What project would you set up to make the world a better place?
By vJoe 14th June 12
Recently we asked vInspired staff:
“If you could choose one social action project to set up to make the world a better place, what would it be?”
Here’s part two of their answers (part one here). Feel free to add your own in the comments section below!
Improving access to education
I feel really strongly about giving girls and young women equal access to education and employment. Often in developing countries, poorer families can’t afford to send all of their children to school. More often than not it is young males who are chosen to go to school, over their sisters. I would love to set up a project using online technology such as Skype, so that girls in rural areas of developing countries can receive the same educational opportunities as their brothers, and so go on to live financially independent lives.
Sharing neighbourly love
I’d set up a project that would get neighbours speaking to each other like a neighbourhood swap day where neighbours could swap their unwanted items with each other. Growing up in London I knew most of the people that lived down my street but that seems to be increasingly rare.
A reverse inter-generational project
I was thinking of a reverse inter-generational project, whereby the older generations teach young people skills that have been forgotten along the way. My mum was a massive baker and taught me how to cook and bake cakes and even though she is an excellent seamstress, she never once showed me how to sew. So an environment where the older generation can teach the younger generation how uses these skills would be ideal!
Community eating project
Fay, Marketing Intern
I would set up a community eating project. I hate the idea of eating dinner alone, but know that this is the reality for dozens of people in my community. For a small contribution group meals could be held weekly at schools, in people gardens, church halls and community centres – the money made could be used to feed the less fortunate. This would also be a great opportunity for the coming together of people of all ages and a chance to create a tighter bond within a community.
Tackling food waste
I’d tackle wasteful food issues…Setting up “BOGOF” teams at every supermarket for people who buy ‘buy one get one frees’, and then know they can hand them over after they’ve bought them. I’d also organise weekly visits to people’s homes to see if there is stuff in people’s fridges/houses that they aren’t going to eat/going to throw away, and work out how to redistribute to those who need it most.
Feeling inspired? We’re handing out grants of up to £500 to 14-25 year-olds to set up their own community projects with vInspired Cashpoint.
Alternatively, why not check out Junction49, where young people share and develop ideas to set up their own projects?