Join the Neighbours Forum for your area for post-earthquake community recovery and community life discussion.
Neighbours Forums connect people online to real world local community life. To assist post-earthquake community recovery, a volunteer-led network of forums covering Christchurch is being established. Project details are below or read our participant FAQ.
We use real names to build neighbourly trust and promote useful, civil exchange.
Participate via e-mail or the web. Facebook Page and Twitter options will be turned on when a forum opens with 25 to 50 founding members.
Select the forum most relevant to you, then click "Join the Forum" to register:
- Banks Peninsula
- Christchurch Central
- Lyttelton and Bays
- New Brighton
- St. Albans
If you have any trouble joining, we will add you manually, simply e-mail your full name and desired forum to: email@example.com
- Canterbury Issues Forum - Since 2007, a place for more political policy discussions, also run by local volunteers on E-Democracy.org
- More Christchurch local online communities - Local "placeblogs," e-lists, forums, Facebook pages and other two-way discussions
Project Information and Links
Neighbour Forums are the most local version of our public forums. The largest, with over 500 members each, engage over 15% of households in their area daily. Unlike most Facebook Pages, our multi-channel technology approach breaks through with everyday people by creating a vibrant neighbour-power exchange.
When it comes to effective outreach, we have special experience with inclusion efforts (we support paper sign-up forms for example) focused on lower income, highly diverse populations. We broadly share our 17+ years of non-profit online community building lessons via our blog, guides, and behind the scenes global volunteer support networks.
To volunteer with this effort, join our ChCh-Team online working group.
Opening forums "for" neighbourhoods, even with local regional volunteers, is a break from our normal one forum at a time approach. The urgency involved and opportunity to contribute value in a timely manner is prompting this intensive effort. We don't know which forums will gain traction, but with your help we can create a vital exchange that helps people go beyond consuming the one-way flood of information from official sources. Forums that open (with 50 people or fewer instead of our usual 100) will need to fill the local volunteer forum manager role within one year.
- Christchurch Neighbours project notes
- Neighbours.cc Partners - We will be seeking them and giving online credits
- Christchurch earthquake response resources