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Welcome to the Neighbor.be development wiki. Neighborly is an open source coding project launched at the [[Hackathon|Minnesota Civic Hackathon]] on Dec. 12, 2009. Many hackathons later the effort continues. Read one below and be sure to join our [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly online working group.]
 
  
==Neighbor.be==
 
The working domain name for this project is Neighbor.be (and Neighbour.be.)
 
  
==Are you neighborly?==
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GO HERE - http://beneighbors.org
  
Would you like to build connections with your neighbors ...
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== ARCHIVED CONTENT BELOW ==
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''UPDATE 2 - Join our [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly original Neighborly Online Working Group] to get involved open source efforts to connect neighbors online.''
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''UPDATE - Use of the "BeNeighbors.org" domain is now being leveraged as part of [http://e-democracy.org/inclusion E-Democracy.org's Inclusive Community Engagement Online initiative]. The domain will be used to promote all sorts of neighbor to neighbor connecting services starting with those in [http://forums.e-democracy.org/twincities St. Paul and Minneapolis] before [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/locals/messages/topic/58ncEEx0c2PCmO92VdFVNJ extending elsewhere]. The domain may also be used for electronic block club experiments. Ideas from the original Neighborly/BeNeighbors idea are being integrated into our existing neighborhood-level [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum work] and future experiments.''
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''Instead of launching something new with private neighbor networking at the center for dozens of people (something about a [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Social_media_in_local_public_life dozen new .coms jumped into] since we shared our non-profit idea) we are furthering our existing very "public" [http://tcneighbors.org neighborhood/community-wide network] serving areas of 10,000 or so reaching 20% of households in [http://e-democracy.org/se some places].''
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ORIGINAL TEXT:
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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.
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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.
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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.
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'''Welcome'''
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Welcome to the BeNeighbors.org development wiki. This is a proposed social enterprise and open source coding project.
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* Read on below and '''be sure to join''' our [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly online working group.]
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* [http://e-democracy.org/beneighbors/beneighborsonepager.pdf One page overview (PDF)]. - Updated June 2011
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* [mailto:clift@e-democracy.org Contact Steven Clift] to request more information or to volunteer.
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==BeNeighbors.org==
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The working domain name for this project is BeNeighbors.org (BeNeighbours.org as well).
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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.]
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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.
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==Be Neighbors - Do you want to ...==
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Would you like to build connections with your neighbors?
  
 
* to make your block safer and prevent crime
 
* to make your block safer and prevent crime
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* to connect with other parents nearby organize fun activities for your kids
 
* 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 organize a spontaneous neighborhood block party on an especially nice spring day
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* to prepare your block for emergencies and disasters
 
* to do any of the scores of [[block activities]] we've identified
 
* to do any of the scores of [[block activities]] we've identified
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* and find connections to community solutions and online groups in your broader area
  
Neighbor.be is a simple idea - use online tools to connect people to their nearest neighbors.  
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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 ==
 
== How it might work ==
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This experience is simple:
 
This experience is simple:
  
1. Sign-up - Including your full street address.
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1. '''Sign-up''' - Including your full street address.
  
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
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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 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.
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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. 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.
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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. Neighbor.be seeks to introduce you to broader public life with you at the center.
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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.
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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.''
  
 
==Get Involved ==
 
==Get Involved ==
  
This effort is an experimental part of E-Democracy.org's [[Participation 3.0]] [[Inclusive Social Media]] initiative.
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This effort is an experimental part of E-Democracy.org's [[Participation 3.0]] [[Inclusive Social Media]] initiative. It was launched at the [[Hackathon|Minnesota Civic Hackathon]] on Dec. 12, 2009. Many code-a-thons later the effort continues.  
  
 
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly Neighborly Online Group] - Join the two-way exchange among developers.
 
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/neighborly Neighborly Online Group] - Join the two-way exchange among developers.
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* [http://www.instantpresenter.com/AccountManager/Regev.aspx?PIID=EF58DD8882 Register to watch our input webinar on-demand.]
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* [[Neighbor.be specification]] - Drafting
 
* [http://github.com/ianb/neighborly Neighborly on GitHub] - where the technical development is happening
 
* [http://github.com/ianb/neighborly Neighborly on GitHub] - where the technical development is happening
 
* [[Block activities]] - things people have done somewhere with their neighbors
 
* [[Block activities]] - things people have done somewhere with their neighbors
 
* [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8WKCFRM Neighborly Input Survey/Beta Tester Sign-up]
 
* [http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8WKCFRM Neighborly Input Survey/Beta Tester Sign-up]
* [http://generalapp.newschallenge.org/SNC/ViewItem.aspx?pguid=6aee8166-fb7c-4a2e-8581-fa6f6ff036dd&itemguid=d08e74f3-0817-416f-a482-518fc9bf10fc Related Knight News Challenge Submission] - Imagining our volunteer driven idea as a funded initiative
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* [[Knight News Challenge Neighborly Submission]] - Imagining our volunteer driven idea as a funded initiative
  
 
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A bit of fun ...
 
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== Draft Specification ==
 
 
A [http://generalapp.newschallenge.org/SNC/ViewItem.aspx?pguid=6aee8166-fb7c-4a2e-8581-fa6f6ff036dd&itemguid=d08e74f3-0817-416f-a482-518fc9bf10fc proposal was submitted] into the Knight News Challenge which made it into round two. We used our wiki to draft our submission - [[Knight News Challenge Neighborly Submission]] - the proposal emphasized some of the more "news sharing" related aspects of the idea per the contests scope.''''
 
