UPDATED ON: 18 May, at 1pm

#ApartButUnited

This is a free, collaborative and open-source collection of actionable ideas focused on practical community solutions. We are vetting 100+ best practices from countries previously affected by Coronavirus or COVID-19 and we updated this page on daily basis.

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So, what can you do?

“I want to ___________”

1. PREVENT CONTAGION.

Learn from this World Health Organization interview how to protect yourself, or from Google’s “how to do the 5: wash your hands often, cough in your elbow, don’t touch your face, practice distancing and stay home if you can.

2. SUPPORT HOSPITALS AND HEALTH WORKERS

πŸ‘‰ Get companies to donate their fabric waste for Civic workers to turn into protective gears for hospitals. Link to the Italian story and initiative here.

3. HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE IN MY AREA

Note: the individuals at highest risk are: elders, pregnant women, people with immunodepression and people with serious chronic conditions like diabetes, heart and lung diseases. Here you can find a list of measures they need to adopt.

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πŸ‘‰ Use this guide to map out the individuals at risk in your are or building this guide (including families of health workers who might need extra support) and set-up a local support network for their groceries, waste, dog, etc.

πŸ‘‰ Help set up a dedicated phone line for the elderly in your Municipality to ensure responsiveness, and make sure it becomes active 24/7 and ready for a much higher demand. Link to the Italian case here.

πŸ‘‰ Use this guide to set up a communication channel for your building or area to connect, identify needs and mobilise support using a Facebook Group, Whatsapp or Telegram.

πŸ‘‰ Donate to your local food bank or to homeless shelters, they will support individuals and families in need.

πŸ‘‰ Gather volunteers to send drawings and letters to “our community’s grandmas and grandpas” in retirement homes, who won’t be seeing their dear ones for weeks.

4. Use creativity to mobilise others for prevention

πŸ‘‰ Identify a key character of your country/culture and create a video-message with him/her/it giving key advices to mobilise people and prevent further contagion. Italians used the typical Italian grandma: Listen to your Grandmother: what to do in Coronavirus times and Your Grandma advice on Coronavirus

5. Engage with my kids and family

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πŸ‘‰ Sit all together and take a free virtual museum tour of one of the 10 best galleries in the world:
Pinacoteca di Brera – Milan
Galleria degli Uffizi – Florence
Musei Vaticani – Rome
Archeological Museum – Athens
Prado – Madrid
Louvre – Parigi
British Museum – London
Metropolitan Museum – New York
Hermitage – Saint Petersburg
National Gallery of Art – Washington

πŸ‘‰ Write down together the top 3 places you want to visit in the future. The next 3 weekends, pretend you are there! Find music, recipes, movies and outfits to make it real, and don’t forget to invite other families to join you (extra tip: get inspired with this boards on Italy, Spain, Mexico, or look for more online!)

πŸ‘‰ Call your relatives, especially the ones who live alone or in retirement home, and ask about their childhood, or first love. Use this time to re-connect in a different way, and eventually learn about some of their old, hidden stories.

πŸ‘‰ Invite your kids to choose their new favourite book from the UNESCO World Digital Library (extra tip: who finds the strangest book, wins).

πŸ‘‰ Use this guide to set a shared, daily schedule with your family, including read time VS screen time and slots for activities to do together.

πŸ‘‰ Explore this list of 50+ ideas for activities at home with kids, pick the ones you like and copy them in a calendar in your schedule to prepare (and surprise!) them.

6. Spread good vibes

πŸ‘‰ Choose 3-5 known songs with your neighbours and organise a concert from your balconies. Take inspiration from these. videos. of Italians doing their magic.

Source: Stamp Toscana

πŸ‘‰ Organise a national music festival online, with a pipeline of artists playing every day at a specific time, live from their phones. Take inspiration from the Portuguese “I Stay At Home” online Festival.

πŸ‘‰ Turn your Festival’s vibes into special playlists and invite everybody to dance it out at their places. Use headphones to make it loud! Check out these tunes for quarantine from Vox, these Covid-19 Playlists on Spotify or this Read and Listen collection by a festival producer. Let’s dance apart, but united.

7. Set up the right remote strategy (for myself and/or my company).

Explore the ultimate guide for remote work: “Quick, go remote! A guide on how to set up your remote working strategy”, by leading expert Erin Casali.

Note: Erin has 12+ years of experience in remote work and she is a product team leader in Automattic, probably the largest distributed company in the world, which she helped to grow from 200 to 1200 people worldwide. Her particular expertise includes remote leadership practices and strategies, mental health and inclusion.

8. Mobilise free resources

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πŸ‘‰ Engage with your local cinemas and theatres an invite them to upload their movies and recordings for free for the quarantine period, like this initiative from the Cineteca di Milano.

πŸ‘‰ Independent producers and directors can select movies, documentaries and shorts on community resilience to release for free to create a sense of connection and empowerment. Take inspiration from the Italian Community Cinema Initiative (Streaming di ComunitΓ ).

πŸ‘‰ Digital companies can launch a “Digital Solidarity Program” and give access to content, tools and resources for free. In Italy it was promoted by the Digital and Innovation Department of the government, and included contributions from companies like Amazon, IBM, AWS, Cisco, Microsoft and Google.

πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰ If you know of actionable ideas, projects or resources that should be listed here, please let us know: hello@impacton.org


πŸ‘‰ We update this list everyday,
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πŸ‘‰πŸ‘‰Important: please note that we focus on finding, vetting and spreading community and grassroots solutions that can help respond with calm and inclusion to the challenges created by Coronavirus. Solutions around health and infrastructure are in the hands of the governments and institutions of each country.

Current contributors include:
the Impacton Team, Avi Ram, Erin Casali, Josh Estminger, Kenny Andejeski, Francesca Barco, Cristina Viano and others.

FAQs

What is this?

An open-source, collaborative and free collection of resources that focus on what we can do to take care of the side-effects of Coronavirus:

  • sudden remote work in companies
  • isolation
  • fear
  • lack of support for families with kids
  • lack of support for elders
  • scarcity of resources
Why are we doing this?

For public service, and because this is what we do at Impacton. Our main expertise is to identify and share powerful practices in a way that makes them accessible and adaptable to each community’s needs, and we see no better way to contribute to the challenges that are bringing us together right now.

Instead, let mobilise: this is a free list of ideas and actions to help the most vulnerable, prepare for remote work and more.

You think we are missing something? Please let us know: hello@impacton.org