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A presentation on using technology in neighborhoods and local communities to build community. Presented by Steven Clift as a webinar hosted by Grassroots Grantmakers.

A presentation on using technology in neighborhoods and local communities to build community. Presented by Steven Clift as a webinar hosted by Grassroots Grantmakers.

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    Using New Technology for Community Building Using New Technology for Community Building Presentation Transcript

    • High Tech Meets High Touch: Using New Technology for Community Building
      Steven Clift
      Executive Director
      E-Democracy.org
    • The “default” local online news discussion experience is …
      Most people see, expect public conflict.Sharp contrast with private social networking.
    • Unlocking community …
      Connecting people who live near one another.
    • Growing community…
      Opening “organic” hot topic on Standish Ericsson Neighbors Forum in Dec. 2008: http://e-democracy.org/se
      Dear Neighbors, My name is Michael and I'm interested in establishing a community garden in our neighborhood.
      Dozens of messages, offers to help, and a call for a meeting.
      Radical idea!? Local people online can meet in-person.
      500 members, 10%+ of households in May 2010
      This month the Southside Star Community Garden opened!
    • Introduction
      30+ Issues Forums serve 15 communities in 3 countries
      Ford Foundation funded “Participation 3.0” start-up - includes two lower income, high immigrant neighborhood forums. http://e-democracy.org/p3
      Ashoka Fellow
      Hi, I am Steven Clift
      Executive Director, E-Democracy.orghttp://e-democracy.orghttp://stevenclift.com
      Created world’s first election information website in 1994
      Spoken across 26 countries, 27th with Libya in two weeks
    • Presentation Outline
      Two-Way Tools
      Assumption: “Community building” not just informing
      CC: e-mail
      E-mail Discussion Lists
      “Place” Blogs
      Facebook Groups/Pages
      Ning Social Networks
      Video and Photo Sharing
      Twitter Local #hashtags
      Interesting meta-sites
      More Issues Forums
      Many Purposes
      Meet
      Communicate
      Socialize
      Share Information, Contacts, Advice
      Support Neighbors
      Exchange Opinions
      Community News
      Announce/Invite
      Organize
      Collaborate
      Problem-solving
      Building bridges/Inclusion
    • But first, Locals Online
      Connecting a movement that doesn’t know it is one
      New online community, 40+ introductions last week
      Join here, links:http://e-democracy.org/locals
      Related - Two one hour on-demand webinars – Local citizen media, and Issues Forums:
      http://e-democracy.org/webinars
      Different flavors and approaches now coalescing
      Community builders
      Citizen news
      Single block, neighborhood, community-wide
      “Local everywhere”
      Online-based promoting in-person
      Off-line model moving online
      General versus specific niche
    • First Secret
      It is not about technology.
      It is not about waiting for the new new idea.
      It is about desire, outreach, and execution
      If you have the desire, with community building intent, then your technology choices will matter.
    • CC:, E-Lists, Placeblogs
      CC: E-mail
      The simple sheet of paper passed around at National Night Out saves a stray dog from the frigid cold months later.
      E-mail Discussion Lists
      8 million American adults or 4% are members of nhood discussion lists or forums – Pew Internet and American Life Project 2008, K. Hampton
      Google/YahooGroups, DC nhoods, Brooklyn parents
      Hard to find, below the radar, stunningly powerful
      Placeblogs
      Cornerstone of “citizen journalism” online, sometimes “watch dog” protest sites
      Highly interactive examples
      http://locallygrownnorthfield.org – Real comment community
      http://westseattleblog.com – Excellent forums too
    • Facebook Pages and Groups
      Facebook Pages and Groups
      Publicizing “private life” is NOT building “public life” online
      Neighbors who are “friends” are connecting
      Some blocks, nhoods use Facebook Groups, often private
