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Welcome to the BeNeighbors.org development wiki. Originally code-named "Neighborly," this is a proposed social enterprise and open source coding project. It was launched at the Minnesota Civic Hackathon on Dec. 12, 2009. Many code-a-thons later the effort continues.


The working domain name for this project is BeNeighors.org (BeNeighbours.org). We also own Neighbor.be and NeighborCircle.com.

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 up to 15% of households in some areas. BeNeighbors.org will be the dynamic block-level private online group exchange among nearest neighbors that complements and by design helps support, even fund traditional public online engagement hosted by us and our friends in the Locals Online field.

Are you neighborly?

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 do any of the scores of block activities we've identified
  • and find geographically relevant information and connections to online community groups in your broader area

BeNeighbors.org is a simple idea - use online tools to connect people to their nearest neighbors.

How it might work

This experience is simple:

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 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.

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.

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.

Get Involved

This effort is an experimental part of E-Democracy.org's Participation 3.0 Inclusive Social Media initiative.

A bit of fun ...

Draft Specification

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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