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SPECIAL ALERT: Join the Minnesota Voices Online community of practice today and check out the Unconference.

Update: This grant project is now closed. The four rural forums remain active and open. They like our typical Issues Forums are now volunteer-supported. The project evaluation and other shared lessons are available.

In 2007, E-Democracy.Org received a grant from the Blandin Foundation for an 18 month project that will run into 2009. The purpose of the grant is:

  1. To collect and share emerging lessons from online citizen engagement and media in Greater Minnesota.
  2. To identify potential partners interested in launching local Issues Forums in Greater Minnesota and to host and help launch at least 3 such forums.

We will be using this page to keep friends, partners, and the public informed of our progress and to provide opportunities for input and/or participation in the project.

For more info: our project proposal is available in PDF. For updates follow our Project Blog posts tagged "rural."

How You Can Get Involved

  • 1. Become an Outreach Partner - Invite submissions to our Minnesota Citizen Media and Online Engagement survey and spread the word about hosting citizen media outreach events and Issues Forums.
  • 2. Host a Citizen Media and Online Engagement Outreach Event - We are identifying five regional sites. Offer your community site and help generate interest. More info on Citizen Media Events
  • 4. Start an Issues Forum - We need volunteers in at least three rural communities/regions to join us and start a local Issues Forum. This model combines an accessible e-mail lists, with a web forum, and a multi-author blog. It works. ;-)
  • 5. Contact us about joining our online Rural Voices Working Group - We have a behind-the-scenes online working group for those involved with our initiative. This is a great place to get involved.

Contact us to help in any of these areas: team@e-democracy.org

Citizen Media and Online Engagement Outreach Events

The cities listed are for discussion purposes - outreach event selection process is under way. If your organization is interested in hosting a Citizen Media and Online Engagement workshop, training, or panel discussion - please contact us.

  • This portion of the grant is complete.

Possible Issues Forums

The five outreach events will lead in part to the identification of at least three Issues Forums in Greater Minnesota (outside of larger areas Duluth, St. Cloud, Rochester and of course the Twin Cities).

Documents and Resources

  • Rural Voices project timeline
  • Prospecting Spreadsheet (password required)
  • Citizen Media Survey
  • Maps and demographics
    • Map 1

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