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This is a basic overview to start thinking about building and participating in collaborative community in the Civic Space - everything outside the four walls of any organization. The document offers simple, starting questions to help people get involved, experience, and relate to the context of spatial networked community that can exist face-to-face and online. Also included are real examples readers can learn from and get ideas to apply to their own endeavors. The document was written by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder and Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) Dec 2008. Please post your comments and questions! You can learn more about innovation, building networks, and collaborative communities at http://i-open-2.near-time.net/overview/welcome Email email@example.com if you would like to contribute an interview about your work as it relates to strengthening prosperity in communities and their regions.