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Using Empty Shops for Skills Swap Shops (Unsheffield June 2009)


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Presentation which proposes using empty shops as places where people give and learn skills. The real difference is the people decide what is shared and what is learned. The presentation proposes a pilot in Sheffield to kick things off.

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Using Empty Shops for Skills Swap Shops (Unsheffield June 2009)

  1. 1. Section Divider: Heading intro here. Swap Shops* *working title @helenmilner 19 June 2009
  2. 2. A big week for digital britain Sources: ONS internet access surveys ONS Survey Question 2006 % 2007 % 2008 % Not accessed in last three months 40 33 29 Never accessed 35 27 25 No household internet connection 43 39 35
  3. 3. 17 December 2008 – all to close by 5 Jan 2009
  4. 5. Recession Britain <ul><li>People need skills </li></ul><ul><li>People need practice </li></ul><ul><li>Social media for social good </li></ul><ul><li>People want to share </li></ul><ul><li>People have skills </li></ul><ul><li>People have furniture </li></ul><ul><li>People have smart clothes they no longer wear </li></ul><ul><li>People want to support their local community </li></ul><ul><li>Shops are empty </li></ul><ul><li>Swap shops* </li></ul>
  5. 6. Want skills/Got skills <ul><li>You need to know things I know </li></ul><ul><li>I need to know things you know </li></ul>
  6. 7.
  7. 8. <ul><li>One shop </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>Two signs </li></ul><ul><li>One says: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you want to learn something </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One says: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you want to share something </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. How much can we achieve for free? <ul><li>One shop (free rent) </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture (donated) </li></ul><ul><li>Wifi (donated) </li></ul><ul><li>Computers (reuse) </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga mats (bring your own) </li></ul><ul><li>All staff (volunteers) </li></ul><ul><li>All skills shared (volunteers) </li></ul><ul><li>Everything is free to use </li></ul>
  9. 10. Not just technology <ul><li>Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Tai Chi </li></ul><ul><li>Painting </li></ul><ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><li>Electronics </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking </li></ul><ul><li>Book keeping </li></ul><ul><li>Photography </li></ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul><ul><li>Guitar </li></ul><ul><li>CV writing </li></ul><ul><li>Interview skills </li></ul><ul><li>… . and lots of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever people want </li></ul>
  10. 11. Pop-up swap shops <ul><li>Instant swap shops </li></ul><ul><li>Pop-up </li></ul><ul><li>Pop-down (all we need is a van) </li></ul><ul><li>That’s why rent is free! </li></ul>
  11. 12. National network of swap shops <ul><li>Empty shops are in every town and city </li></ul><ul><li>Every town and city has people who want skills and who have skills to share </li></ul><ul><li>Share as we go on a wiki – an unfranchise handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Prove the idea </li></ul><ul><li>Create a federation </li></ul>
  12. 13. Moneytise? <ul><li>Everything has a value </li></ul><ul><li>Donations from people taking part </li></ul>
  13. 14. Sheffield – the pilot <ul><li>Do you want this to happen in Sheffield? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have ideas to make this better? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have time to give? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have skills to share? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you know more people who will want to help? </li></ul><ul><li>If it works in Sheffield …. it doesn’t mean it will work elsewhere … </li></ul>
  14. 15. “ Milner has a 20th century welfare state style solution to a 21st century problem&quot; Let’s use 21 st century tools to bring people together to make our communities better places to live
  15. 19. <ul><ul><li>Two signs: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you want to learn something? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do you want to share something? </li></ul></ul>
  16. 20. @helenmilner [email_address]