Big Ideas…

14th December 2010 by

My name’s Sam and I’m on an internship at the Otesha Project, which is all about training me up to be able to run my own project. So that’s what I’m going to do.

Firstly, of course, I had to think of a project. What do I want to change, what can I change? I’d always wanted to do something but I needed a big idea.

I thought about it for a while on the train home, staring into empty space with my headphones in. Surrounded by dozens of people doing roughly the same; twice a day, travelling from home to work and work to home. Then they get home, sit down and watch telly, maybe text someone or go on Facebook and finally sleep before repeating.

And people are becoming more and more isolated and introverted.

So I decided I wanted to get people talking again. Not just that, but being friendly to other people, maybe even being optimistic about ‘people they don’t know yet’ rather than ‘strangers’.

Essentially, the plan is to launch an open space in my local area (probably sometime around April-ish) with the aim of promoting a real sense of community and promoting the alternatives to what has created this antisocial society. I don’t really think the ‘Big Society’ is going to cut it.

This would, hopefully, provide everyone a place to sit and relax, away from home and with other people they share the city with.

In the fantasy world this open space exists in, the facilities available include an ‘open room’ of comfy chairs and tea and biscuits, a public meeting room for any group to utilise, also possibly a room with a few beds (read mattresses) to serve as a youth hostel and a community garden outside.

It’s very early days in an ambitious project but I’m optimistic. Feedback, ideas and volunteers would be much appreciated and hopefully you’ll be hearing soon about the grand launch.

DIY Projects

14th July 2010 by

So… amongst numerous activities and the many other things they get up to, the lovely people at Otesha are piloting a new programme/service thing.

After various discussions and meetings, it now officially goes by the name of ‘DIY Projects’ and I have been offered to take part… I am the ‘DIY Pilot’, sounds pretty dangerous when put like that, but I assure you, there’s absolutely no flying involved!

I have been thinking and talking about all sorts of project ideas that I want to set up for quite some time now! It’s about time I got a move on and turn them from the ideas stage into reality… This is where the actual work begins, and where Otesha comes in! Through providing time to mentor me through the project, office space and facilities I should have everything in place to really build up some momentum.

What is my project idea? (I hear you ask)

I want to set up a pedal-powered delivery system. That is simply delivering stuff via bike.

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