      Some neighborhood associations and gov’ts create Facebook Pages, “Walls” allow place-based interactivity
      Useful “gov” reports:http://bit.ly/socmedgov
    • Ning Social Networks
      Ning (and Drupal too) have made better looking sites easier to create
      Foster more two-way user content
      The “there there” needs critical mass, lead “host”who animates exchange
      Some leading sites
      Boston – http://neighborsforneighbors.com
      Harringay (UK) - http://harringayonline.com
    • Video, Pics, Tweets
      Use of place-based Twitter hashtags like #nemplssupport real-time organic groups
      Use of video and pictures on the rise
      Many leverage YouTube, Flickr, etc.
      Don’t let pretty pictures obscure analysis of “there there”
    • Interesting sites …
      Connecting “builders”
      Locals Online
      Democracies Online
      OurBlocks.net Blog
      Neighbourhoods Blog UK
      Networked Nhoods UK
      Leaders for Communities
      ABCD in Action
      Comm-Org E-List
      Nat Co Dialogue Delib
      Talk About Local UKResearchers too …
      Keith Hampton’s Blog
      Connecting “folks”
      Front Porch Forum (VT biz)
      i-Neighbors (Univ-based)
      ToolzDo (biz)
      GoodNeighbors (np)
      E-Democracy.org (np)
      MN Idea Open (np)
      And many manymore – “Social media in local public life” link on the right at:http://e-democracy.org/locals
    • Neighbor Issues Forums Stories
      More Stories from our Neighbor Issues Forum
      Somali community – 20 missing youth to crosswalks
      “Little Mekong” and BoaLee’s lessons
      Powderhorn Cinco de Mayoviolence
      Chickens in Bemidji
      Leech Lake Native American majority rural forum
      Inclusion evaluation in progress:http://e-democracy.org/inclusion
    • Secret Sauce
      Key Lessons
      Civility and real names builds trust, real community
      Outreach matters – Use paper!
      Real inclusion is “work”
      Multi-tech - Reach people where they are online – E-mail, web, FB, Twitter – we syndicate content
      E-mail “reply” publishing is key to inclusion
    • Secret Sauce 2
      Key Lessons
      Facebook increasingly used by immigrant communities
      Elected officials participate with their voters
      People LOVE neighbor forums
      37 Blog posts sharing Lessons
      Missing gap at block/building/township level? – http://neighbor.be opportunity
    • Many Purposes Reflections
      Meet
      Communicate
      Socialize
      Share Information, Contacts, Advice
      Support Neighbors
      Exchange Opinions
      Community News
      Announce/Invite
      Organize
      Collaborate
      Problem-solving
      Building bridges/Inclusion
    • Advice for Funders
      Promote online community building idea
      Find and encourage good local examples, counter terrible online news commenting trend
      Convene and seed new efforts
      Get lessons to local “hosts” – increase success rate
      Real inclusion will NOT happen without initiative
    • Advice for Funders 2
      Don’t wait - technology and models will NEVER stabilize – constant evolution and opportunity to learn
      Create two-way online connections among grantees with “host” e-facilitators
      Consider options to connect people (the “builders”) across different cities looking for great ideas and lessons to apply locally
      Pool resources - help people find (or create) local online spaces from national look-ups – Why not 8%, then 16% of Americans?
    • Further Information
      As part of Participation 3.0 we are:
      Convening and working to “move the field”
      Plotting a “Locals Online” roll call webinar
      Working with League of Women Voters on “Sunshine 2.0” guide for local evaluation of govs online support for democracy
      Working with OpenPlans.org on “DemocracyMap”
      Really pushing inclusion in online civic engagement
      Developing next generation partnership proposals by 4Q
      Steven Clift
      clift@e-democracy.org
      @democracy on Twitter
      612-234-7072
      Join Locals Online:
      http://e-democracy.org/locals
      More Links
      http://blog.e-democracy.org
      http://e-democracy.org/nf
      http://e-democracy.org/p3
      http://stevenclift.com
      Slides also available from:
      http://www.slideshare.net/netclift