Having been involved as an entrepreneur in helping to enhance local communities based around coffee bars for many years, let me tell everyone about a new social networking website which I helped set up and is intended to create a communications channel to enable and encourage people to set up community groups and local community initiatives.
www.streetlife.com was trialled in SW London over the past few months and the response was remarkable. Over 12,000 people have now signed up and within Battersea and the surrounding areas have created numerous groups of individuals who have saved libraries, cleaned up parks, created book clubs and lift-sharing clubs to name a few. In addition there is the constant chatter of communities talking about crime, schools, the best plumbers and a myriad number of local issues.
It was launched nationally this week and we are now seeing people sign up all over the UK and starting to talk! Local businesses can sign up and create special offers for the local community if they wish thereby linking local business to the local population. I am a long standing but fairly passive Fellow of the RSA and it would be great to see others help or in some way be involved. The best way to get a feel for the site is to sign up and watch everything that is going on. Obviously SW London is by far and away the busiest community at the moment and many parts of the UK are still very sparse but it is growing!
If anyone would like to be involved, has feedback or ideas for Streetlife to further 'make it happen' I would be delighted to hear from you.