Street Groups are Useful Because;
We feel more comfortable living in our street when we know more people. That gives you a feeling of security and belonging, that is very valuable. Many people remark about knowing more people.
Other people are generally very helpful and willing to be friendly.
The Active Learning model, top right, illustrates the primary idea that makes joining groups so valuable. You can combine learning by doing, with talking to others and simply sitting on the side watching what happens.
Street Groups have so far mostly been used for very practical purposes, eg.:
I'm halfway through a job, and I need a tool I don't have, to finish it. Who can help?
Can I find a tradesman in the street to help with ?????
As our experience of these groups develops we expect we'll find new ways to be useful to members in practical ways.
The bottom image may contain more truth than the cartoonist imagines. Japan has been is a long 20 year recession that refuses to break. That may be what's about to happen for the whole of the developed world. While that will cause enormous financial and personal pain, it may also be the opportunity to "turn the ship around" in terms of the environmental and social issues facing the world.
Creating and developing Street Groups is one way to increase community knowledge about the real issues and to do something practical to improve access to the common for people in your street who do suffer misfortune.