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"Your Community" Charter Worksheet


Top Level Intro Paragraph for Group Home Page

Each group home page starts with:

Welcome to the Westborough, Massachusetts Issues Forum

Then you share the "Intro paragraph on web site" to say what your forum is about in order to attract members and set the tone. Here is some sample text to edit:

Here you will find thoughts and voices from fellow residents of "The Hundredth Town." We invite you to browse and participate, to learn and contribute. Just like you might do when you encounter friends at the local salon or barber shop, or when waiting in line to sign-in for town meeting, this forum is a place to discuss local public issues and exchange community announcements and information using our real names, with civility and respect.
The goal of this forum is to give everyone a greater voice in decisions that affect the community, increase civic participation, and help encourage more input into solutions for local area problems. Please join now and participate via e-mail or the web. To contact forum organizers, send e-mail to our westboroughcitizensonline@gmail.com account. This forum will open as soon as we have registered 100 participants. More ...

The word "More..." then links off to your full charter (that you are filling out below.

When a forum is in the start-up phase you can also tell people who they should contact to get involved or to join your local steering committee. You may also display a photograph/image representing your community along side this text. The image should be taller than wider (up to 200 pixels wide) and used only with permission of the owner. Creative commons images from Flickr are a great source - replace "city" with your keywords.

Purpose of the Forum - Short

Complete the following statement: The purpose of the {Your Community} Issues Forum is:

  • The purpose of the Westborough, Massachusetts Issues Forum is to provide a place to discuss local public issues and exchange community announcements and information using our real names, with civility and respect.

Intro Paragraph to Charter - Longer Purpose/Welcome Statement

Repeat the purpose/scope text from your Intro Paragraph for your Group Home Page for your full official "charter." Your charter is meant to be relatively stable and is your governing document that is attached to E-Democracy.Org's universal rules.

  • Here you will find current thoughts and voices from fellow residents of "The Hundredth Town." We invite you to browse and participate; to learn and contribute. Just like you might do when you encounter friends at the local salon or barber shop, or when waiting in line to sign-in for town meeting, this forum is a place to discuss local public issues and exchange community announcements and information using our real names, with civility and respect. The goals of this forum are to: improve awareness of the issues and opportunities in our town, give everyone a greater voice in the decisions that affect our community, increase civic participation, and help encourage more input into solutions for local area problems. Please join now and participate via e-mail or the web.

Goals

The Goals of the Westborough, Massachusetts Issues Forum are to:

  • Improve awareness of the issues and opportunities in our town
  • Give everyone a greater voice in the decisions that affect our community
  • Increase civic participation
  • Help encourage more input into solutions for local area problems

Typical Topics

Topics that you might find here to discuss include:

  • Sidewalk snow removal and crosswalk safety
  • Police department attitudes
  • Nightlife in Westborough
  • Public Transportation
  • Recreation topics: benches, the Bay State Commons park, bike paths...
  • What an Arts Center could make possible for the town
  • (Add or subtract the number of Typical Topic as you see fit)

Rules

The full text of rules governing E-Democracy.Org forums can be found here: http://e-democracy.org/rules/. However, your groups should pick out a few rules that you would like to highlight on your charter page.

Highlighted Rules:

  • All posts must be signed with your full name.
  • Be Civil and Respectful - This is a public forum with real people. Respect for one another here is paramount. No ad hominem attacks. These are conversations in which we debate ideas. Criticize ideas, not the people behind them.
  • No more than two posts per day, per member.
  • No selling of products or services. Let's keep this an ad-free zone.
  • No multimedia. If you wish to share outside sources, please link to them. Don't paste them in.
  • (Add or subtract the number of Typical Topic as you see fit)

Who Runs This Forum

Please, use this section to insert a short description of your steering committee, including references to any organizations that are playing a leading role in organizing the forum.

  • (We propose a group named "Westborough Citizens Online" for the collection of Westborough residents responsible for the charter and management of the online issues forum for Westborough, Massachusetts as implemented under the organization "E-Democracy.org".)
  • Michael Hyde, proposed Forum Manager. Westborough.com Webmaster
 

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