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Idea #4 A Chalk Walk

At it’s simplest: a sidewalk of chalk messages that people can walk on and is covered in notes about upcoming events in a public place.

It doesn’t have to be pretty, professional or highly visual. It could just be simple like this, but with loads and loads of messages – I imagine events would feature most.

To get more complicated there could be guidelines over what is permitted and what isn’t e.g. no commercial advertisements permitted in chalk (it should be a community/cultural initiative not a cheap way to get people to buy things) or additional features could be pursued by Council etc like chalk-commissions or 3D chalk pictures (all temporary) around special events to attract attention to the area and celebrate the Chalk Walk and the City or a particular theme. e.g. Christmas, Chinese New Year etc.

But really the more you restrict or guide people the less inviting or surprising the Chalk Walk would be. The more people that visit and leave their message on the Chalk Walk the more of an attraction it will be, so I wouldn’t recommend people are given guidelines. The most important thing is public permission for the Chalk Walk and then see where it goes…

Chalking of pavements already happens quite often, but never altogether in one space.

I think it would become a tourist attraction, an unofficial noticeboard of what’s happening in the city.
Plus you could always be sure the news on the Chalk Walk was up to date, as it would fade away in a matter of days and be re-written.

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So I had this idea..

Hey there :)
So often people have good ideas but don’t have the time, resources or the will to actually make them happen.

I’ve started this blog so that there might be a way of collecting some of them, and perhaps people acting on them. If you’d like to submit an idea contact me through this blog or email bonniedavies (at) iinet dot net dot au you’ll receive full credit for your idea on this blog and maybe even see it become a reality when someone else reads it..

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An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Good ideas are common – what’s uncommon are people who’ll work hard enough to bring them about.
- Ashleigh Brilliant

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
- Anais Nin

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

We think good ideas to death, when we should be acting them to life.
- Brian G. Jett

I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.
- Albert Einstein

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple, learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.
- John Steinbeck

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- Arthur C. Clarke

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