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This is a "real-time" working page to define the rapid creation of neighbour online forums across Christchurch to promote post-earthquake community recovery.

Today, Neighbours Forums mix e-mail, the web, Facebook, and Twitter to reach a critical mass of local people. Multi-channel approaches are required to prevent exclusion.

Proposed Neighbours Forums

There appears to be an urgent need for neighbor to neighbor two-way communication across Christchurch that complements the one-way information alerts available.

By Tuesday, March 1 we will determine:

  • 1. How many forums to open and their coverage areas.
  • 2. Whether there is the volunteer capacity to make this work.

In addition to our five years experience with the Canterbury regional forum, has extensive experience with public neighbourhood level forums in the UK and Minnesota in the U.S.. Forums at this hyper-local level are in the works for 3 areas in Auckland.

There is no one size fits all rule to neighbor forums, but in general they work best when defined by a sense of community identity. They enhance community engagement when they are tied to (or within) community boards and elected councillor districts when possible. Sometimes these political boundaries run in the opposite direction of on the street senses of identity, school zones, and marketplace patterns. Our neighbour forums tend to work best when they serve areas with 5,000 to 20,000 in population. Some of our forums with roughly 5,000 households have attracted over 15% of households with engagement everyday.

Drafting Geographic Scope

This is our starting list - 8-16 based on the Christchurch community boards with one or two forums per community board.

Each forum needs a simple name like "Papanui Neighbours Forum" and a sentence that lists all the major places people need to know to figure out is the forum coverage area is their best fit.

  • Which potential forums should be merged?
  • Which neighbourhoods not listed (like Avonhead, Saint Albans, New Brighton, Sydenham, Linwood, Marshland etc. ... these are names on Google Maps and the map that are not in the names of community boards) with strong identities split by community board boundaries really need their own forum?
  • Which area do YOU want to make happen as the leader?

This is a "wiki" - just press edit to make changes.

  • Akaroa - Add your name, e-mail here to volunteer as the forum start-up leader
  • Wairewa
  • Burwood
  • Pegasus
  • Fendalton
  • Waimairi
  • Hagley
  • Ferrymead
  • Lyttelton-Mt Herbert
  • Riccarton
  • Wigram
  • Spreydon
  • Heathcote
  • Shirley
  • Papanui

Also, proposing:

  • Central Christchurch

Other maps and resources to help ID boundaries/centres of forums: Christchurch real estate areas, Wikipedia on area geography, map, placenames on bus map, placenames on Google Maps, population density, library locations, add more here.

Existing Neighbourhood Places Online

If you know of Facebook Pages, e-mail lists, social networks, place blogs, etc. with critical mass participation covering small areas within Christchurch, please list them here.

Regional Quake Response Online Networking and Resources

There is no shortage of regional information resources and Facebook Pages responding to the quake. We will use these networking to recruit hyper-local participation by neighbourhood.


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