Neighborhoods Online at Minnebar


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Neighborhoods Online at Minnebar

  1. 1. Neighborhoods Online#minnebar<br />Steven Clift<br />Executive Director<br /><br />
  2. 2. The “default” local online news discussion experience is …<br />Most people see, expect public conflict.Sharp contrast with private social networking.<br />
  3. 3. Neighbors Forums<br />
  4. 4. Unlocking community …<br />Connecting people who live near one another.<br />
  5. 5. Growing community…<br />Opening “organic” hot topic on Standish Ericsson Neighbors Forum in Dec. 2008:<br />Dear Neighbors, My name is Michael and I'm interested in establishing a community garden in our neighborhood. <br />Dozens of messages, offers to help, and a call for a meeting.<br />Radical idea!? Local people online can meet in-person.<br />500 members, 10%+ of households in May 2010<br />This month the Southside Star Community Garden opened!<br />
  6. 6. Twin Cities Issues<br />Minneapolis – Start-up<br />Corcoran<br />East Harriet<br />Longfellow <br />Near North <br />Nokomis<br />Northeast<br />Phillips<br />Minneapolis – Open<br />Cedar Riverside - Grant supported diverse community outreach<br />Powderhorn<br />Seward <br />Standish Ericsson<br />St. Paul – Start-up<br />East Side<br />Hamline-Midway<br />Summit-Hill<br />Summit-University <br />St. Paul – Open<br />Frogtown- Grant supported diverse community outreach <br />Highland Park <br />Roseville<br />Four rural Minnesota communities, UK, New Zealand communities too.<br />
  7. 7. FYI - Webinar Outline<br />Two-Way Tools<br />Assumption: “Community building” not just informing<br />CC: e-mail<br />E-mail Discussion Lists<br />“Place” Blogs<br />Facebook Groups/Pages<br />Ning Social Networks<br />Video and Photo Sharing<br />Twitter Local #hashtags<br />Interesting meta-sites<br />More Issues Forums<br />Many Purposes<br />Meet<br />Communicate<br />Socialize<br />Share Information, Contacts, Advice<br />Support Neighbors<br />Exchange Opinions<br />Community News<br />Announce/Invite<br />Organize<br />Collaborate<br />Problem-solving<br />Building bridges/Inclusion<br />
  8. 8. On-Demand Webinar<br />See our blog for an extended 90 minute webinar hosted by Grassroots Grantmakers:<br /><br />
  9. 9.<br />Unedited, PowerPoint inappropriate junk from our wiki<br />
  10. 10.<br />Are you neighborly?Would you like to build connections with your neighbors ... <br />to make your block safer and prevent crime <br />to "break the ice" and meet your neighbors <br />to communicate easily as a group with the neighbors you know <br />to share experiences and tips answering "who can recommend a good plumber" <br />to connect with other parents nearby organize fun activities for your kids <br />to organize a spontaneous neighborhood block party on an especially nice spring day <br />to do any of the scores of block activities we've identified <br />and find geographically relevant information and connections to online community groups in your broader area <br /> is a simple idea - use online tools to connect people to their nearest neighbors.<br />
  11. 11.<br />How it might work <br />This experience is simple: <br />1. Sign-up - Including your full street address. <br />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 <br />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. <br />
  12. 12.<br />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. <br />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. <br />
  13. 13. Further Information<br />As part of Participation 3.0 we are:<br />Convening and working to “move the field”<br />Plotting a “Locals Online” roll call webinar<br />Working with League of Women Voters on “Sunshine 2.0” guide for local evaluation of govs online support for democracy<br />Working with on “DemocracyMap”<br />Really pushing inclusion in online civic engagement <br />Developing next generation partnership proposals by 4Q<br />Steven Clift<br /><br />@democracy on Twitter<br />612-234-7072<br />Join Locals Online:<br /><br />More Links<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Slides also available from:<br /><br />