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The Essence of Your Square Mile

The Essence of Your Square Mile

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“YourSquareMile”TheChallenge
Thereare93,000squaremilesintheUK.Wetendtoonlyhearabouttwoofthem,thesquaremilesoftheCityandWestminster,andhavefeltbadlyletdownbybothoftheminrecentyears.“YourSquareMile”isaboutenablingcitizenstomakechangesinasmanyoftheother92,998squaremilesaspossible.Thereareanestimated900,000+communitygroupsintheUKand238,000SocialEntrepreneurs.Wewanttoenablecitizenstofindandjointheseorganisationseasily,usingtheirownneedsandpassionsasastartingpoint,andtofeelabletostarttheirownneighbourhoodgroups.Wewanttolinkthesegroups,socialenterprisesandcommunitiestoeachothertoshareideasandresources,complementingtheroleofexistingumbrellaorganisations.Wewanttocreateaplatformtoenableandempowerallkindsofcitizensandsocialentrepreneurstoachievethingstheirway:bean“i‐phonefortheirapps.”
OurVision
TocreatetheU.K’sbiggestmutual:AUnionforCitizenscalled“YourSquareMile”.
OurMission
Toencouragecitizenstobethechangetheywanttoseeintheworldviathesquaremilewheretheyliveand/orwork.Todothiswewill:
 
Negotiatenational‘dividends’andbenefitsformembersthatencourageandenablethemtogetinvolvedintheircommunitiesandlocalsocialactionprojects,e.g.cheaper,betterliabilityinsurance,oraccesstopublicbuildingsandfacilities
 
DevelopatechnologyplatformthatprovidespeoplewithinformationaboutlocalactionopportunitiesandthebestsocialtoolsandideasfromaroundtheU.K.andtheworld
 
Buildasocialecosystemaroundthisplatform,allowingpeopletoshowcasetheirparticipation,givefeedbackongroupsandprojects,andbuildpeergroups
 
Provideneighbourhoodgroupsandsocialenterpriseswithaccesstoa‘ringofsupport’fromotherorganisations,linkingthemtotools,bestpractices,servicesandexpertisethatwillhelpthemamplifytheirworkandreplicate/bereplicatedwidely
Asamutual,YourSquareMilewillbeanew,powerfulvoice–onethatspeaksonbehalfofactivecitizens,andmakesasignificantcontributiontothenationaldiscourse.
OurStructure
AMutual:anorganisationownedbyitsmembersandrunfortheirbenefit.EverycitizeninEnglandandWales(andtherestoftheUKassoonthereafteraspossible)canusethenetworktoachievetheirgoalsand,byregisteringtheiractivity,becomeashareholderinthenetwork.

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