 
* Summary
 
** You enter your name and address. You share information and links (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blog) about yourself with your nearest neighbors. You select the number of nearest neighbors in our system for a reciprocal connection (default 100). You may dynamically exchange announcements and discussions semi-privately (not in Google) with those in your dynamic "neighbors directory." Participants will receive a customizable e-mail digest of neighbor posts as well as posts from related "public" neighborhood/community Issues Forums, and other local aggregated content.
 
 
* Purpose
 
** Help people be neighborly.
 
 
* Goals
 
** Connect people online to the nearest neighbors they know and those they do not yet know.
 
** Help neighbors communicate quickly and easily as a group.
 
** Help neighbors organize:
 
*** toy and/or tool sharing
 
*** block parties,
 
*** crime watch,
 
*** reuse - free stuff (re-using furniture/appliances that would otherwise be thrown out),
 
*** activities for youth
 
*** help neighbors in need
 
*** meet new neighbors
 
*** share birth, death, and other major announcements
 
** Support block leaders in their communication with as many neighbors as possible.
 
** Help neighbors collectively monitor hyper-local news, information, and government data sources.
 
** Develop a business model that ensures the sustainability of the network.
 
 
 
* Principles
 
** Build trust among participants through real names and familiarity.
 
** Promote self-governance and accountability for actions online.
 
** Respect participants desire to be part of community public life while not being overexposed online when interacting with their nearest neighbors.
 
** Clearly demonstrate reciprocity and promote awareness of online safety particularly as it relates to those physically near each other.
 
** Open source, volunteer-engaged, non-profit, and creative commons connected to the greatest extent possible.
 
 
* Online Experience Outline - Speculative
 
** Coming soon.
 
''Stay tuned.'' For now read the rough [[neighborly query]] from mid-2009 outlining the idea and the [http://generalapp.newschallenge.org/SNC/ViewItem.aspx?pguid=6aee8166-fb7c-4a2e-8581-fa6f6ff036dd&itemguid=d08e74f3-0817-416f-a482-518fc9bf10fc Knight round one submission].
 
  
 
== Data Sources ==
 
== Data Sources ==
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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.
 
 
== Related Links ==
 
* [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/projects Projects Online Group] - General volunteers (including non-programmers) are encouraged to join this all encompassing online group.
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/category/neighborhoodsneighbourhoods Project Blog - Neighborhood-related posts]
 
* [[Inclusive Social Media]] - Details on our "public" level of neighborhood-wide social networking in lower income, highly diverse neighborhoods.
 
* E-Democracy.org's new [[Participation 3.0]] initiative is supporting coordination of the Neighborly effort and will inform our open specification process development.
 
* According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project [http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/18--Social-Isolation-and-New-Technology/Part-3-Network-Diversity-and-Community/2-Are-internet-users-less-likely-to-participate-in-the-local-community.aspx?r=1 about 8 million American adults or 4% of people belong to a neighborhood e-mail lists]. Now that is the beginning of a movement. Combine that with growing interest using blogs, Facebook, and social networking sites like Ning to connect neighbors and you have the beginning of a movement. Let's take it up to 8%, then 20% and higher.
 
* [[Social media in local public life]] - Extensive links to related projects
 
 
== Text to Move ==
 
 
The online service will allow people to define their own "neighbor circle" with 25 to 100 nearest people (in the system so we can serve sparsely populated areas as well as very dense areas alike). People will then be able to exchange private group messages with their nearest neighbors as well as be connected up into broader community and public life through a directory of neighborhood-wide place to interact (including E-Democracy.org's Issues Forum and lots of [[Locals Online]] spaces hosted by others.
 
 
''More''
 
 
Based on each person's community engagement preference each person will have their own circle of neighbors in a simple neighbor directory. Only those whose engagement circles overlap will be able to see each others' information and exchange group messages. The key innovation is that people will select the number of nearest people in the system, NOT actual address points, allowing us to technically serve any area. The challenge will be outreach. In phase two we also envision supporting block leaders in their onli'''ne communication with''' bounded areas.
 
 
Ideally, this semi-private tier of communication will connect into E-Democracy.org's very public neighborhood/community-wide [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forums] and other [http://e-democracy.org/locals neighborhood e-mail lists and social networks].
 

Latest revision as of 16:23, 12 March 2014


GO HERE - http://beneighbors.org


ARCHIVED CONTENT BELOW

UPDATE 2 - Join our original Neighborly Online Working Group to get involved open source efforts to connect neighbors online.

UPDATE - Use of the "BeNeighbors.org" domain is now being leveraged as part of E-Democracy.org's Inclusive Community Engagement Online initiative. The domain will be used to promote all sorts of neighbor to neighbor connecting services starting with those in St. Paul and Minneapolis before extending elsewhere. The domain may also be used for electronic block club experiments. Ideas from the original Neighborly/BeNeighbors idea are being integrated into our existing neighborhood-level Issues Forum work and future experiments.

Instead of launching something new with private neighbor networking at the center for dozens of people (something about a dozen new .coms jumped into since we shared our non-profit idea) we are furthering our existing very "public" neighborhood/community-wide network serving areas of 10,000 or so reaching 20% of households in some places.

ORIGINAL TEXT:


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

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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