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|−|'''So you want to start a Local Issues Forum in Your Community!''' |+|
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|−|Here is a step by step process designed to walk you through the steps of organizing an online Local Issues Forum . This process assumes that you will be hosting your Local Issues Forum on [http:// forums.e-democracy.org our site] , however you can use this process even if you plan to host your forum elsewhere. |+|
to of Forum will be your [http://.e-democracy.org] .
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|−|Here are a couple of things to think about, before you get started: |+|
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|−|# Before launching a local Issues Forum with E- Democracy. Org, you ought to make sure that you know what you are getting yourself into. Please, take a look at the following resources:<br><br> |+|
|−|#* [http://e-democracy.org/ if/ Start an Issues Forum in 10 Steps] |+|
to . , a [http://e-democracy.org/]
|−|#* [http:// blog.e-democracy.org/ posts/ 87 Interview with Steven Clift] - Video (approx. 6 minutes.) <br><br> |+|
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|−|# [ [Why Host]] at E- Democracy. Org<br><br> |+|
|−|# [[Terms of Hosting] ] your forum on E-Democracy. Org<br><br> |+|
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|−|# This is the "wiki" ([http://en. wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki What is a Wiki]) portion of our web site. Please, make sure you have an account. ''Go to the "Log in/Create Account" link in the upper right hand corner of this screen. We just need your name and email address to set up an account. ''<br><br> |+|
Adopt a worksheet below, entering the name of your community next to it, to indicate that it is taken. <br><br> Edit your new worksheet as you see fit, as you work your way through the process of launching a local Issues Forum. <br><br>NOTE: '''This will be a public page .''' In initiating your planning process this way, any work you create on this site will be available to anyone. <br><br> |+|
* [ [Start A Forum - 0001]] - Demonstration<br><br>'''Available Worksheets: '''<br><br> |+|
|−|#* [[Start A Forum - 0008]] - Cass Lake Leech Lake, Minnesota |+|
to the .
|−|#* [[Start A Forum - 0009] ] - ( Enter Your Community Name Here) |+|
your to .
|−|#* [[ Start A Forum - 0010]] - ( Enter Your Community Name Here) <br><br>'''In Progress:'''<br><br> |+|
|−|#* [[Start A Forum - 0006]] - Powderhorn Neighborhood, Minneapolis |+|
|−|#* [[ Start A Forum - 0003]] - Brislington |+|
|−|#* [ [Start A Forum - 0005]] - Greater Chicagoland, Illinois<br><br>'''Complete: '''<br><br> |+|
# the to the page will to .
|−|#* [[Start A Forum - 0002] ] - Oxford - Central, South, and West |+|
# [:-Forum ] ()
|−|#* [[Start A Forum - 0004]] - Headington and Marston |+|
|−|#* [ [Start A Forum - 0007]] - Las Vegas, New Mexico<br><br> |+|
|−|# If you need help with any part of this process, please [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org CONTACT US]. |+|
Step 2. Configure your forum home page and charter
By adapting this text as your placeholder description for your About info tab on your home page (example):
The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.
Step 3. Continued outreach
New members can be added in one of two ways.
Once you've reached 100 members, you're ready to publicly launch your forum! Opening with a friendly round of introductions (before opening to everyday postings) sets a positive tone.