Colab is working in partnership with Devon County Council and Made Open, to launch a new online community exchange platform for Exeter.
Made Open Exeter will allow individuals, groups and organisations to ‘make an offer’ or ‘make a request’ for support or collaboration in their community. The platform will allow people to exchange time, skills, ideas, or resources with those who need it. The platform aims to increase opportunities for people to volunteer, help each other out, be more locally connected and come together to take positive action around local issues.
By focusing on what communities have to offer each other rather than focusing on their problems and needs the platform aims to incentivise people to do more for their community by offering credits for their time spent supporting local people and projects.
The platform will link up with local organisations and businesses to offer a variety of goods, experiences, learning opportunities, or services as credits and incentives for those taking part.
The idea is to create a mutually beneficial marketplace for individuals, communities, and businesses to connect with each other and work together to co-design and shape improvements to their local area, the local economy, and community support networks.