed for a person they care for. The chocolate is ‘priced’ at different levels depending on how big a deed is needed to obtain it. These range from‘serve breakfast in bed to your loved one’ to ‘Don’t comment on your girlfriend’s driving for a week’. The most popular service was ‘Help clean your friend’s house’ whilst the least popular was ‘A week where you don’t lie to your father ’.
“A tram called healthiness” is an initiative developed by pharmaceutical company Takeda Italia with the support of the city of Milan, featuring a tram which tours the city, offering interested parties a free, on-board health check.