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Revision as of 19:35, 28 February 2011 by Admin (Talk | contribs) (Proposed Neighbours Forums)

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

There is an urgent need for public neighbour to neighbour two-way communication opportunities across Christchurch that complement the many broadcast information Christchurch earthquake response resources available.

Neighbours Forums mix e-mail, the web, Facebook, and Twitter to uniquely reach a critical mass of local people. Multi-channel approaches are far more inclusive and leave fewer people out. E-Democracy.org hosts neighbourhood-level "Issues Forums" in the UK and Minnesota in the U.S.. Forums at this hyper-local level are currently in the works for 3 areas in Auckland.

Proposed Neighbours Forums

At our Feb. 28 meeting, it was decided to select community focal points that those nearby would self-identify with and find most compelling to join.

This is our proposed list of 17 Neighbours Forums for your feedback (rough map):

  • Banks Peninsula
  • Lyttelton and Bays
  • Sumner and Mt. Pleasant
  • Woolston
  • New Brighton
  • Linwood
  • Aranui
  • Burwood
  • Marshland
  • St. Albans
  • Christchurch Central (live there, own a business, work)
  • Sydenham
  • Cashmere
  • Riccarton
  • Avonhead
  • Papanui
  • Belfast

The forum's description will further define the geographic scope along with the interests of the people who join.

If you feel a distinct community that should stand alone (the population should be over 5,000 and ideally at least 10,000) needs a forum and are willing to help start it up, drop us a note: team@e-democracy.org

Know of existing local online spaces that connect Christchurch area neighbors in conversation? Add to the list below. The last thing we want to do is create an new online group that no one joins because they are better served elsewhere.

Existing Neighbourhood Places Online

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

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.

  • List them here ...

Christchurch Neighbours.cc Notes


Team e-mail coming, for now team@e-democracy.org


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