Light-bulb mo­ments get to shine

Chance to make in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions a re­al­ity

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

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 Vot­ing closes on Au­gust 10.

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