The ‘ShareBristol’ Community-Exchange Scheme rewards localism
ShareBristol is a social enterprise: a membership account, app, and card scheme for residents of Bristol which operates to incentivize acting in your city’s interests. With right backing and buy-in from the council, its partners, local organisations and businesses it would be up to Bristol to agree what could be rewarded or exchanged. Activities - recorded, shared and optionally published - might cover:
- Goodwill and community-minded input
- Co-operation: working on community results together
- Green actions
- Sustainable travel choices
- Local, independent retail shopping
- Energy use (using green suppliers etc.)
- Visits to local attractions, venues and events
Sounds a bit utopian? Maybe not. The big supermarket chains and retailers have expanded their businesses around this concept. But why should they manage all the 'greenie points'? Major-chain Green Points could be converted to Bristol Points. Points earned become ‘Bristol Pence’ and can be converted into Bristol Pounds. You can nominate or donate points to a person or cause. Your account can populate a section in your CV
Not only could this idea be linked to the Bristol Pound but also to the city’s version of the Oyster card. It would of course be linked to your Bristol City Council account by your registration on the electoral roll, (this includes students), to maximize benefit to the member and to the local economy. There could be account types or status: Resident, Trader, Junior, Student. Visitors could have Guest membership.
Naturally there is a social-media aspect: involvements and activities can be shared, rated etc.
Why the contribution is important
- Many activities and choices would benefit the local business and social-economy. Travel operators would be key to this succeeding.
- It would support joined-up thinking, acting and operating – citywide – especially though its links with a developed City Council account.
- Young People would enjoy and be encouraged by their own collaborative involvements, working with the city's partnerships for Children & Young People.
- The Bristol Pound scheme could increase its relationship with other local and community-based point-earning scheme-strands. Like a club card, ShareBristol would convert points to Bristol Pence, and then Bristol Pounds. More than retailers could be in the scheme but £BP would benefit.
- Points would be kept in the local economy.
- Though we might feel good about acting altruistically this would be another reason to act for the city and people of Bristol, wouldand support people in doing so.
by user465122 on December 22, 2013 at 12:29PM