I've had some ideas for London. Alain and the Evening Standard are asking for ideas at the minute, so I'm going to enter them in return for the chance to win a night in a boat on the roof of the South Bank. Here's my ideas, as wonderfully illustrated by Maggie at Scriberia.
idea 1: The Good Old Days
An idea to get young people and old people talking to each other. That would manifest itself in a series of ongoing events (The Good Old Days). Such as vintage film screenings where the participants, both old and young, would have a chat with each other after the event. Think speed dating for random strangers both old and young.
idea 2: Finding the oyster in oyster
Almost £30 million is left unused on Oyster cards every year. £30 million that could be put to very good use if only it could be released back into the world again. Why not create an affiliate charity Oyster card targeted at tourists and short terms visitors, where the remaining unspent balances are donated to chosen charities (with the purchasees permission) after 12 months of none use.
idea 3: #occupy culture
An idea to create a yearly London based '#occupy culture weekend' where a broad cross section of Londoners, who don't normally attend cultural events, are encouraged to apply for FREE tickets to a wide range of events. Participants are simply encouraged to consume less stuff and more ideas for a weekend.
idea 4: The really real London tour
Let's create a new kind of guided tour for London which takes participants through a selection of the realities of England's capital.
idea 5: Conversation Olympics
During the Olympic fortnight create a series of 'conversation with strangers' evening picnics across London's Royal Parks. Taking the unique opportunity of a time when the international community of London guests is at its richest. And doing stuff outside of the Olympic venues to constructively fill people's time while they're waiting for public transport to calm down a bit.
idea 6: Save the Hello
People don't say hello as much as they used. Let's try and 'save the hello' from a long, slow departure from our lives. Here's just a few ideas of ways that we could collectively save it.