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This page is '''''archived.''''' It contains useful information, but is no longer being updated. See our project [http://e-democracy.org/evaluation evaluation] and our [http://e-democracy.org/inclusion Inclusion section] for updates on new programming in this area.
  
Inclusive Social Media - In 2010 we are deepening our [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] start-up efforts in the lower income, high immigrant [http://e-democracy.org/cr Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis] and the [http://e-democracy.org/frogtown Greater Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.]  Our overall [[neighbors forums]] network is growing and these efforts were recently [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/03/01/e-democracy-neighborhood-forums featured in the news.]
 
  
These forums serve the kinds of neighborhoods are the least likely to have [[social media in local public life | local community building efforts that use social media]] while wealthier, more homogeneous areas are benefiting from a mix of neighborhood e-mail lists, blogs, Ning sites, and Facebook Groups.
 
  
From gathering lessons on effective community outreach (we do extensive in-person outreach) to building content and forum participant engagement that reflects the diversity of those successfully recruited, this work is being watched. This 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?  
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'''''For the latest news and extensive resources, see the list of over a dozen blog posts and presentations below.'''''
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== Introduction ==
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With Ford Foundation support 2010-11, we are deepening our [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Starting_a_neighbors_forum start-up efforts] starting in the lower income, high immigrant [http://e-democracy.org/cr Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis] and the [http://e-democracy.org/frogtown Greater Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.] 
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Support from the St. Paul Foundation in 2010 assisted the launch of a new forum on [http://e-democracy.org/eastside St. Paul's Eastside]. In 2011, with Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Fund support, [http://e-democracy.org/phillips Phillips] and [http://e-democracy.org/poho Powderhorn] gained special inclusive outreach assistance. The Knight Foundation's donor advised fund at the St. Paul Foundation is supporting additional [http://tcneighbors.org St. Paul-wide outreach covering most of the city] but in particular helping us extend special outreach to the [http://e-democracy.org/westside West Side], [http://e-democracy.org/su Summit-U Rondo], and the [http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/stpaul-northend North End].
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Our overall [[neighbors forums]] network is growing and these efforts are gaining [http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/news/2010/03/01/e-democracy-neighborhood-forums attention in the news.]
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These forums serve the kinds of neighborhoods are the [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/858 least likely] to have [[social media in local public life | local community building efforts that use social media]] while wealthier, more homogeneous areas are benefiting from a mix of neighborhood e-mail lists, blogs, Ning sites, and Facebook Groups.
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From gathering lessons on effective community outreach (we do extensive [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/639 in-person outreach]) to building content and forum participant engagement that reflects the diversity of those successfully recruited, this work is being watched. This seems to be a nut that no one has cracked. What good is online engagement if it just empowers those communities that need the least relative help while completely passing over those diverse/lower income areas that could benefit the most?  
  
 
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Our [[Community Outreach and Information Leaders]] (up to 7 hours a week) are working to both increase the number of participants but to also lead aggressive [[information seeking]] and discussion seeding that brings out the diverse of the community in the dialogue and exchange. We will also seek an academic partner to develop a case study and help evaluate this ongoing work.
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Our part-time [[Diverse Community Outreach Leaders]] lead recruitment efforts and our content-oriented [[Community Outreach and Information Leaders]] lead [[information seeking]] and discussion seeding that brings out the diversity of the community in the dialogue and exchange. We are also working to evaluate and document this ongoing work for broad sharing.
  
We are also seeking to confirm potential funding to include our Native American majority rural Minnesota [http://e-democracy.org/cl Cass Lake Leech Lake] community Issues Forum in this enhanced effort. Our volunteer-based [http://forums.e-democracy.org 25+ forum network] will also continue and benefit from efforts to increase the diversity of new voices.
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With 2011 funding just secured from the Blandin Foundation, we are expanding efforts to include our Native American majority rural Minnesota [http://e-democracy.org/cl Cass Lake Leech Lake] community Issues Forum in this enhanced effort. Our volunteer-based [http://forums.e-democracy.org 35+ forum network] continues and will also benefit from efforts to increase the diversity of new voices.
  
 
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This work will build on our [[Neighborhood Forums]], [[Rural Voices]] and general [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] work as well as our exploratory [[Neighborly]] effort to build a tool that helps connect you with your nearest neighbors online via electronic block clubs of sorts (for all kinds of [[block activities]].
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This work is built on our past [[Neighborhood Forums]] and [[Rural Voices]] grants and ongoing [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum] work. It is informing our exploratory [[Neighborly]] effort to build a tool that helps connect you with your nearest neighbors online via electronic block clubs of sorts (for all kinds of [[block activities]]).
  
