Diverse Communities Issues Forums
Back to Participation 3.0
Inclusive Social Media - Over the next 15 months we will deepen our Issues Forum start-up efforts in the lower income, high immigrant Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis and the Greater Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.
These forums serve the kinds of neighborhoods that appear to least likely to have local community building efforts that use social media while around the nation, wealthier, more homogeneous areas are benefiting from a mix of neighborhood e-mail lists, blogs, Ning sites, or Facebook Groups. From gathering lessons on effective community outreach (working pretty well) to our newly identified priority of building content and forum engagement that reflects the diversity of those successfully recruited, this work is being watched around the world because it seems to be a nut that no one has cracked. What good is online engagement if it simply helps those communities that need the least relative help while completely passing over those diverse/lower income areas that could benefit the most.
We are also seeking funding to include our Native American majority rural Minnesota Cass Lake Leech Lake community Issues Forum is this enhanced effort. Emerging lessons are well documented on our project blog.