"Ah, I'm out of salt. Just need a little bit more to make my dish. But I don't know my neighbours to just knock on their door and ask them for it. "
In Singapore, most of us live in a walled up HDBs and due to our busy schedules, we hardly know our neighbours. In the past where we live in kampungs, there is a "kampung spirit" where neighbours trust and help each other out. In this new age and day, how can we enliven the spirit of giving and sense of community?
To get started we went around and asked about 10 people from varying ages from a student to a parent with the following questions:
1. Where do you live?
Establish extent of problem:
1. How many neighbours do you know?
2. When did you last get to know a stranger in your neighbourhood?
1. What would you like to see to have a happier connected neighbourhood?
2. What do you think you can do to make your neighbours happy?
3. What do you think your neighbours can do to make you happy?
4. When will you need your neighbour?
Our results varied. Most people would like to see a happier connected neighbourhood but not in the expense of having their privacy intruded. The interviews also helped us accumulate acts of service that would be great to have between neighbours. Some of the suggested services are: