An introduction to n21online in pictures

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This short presentation showcases the first year in the life of a community website, based in the North London N21 postcode. In only nine months there are nearly 600 organisations with profiles on n21online.com; which aims to make it easy for people to find and support local businesses, social, environmental and community groups. The big surprise is just how much is going on in this little corner of North London. A busy year?

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An introduction to n21online in pictures

  1. 1. A year in the life of a community enterprise
  2. 2. N21online.com is a new social enterprise, using the Internet to start to build a stronger local community in the North London suburb where I live, by making these organisations more visible to local residents A community is an enterprise, to be nurtured, for the wellbeing of its inhabitants and businesses. One of the best ways of doing this is by encouraging people to become more involved in their local area Launched in January 2010 this presentation reviews the first year in the life of n21online.com
  3. 3. The dynamic world of local online communities “New media is becoming more important in the successful engagement of local communities” The Independent, September 2010
  4. 4. Enabling people to find and use local businesses "A friend, Anne, has recommended I list my business on your site as she has already had some success from doing so" Supporting the hidden business sector, people running businesses from home, local halls and public venues and local retailers
  5. 5. Encouraging people to support local recycling initiatives
  6. 6. Showcasing local environmental & community projects
  7. 7. Promoting local events “Wow, I didn’t know there was so much going on”
  8. 8. Supporting local charities Over 1600 people have read “Thank you for your continued support” about Woodcroft Wildspace Sue Jamson, Chickenshed Publicity
  9. 9. Celebrating local achievement LOCAL GIRL KATY LAUNCHES DEBUT ALBUM & US TOUR HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY TO HERBERT HARDING ON BROADWAY WINS BEACH PRIZE GOOD IDEA FROM COUNCILLOR LAMPRECHT HIGHLANDS SCHOOL ACHIEVES RECORD GCSE RESULTS CONGRATULATIONS TO JIM & WAYNE WINNERS OF THE ELECTRIC BLUES OPEN MIC COMPETITION VILLAGE VET DEMONSTRATES THE WONDERS OF MODERN VETERINARY SCIENCE CONGRATULATIONS TO ELEANOR PHILPOTT CONGRATULATIONS TO OLD GRAMMARIANS CONGRATULATIONS TO JAMES CREAGH CONGRATULATIONS TO JANETTE FAHERTY CONGRATULATIONS TO ANDREW & SIMON WELL DONE OXFAM IN WINCHMORE HILL
  10. 10. Supporting community action
  11. 11. Promoting national community & environmental initiatives
  12. 12. Encouraging civic engagement These minutes have had over 200 hits, a new way for the Council to reach out to local residents?
  13. 13. Providing new ideas for small businesses This article has had over 1200 hits
  14. 14. Great feedback from dozens of people The site looks brilliant!” "A friend, Anne, has recommended I list my ...it is an excellent idea to pull all N21 business on your site as she has already had activities/info/history together! some success from doing so" “thank you for posting the advert on n21online we love the wording and the “Thanks so much for contacting me, I have just been photos came out great we have already on the site and its great, I would love to be on it” started getting clients from the ad” “It's a great site, and thanks for “I live in N21 and would love to add my business promoting The Big Draw” to your directory if possible” “I've check out your community website and its great! It would be “I bumped into Janice today who lives in Winchmore absolutely fantastic if you could feature Hill, so naturally I told her about your wonderful the Julian Campbell Foundation” website” “Brilliant site by the way” “I would be delighted “I would love to insert if you could put my an advert for my profile on your fitness classes” website!! thank you”
  15. 15. What next? N21online.com will support local business through new local initiatives, in conjunction with local business groups; set up working from home groups; set up N21 networking groups; help launch a new residents association for Highlands Village and new youth club; help Highlands School to build its community links, including a May Fair in 2011; evaluate the opportunity for a new Farmers Market; improve the social networking functionality of the site to make it easier to use; celebrate the achievements of N21 businesses and residents and lots more A busy year? Helen Osman helen@n21online.com

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