== Background ==
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We will seek project input and share lessons via the new [http://e-democracy.org/di Digital Inclusion Network] and [[Locals Online]] that we are hosting as part of the [[Participation 3.0]] initiative.
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== Background - Details from our Blog ==
  
 
For further background on this evolving work, see the following blog posts on our [http://blog.e-democracy.org project blog]:
 
For further background on this evolving work, see the following blog posts on our [http://blog.e-democracy.org project blog]:
  
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* Drafting - [https://docs.google.com/a/e-democracy.org/document/d/1gWVoZphrjaxTBFgQTD5oxopDuMshKGlf3P7UGGHhMTM/edit?hl=en_US Why Digital Inclusion for Community Voices?] - Extensive numbers as we prepare 2012 expansion proposals
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1260 Empowering Diverse Community Voices One Person at a Time – Our Exciting Team, Trust]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1215 Neighbors Forums Presentation – Let the Summer of Outreach Begin]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1197 Diverse Community Outreach Leaders – We’re Hiring]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1128 Frogtown Outreach Lessons 3 – Trust, Usability, Diversity, Potential]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/960 Frogtown Outreach Lessons 2]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/1061 Dramatic Response to Crime in Powderhorn] - Special outreach in [http://e-democracy.org/poho Powderhorn] and in [http://e-democracy.org/phillips Phillips] launching in 2011]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/934 Cedar Riverside Outreach Lessons 1]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/845 Using Technology to Build Community Webinar] and [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/944 Local Matters Presentation]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/858 National Neighbors Online Statistics]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/769 Frogtown Outreach Lessons 1]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/719 Neighbor Forums in the News]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/607 Recent Outreach Experiences]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/607 Recent Outreach Experiences]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/412 Frogtown E-Invite and Video in Hmong]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/412 Frogtown E-Invite and Video in Hmong]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/372 Frogtown Outreach Details]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/372 Frogtown Outreach Details]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/172 Cedar Riverside Outreach and E-Invite]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/172 Cedar Riverside Outreach and E-Invite]
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/138 Paper Sign-up Forms Lesson]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/138 Paper Sign-up Forms Lesson] - [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Print_materials More outreach materials]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/509 Cass Lake Participant Video] - Connecting across diversity
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/509 Cass Lake Participant Video] - Connecting across diversity
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/536 Forum Manager Interviews]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/536 Forum Manager Interviews]
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* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/189 Cass Lake Finds its Voice Online]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/189 Cass Lake Finds its Voice Online]
  
'''Resources'''
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==Resources==
  
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* [[Print materials]] - Including our [http://e-democracy.org/if/print/edemnfbrochure.pdf Brochure], [http://e-democracy.org/if/print/poster-nfgeneral.pdf Poster], [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Print_materials More]
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* [[Example discussions]] - Notable topics displaying the power and usefulness of the forums
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* [[Starting a neighbors forum]]
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* [[Issues Forums for participants]] - Drafting
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* [[Issues Forums for organizers]] - Drafting
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* [[Issues Forums for elected officials]] - Drafted for review
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* [[Issues Forums for organizations]] - Drafting
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* '''Updating from [[Participants guide]]:'''
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* [[How to join an Issues Forum]] - Drafting
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/639 Local Recruitment Tools - Paper Sign-up Sheet and Poster Templates]
 
* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/639 Local Recruitment Tools - Paper Sign-up Sheet and Poster Templates]
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* [http://www.vitalizing-democracy.org/discoursemachine.php?page=detail&id_item=647&detail_layout_field=itemtype_layoutmisc4&menucontext=4 Vitalizing Democracy Award Application]
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This page is archived. It contains useful information, but is no longer being updated. See our project evaluation and our Inclusion section for updates on new programming in this area.


For the latest news and extensive resources, see the list of over a dozen blog posts and presentations below.

Introduction

111023%20UNESCO%20Photo%20Collage-5.png

With Ford Foundation support 2010-11, we are deepening our Issues Forum start-up efforts starting in the lower income, high immigrant Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis and the Greater Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul.

Support from the St. Paul Foundation in 2010 assisted the launch of a new forum on St. Paul's Eastside. In 2011, with Minneapolis Digital Inclusion Fund support, Phillips and Powderhorn gained special inclusive outreach assistance. The Knight Foundation's donor advised fund at the St. Paul Foundation is supporting additional St. Paul-wide outreach covering most of the city but in particular helping us extend special outreach to the West Side, Summit-U Rondo, and the North End.

Our overall neighbors forums network is growing and these efforts are gaining attention in the news.

These forums serve the kinds of neighborhoods are the least likely to have local community building efforts that use social media while wealthier, more homogeneous areas are benefiting from a mix of neighborhood e-mail lists, blogs, Ning sites, and Facebook Groups.

From gathering lessons on effective community outreach (we do extensive in-person outreach) to building content and forum participant engagement that reflects the diversity of those successfully recruited, this work is being watched. This seems to be a nut that no one has cracked. What good is online engagement if it just empowers those communities that need the least relative help while completely passing over those diverse/lower income areas that could benefit the most?

frogtownneighbors.jpg

Our part-time Diverse Community Outreach Leaders lead recruitment efforts and our content-oriented Community Outreach and Information Leaders lead information seeking and discussion seeding that brings out the diversity of the community in the dialogue and exchange. We are also working to evaluate and document this ongoing work for broad sharing.

With 2011 funding just secured from the Blandin Foundation, we are expanding efforts to include our Native American majority rural Minnesota Cass Lake Leech Lake community Issues Forum in this enhanced effort. Our volunteer-based 35+ forum network continues and will also benefit from efforts to increase the diversity of new voices.

cassleechmap.jpg

This work is built on our past Neighborhood Forums and Rural Voices grants and ongoing Issues Forum work. It is informing our exploratory Neighborly effort to build a tool that helps connect you with your nearest neighbors online via electronic block clubs of sorts (for all kinds of block activities).

We will seek project input and share lessons via the new Digital Inclusion Network and Locals Online that we are hosting as part of the Participation 3.0 initiative.

cedarriverside-photomulad.jpg

Background - Details from our Blog

For further background on this evolving work, see the following blog posts on our project blog:

Resources


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