Issues Forums for organizers
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Community organizers seek to identify the grassroots issues important to local communities and then organize local people to make change happen.
Typically, national advocacy organizations use the Internet primarily to gather the e-mail addresses of supporters to then send them messages to encourage donations toward their cause. This is not how you use an Issues Forum.
With Issues Forums, you are "virtually" door knocking with the people you are directly seeking to organize and ultimately benefit. Read on below for lessons on how to engage in this two-way environment.
These lessons and tips can be adapted to any local online public space.
This article is focused on neighborhood-level forums where community organizers are seeking to reach local residents or influence the local public officials on the forums by demonstrating community support for their cause.
- Concern over a lost sense of power or control of the direction of conversation.
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