Neighborhoods Online at Minnebar

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Quick set of slides used at Minnebar unconference. See the related 90 minute webinar for lotssss more: …

Quick set of slides used at Minnebar unconference. See the related 90 minute webinar for lotssss more:

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  • 1. Neighborhoods Online#minnebar
    Steven Clift
    Executive Director
  • 2. The “default” local online news discussion experience is …
    Most people see, expect public conflict.Sharp contrast with private social networking.
  • 3. Neighbors Forums
  • 4. Unlocking community …
    Connecting people who live near one another.
  • 5. Growing community…
    Opening “organic” hot topic on Standish Ericsson Neighbors Forum in Dec. 2008:
    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!
  • 6. Twin Cities Issues
    Minneapolis – Start-up
    East Harriet
    Near North
    Minneapolis – Open
    Cedar Riverside - Grant supported diverse community outreach
    Standish Ericsson
    St. Paul – Start-up
    East Side
    St. Paul – Open
    Frogtown- Grant supported diverse community outreach
    Highland Park
    Four rural Minnesota communities, UK, New Zealand communities too.
  • 7. FYI - Webinar 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
    Share Information, Contacts, Advice
    Support Neighbors
    Exchange Opinions
    Community News
    Building bridges/Inclusion
  • 8. On-Demand Webinar
    See our blog for an extended 90 minute webinar hosted by Grassroots Grantmakers:
  • 9.
    Unedited, PowerPoint inappropriate junk from our wiki
  • 10.
    Are you neighborly?Would you like to build connections with your neighbors ...
    to make your block safer and prevent crime
    to "break the ice" and meet your neighbors
    to communicate easily as a group with the neighbors you know
    to share experiences and tips answering "who can recommend a good plumber"
    to connect with other parents nearby organize fun activities for your kids
    to organize a spontaneous neighborhood block party on an especially nice spring day
    to do any of the scores of block activities we've identified
    and find geographically relevant information and connections to online community groups in your broader area is a simple idea - use online tools to connect people to their nearest neighbors.
  • 11.
    How it might work
    This experience is simple:
    1. Sign-up - Including your full street address.
    2. Get Listed - You are listed in your custom directory of nearest neighbors (site participants) in a circle around you covering 25 to 100 people. Target members: "neighborly" people open to private small group connections
    3. Connect - Use your neighbor directory to connect with others via their preference (login required, reciprocity ensured). Determine how you want to connect one to one whether by telephone, e-mail or a web form, encouraging neighbors to friend you on Facebook or follow on Twitter, or none of the above.
  • 12.
    4. Discuss- Easily share information (about a break-in on your block), ask questions (who can recommend a good plumber), etc. in private group setting with those in your neighbor circle (directory). Post via e-mail or web. Read via e-mail or web. Topics you start are restricted to just those in your circle. You own the topic and may delete it or comments at anytime. You may only comment on topics started by people in your directory as well.
    5. Explore Locally- Based on your location, find other opportunities for broader public engagement from wider community e-mail lists and neighborhood blogs to aggregated place-based government and community information and links connecting you to civic life. seeks to introduce you to broader public life with you at the center.
  • 13. 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 on “DemocracyMap”
    Really pushing inclusion in online civic engagement
    Developing next generation partnership proposals by 4Q
    Steven Clift
    @democracy on Twitter
    Join Locals Online:
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