Light-bulb moments get to shine
Chance to make innovative solutions a reality
A CAMPAIGN to harness community brainpower has generated more than 1000 ideas to make Australia a better place.
Run by not-for-profit organisation the Australian Futures Project, My Big Idea encourages ordinary Aussies to submit solutions to problems holding this country back, from housing affordability to care for the disadvantaged.
The proposals range from initiatives such as turning every suburban nature strip into a communal fruit and vegetable garden, to introducing peer-to-peer lending to the housing market as another pathway for young Australians to buy their first home.
Ideas have come in the form of community schemes, business proposals, apps, political reform and much more.
And they are being judged by the community through an online voting system.
The top 100 ideas will go before an expert panel, with 10 winners chosen to be brought to life thanks to the support of some of Australia’s leading organisations.
Another outcome is that 500 Australians who submitted an idea will be invited to take part in a threemonth innovation capability-building program.
The best will be developed by the Australian Futures Project’s big-name partners and supporters – universities, philanthropists and firms, among them News Corp Australia.
Businessman Dick Smith said: “This is a brilliant initiative. You’re not a real Australian unless you get involved.”
Even if you don’t submit an idea, you can read about and vote for your favourites at MyBigIdea.org.au. Voting closes on August 10.