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April 4, 2012

Thanks to generous support from the Knight Foundation, E-Democracy has committed to inclusively reaching 10,000 participants across Saint Paul on our online neighborhood forums over the next three years (for more information, visit: http://e-democracy.org/inclusion

We are committed to intentionally serving our whole community, and are combining strong partnerships with on-the-ground outreach to invite those who wouldn’t otherwise find out about these neighborhood forums. In the latest census Saint Paul reached 44% people of color as are 75% of our community’s children in the St. Paul Public Schools. Our goal is to leverage existing community networks and create new avenues to bring full representation to our online neighborhood forums.

To facilitate and help guide this outreach, we are creating an Outreach Advisory Group to serve as process stewards, share best practices, and be a sounding board. Please see the description and responsibilities below.

We would welcome your application. We also ask you to forward this to invitation to others or to nominate excellent candidates. To apply, email Outreach Coordinator corrine.bruning@e-democracy.org by Wednesday, April 25 and respond to the three questions below. You may also include other information (background, resume, etc.) if you wish.

  • Why you are interested in serving on the Outreach Advisory Group?
  • How are you connected to cultural and/or community organizations? And/or Saint Paul neighborhoods? Be it through District Councils or other organizations active in local parts of St. Paul.
  • What desired goals and responsibilities as outlined in the attached Outreach Advisory Group Description document (below) interest you most? Please be specific if you can.

Thank you!

To learn more about E-Democracy, please visit, E-Democracy.org, and click on “About”. To learn more about the grant funded work, see: http://e-democracy.org/inclusion


Outreach Advisory Group Description Document

The Charge

The Outreach Advisory Group provides advice to E-Democracy through the Outreach Coordinator to help us do our outreach in a mindful and flexible way. Because of our commitment to include more people of color and those with lower incomes in our neighborhood forums, Outreach Advisory Group members believe in digital inclusion and will help us create fundamentally inclusive online forums that encourage authentic participation across all communities.

Desired Characteristics/Priorities

  • Understands and supports the efforts of E-Democracy, digital inclusion, and the social justice aspects of our work.
  • Has existing contacts and networks in Saint Paul neighborhoods, especially those with high populations of color and in poverty.
  • Is willing to be a “process steward”: We don’t expect you to speak for any particular community, neighborhood, or group; we recognize you are an information stakeholder in your community and are aware of others who hold vital information that is important to your community.
  • Is willing to make at least a nine-month commitment.
  • Is willing to help build the Outreach Advisory Group over time.

Responsibilities

  • Help E-Democracy identify key stakeholders across Saint Paul communities.
  • Be a sounding board for our outreach efforts and give advice that helps us work more effectively.
  • Help us be as mindful as possible so that we can guide our outreach staff to work respectfully in the community.
  • Help recruit forum members that represent the full spectrum of diversity in our communities.
  • Help identify potential outreach staff, link us to good recruitment spots, help spread the word to identify good candidates, etc.
  • Help us ensure that the successful recruitment of diverse forum participants is bolstered by effective on-forum engagement and cultural/community information sharing that is relevant to those gathered and raises diverse community voices.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Corrine Bruning Outreach Coordinator E-Democracy corrine.bruning@e-democracy.org (612) 229-4471

 

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