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Based on where you live, imagine yourself in the center of a friendly and welcoming online circle of interested and engaged neighbors. Unlike past efforts, our model generates leadership rather than requiring it up front.
 
Based on where you live, imagine yourself in the center of a friendly and welcoming online circle of interested and engaged neighbors. Unlike past efforts, our model generates leadership rather than requiring it up front.
  
By building trusted neighborly connections and communication, both online and in-person, BeNeighbors.org (AKA Neighborly) is the missing link to attract a critical mass of active participants block by block to community solutions through real and practical engagement.
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By building trusted neighborly connections and communication, both online and in-person, BeNeighbors.org (originally called Neighborly) is the missing link to attract a critical mass of active participants block by block to community solutions through real and practical engagement.
  
 
'''Welcome'''
 
'''Welcome'''
  
Welcome to the BeNeighbors.org development wiki. Originally code-named "Neighborly," this is a proposed social enterprise and open source coding project.  
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Welcome to the BeNeighbors.org development wiki. This is a proposed social enterprise and open source coding project.  
  
 
* Read on below and '''be sure to join''' our [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly online working group.]
 
* Read on below and '''be sure to join''' our [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly online working group.]
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/r/file/548-2011-03-15T202816Z/BeNeighbors%20One%20Pager%20Draft%201.4.pdf Review our one pager (PDF)]. - Updated March 2011
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* [http://e-democracy.org/beneighbors/beneighborsonepager.pdf One page overview (PDF)]. - Updated June 2011
 
* [mailto:clift@e-democracy.org Contact Steven Clift] to request more information or to volunteer.
 
* [mailto:clift@e-democracy.org Contact Steven Clift] to request more information or to volunteer.
  
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http://pages.e-democracy.org/images/d/da/Beneighborsimage.jpg
  
The working domain name for this project is BeNeighbors.org (BeNeighbours.org).
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The working domain name for this project is BeNeighbors.org (BeNeighbours.org as well).
  
E-Democracy.org has almost two decades of experience with local online participation via our '''public''' [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] model. This includes our very popular [http://e-democracy.org/nf Neighbors Forums] which cover areas with 5,000 to 20,000 residents reaching over 15% of households in [http://e-democracy.org/se some areas.]
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E-Democracy.org has almost two decades of experience with local online participation via our '''public''' [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] model. This includes our very popular [http://e-democracy.org/nf Neighbors Forums] which cover areas with 5,000 to 20,000 residents reaching over 17% of households in [http://e-democracy.org/se some areas.]
  
BeNeighbors.org will be the dynamic block-level '''private''' online group exchange among nearest neighbors that ''complements'' and by design helps support, potentially help fund traditional public online engagement hosted by us, our friends across the [http://e-democracy.org/locals Locals Online] field, and community, civic, and media organizations based on their results as outreach partners.
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BeNeighbors.org proposes dynamic block-level '''private''' online group exchange among nearest neighbors. It seeks to complement and support (potentially fund) traditional "public" online engagement hosted across the [http://e-democracy.org/locals Locals Online] field as well as community, civic, and media organizations based on their outreach results as partners.
  
 
==Be Neighbors - Do you want to ...==
 
==Be Neighbors - Do you want to ...==
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''We are seeking a mix of [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly volunteer engagement] and funding to first develop a proto-type and beta effort in pilot communities.''
 
''We are seeking a mix of [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly volunteer engagement] and funding to first develop a proto-type and beta effort in pilot communities.''
 
Cool! That's a clever way of loonkig at it!
 
  
 
==Get Involved ==
 
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* [http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/07/uk-geocoding-now-available-in-maps-api.html UK GeoCoder?] - In case we want to experiment in our UK Issues Forum communities.
 
* [http://googlemapsapi.blogspot.com/2007/07/uk-geocoding-now-available-in-maps-api.html UK GeoCoder?] - In case we want to experiment in our UK Issues Forum communities.
 
* [http://geocoder.us/ geocoder.us] A geocoder service that is free for noncommercial use.
 
* [http://geocoder.us/ geocoder.us] A geocoder service that is free for noncommercial use.
 
 
THX that's a great ansewr!
 

Revision as of 06:52, 15 June 2011

BeNeighbors.org will connect nearest neighbors online everywhere in powerful, yet practical ways. Whether it builds community, fights crime, or unleashes the latent capacity of neighbors to help neighbors, BeNeighbors.org is an innovative new approach to connecting local people everywhere in community life.

Based on where you live, imagine yourself in the center of a friendly and welcoming online circle of interested and engaged neighbors. Unlike past efforts, our model generates leadership rather than requiring it up front.

By building trusted neighborly connections and communication, both online and in-person, BeNeighbors.org (originally called Neighborly) is the missing link to attract a critical mass of active participants block by block to community solutions through real and practical engagement.

Welcome

Welcome to the BeNeighbors.org development wiki. This is a proposed social enterprise and open source coding project.

BeNeighbors.org

Beneighborsimage.jpg

The working domain name for this project is BeNeighbors.org (BeNeighbours.org as well).

E-Democracy.org has almost two decades of experience with local online participation via our public Issues Forum model. This includes our very popular Neighbors Forums which cover areas with 5,000 to 20,000 residents reaching over 17% of households in some areas.

BeNeighbors.org proposes dynamic block-level private online group exchange among nearest neighbors. It seeks to complement and support (potentially fund) traditional "public" online engagement hosted across the Locals Online field as well as community, civic, and media organizations based on their outreach results as partners.

Be Neighbors - Do you want to ...

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 prepare your block for emergencies and disasters
  • to do any of the scores of block activities we've identified
  • and find connections to community solutions and online groups in your broader area

BeNeighbors.org is a simple idea - use online tools to connect people to their nearest neighbors. (While protecting their privacy and helping the community.)

How it might work

This experience is simple:

1. Sign-up - Including your full street address.

2. Get Listed - You are listed in your personalized directory of nearest neighbors (site participants) around you covering 25 to 100 people. You are in the physical center of your directory. Target members: "neighborly" people open to private small group connections using real names for real trust

3. Connect - Use your neighbor directory to connect with others (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.

4. Exchange - 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 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. BeNeighbors.org seeks to introduce you to broader public life with you at the center.

We are seeking a mix of volunteer engagement and funding to first develop a proto-type and beta effort in pilot communities.

Get Involved

This effort is an experimental part of E-Democracy.org's Participation 3.0 Inclusive Social Media initiative. It was launched at the Minnesota Civic Hackathon on Dec. 12, 2009. Many code-a-thons later the effort continues.

A bit of fun ...

Data Sources

Depending upon how the system in designed, we may or may not need detailed address data (parcels, addresses points, government jurisdiction, etc.).

 

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