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christchurchnasa200.jpg Join the Neighbours Forum for your area for post-earthquake community recovery and community life discussion.

Invite your friends and neighbours to join you: http://neighbours.cc (or share via Facebook)

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.

Our global network of high quality local forums all use real names to build neighbourly trust and promote useful, civil exchange. It works.

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:

If you have any trouble joining, we will add you manually, simply e-mail your full name and desired forum to: chch@e-democracy.org

Join the forum that is closest to where you live or own a small business (rough map) or see partner Placerama's map. Based on demand we will open more and consolidate others.

Project details are just below or read our participant FAQ.

Project Information and Links

In addition to the Canterbury Issues Forum, E-Democracy.org volunteers host over 35 "Issues Forums" at the city and neighbourhood level across three countries - the UK, the US, and New Zealand.

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.

Our forums are hosted using the open source GroupServer platform from Christchurch-based OnlineGroups.Net.

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.


Team e-mail: chch@e-democracy.org or use our contact form.


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