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Back to: [http://e-democracy.org/if Issues Forum Resources]
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So you've got at least 25 new members and your forum is ready to set up!
  
==Intro==
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== Next Steps ==
  
'''So you want to start a Local Issues Forum in Your Community!'''
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Step 1. Submit your spreadsheet ([https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtkNsX36XQLDdFBLN01teU5ydlBqTXdxdF9MX3FUSXc&usp=sharing Google Doc sample])
  
Here is a step by step process designed to walk you through the steps of organizing an online Local Issues Forum in your community or neighborhood/neighbourhood. This process assumes that you will be hosting your forum on [http://forums.e-democracy.org our site], however you can use this process even if you plan to host your forum elsewhere.
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By emailing it as an attachment to [mailto:signups@e-democracy.org signups@e-democracy.org] with a clear indication of who your Forum Manager will be and their contact information. We will get back to you and/or your [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Forum_manager_job_description Forum Manager] with the home page and log-in instructions.<br>
  
Here are a couple of things to think about, before you get started:
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Step 2. Configure your forum home page and charter
  
# 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>
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By adapting this text as your placeholder description for your About info tab on your home page ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/example example]):
#* [http://e-democracy.org/if/start.html Start an Issues Forum in 10 Steps] - Also see the short [[Starting a neighbors forum]]
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* Join your neighbors now! The PLACE HERE Neighbors Forum is the place to share announcements and discuss community issues and life specific to our area. While an independent forum, it is conceived as a friendly complement to our neighborhood association. The forum will open for introductions with 100 members. To get a sense of what this space can be check out this [http://e-democracy.org/se example open forum].
#* [http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/87 Video Interview on Issues Forum] - 6 minutes
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* We do have a longer "charter" that you can craft ([http://forums.e-democracy.org/groups/mpls-staneric/charter example]) that sits a top our our universal [http://e-democracy.org/rules civility rules]. Don't worry about this for now.
#* Optional - Download and print relevant sections from our [[Issues Forum Guide]].
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#* Optional - Review our [[Inclusive Social Media]] work in lower income, highly diverse neighborhoods. We provide special digital inclusion coaching and assistance to such areas.<br><br>
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# [[Why Host]] at E-Democracy.Org<br><br>
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# [[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 [http://pages.e-democracy.org/index.php?title=Special:UserLogin&type=signup&returnto=Start_A_Forum 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>
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# Adopt a worksheet below, entering the name of your community next to it, to indicate that it is taken. 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>
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# As you move from start-up to opening, see our [[Forum manager resources]].
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==Templates==
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The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.
  
* [[Start A Forum - 0001]] - Demonstration
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Step 3. Continued outreach
  
'''Available Worksheets:'''
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* Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to distribute widely.
* [[Start A Forum - 0014]] - (Enter Your Community Name Here)
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* Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.
* [[Start A Forum - 0015]] - (Enter Your Community Name Here)
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'''In Progress:'''
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New members can be added in one of two ways.
* [[Start A Forum - 0013]] - Westborough, Massachusetts
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* [[Start A Forum - 0012]] - Cedar Riverside, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0010]] - Bemidji, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0011]] - Cook County, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0009]] - Highland Park, St. Paul, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0006]] - Powderhorn Neighborhood, Minneapolis
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* [[Start A Forum - 0005]] - Greater Chicagoland, Illinois
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Part way done? Are you looking for your [[Charter Worksheets|Charter template]].
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#  Provide the link to the forum home page where they will have the option to join directly.
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#  Ask your initial base to send the contact information of people who want to join to your [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Forum_manager_job_description Forum Manager] (that may or may not be you) who can add them directly.
  
'''Complete:'''
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Once you've reached 100 members, you're ready to publicly launch your forum! Opening with a friendly round of [[Starting introductions|introductions]] (before opening to everyday postings) sets a positive tone.
* [[Start A Forum - 0003]] - Brislington
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* [[Start A Forum - 0008]] - Cass Lake Leech Lake, Minnesota
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* [[Start A Forum - 0002]] - Oxford - Central, South, and West
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* [[Start A Forum - 0004]] - Oxford - Headington and Marston
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* [[Start A Forum - 0007]] - Las Vegas, New Mexico<br><br>
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* If you need help with any part of this process, please [mailto:support@e-democracy.org CONTACT US].
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{{Forum Managers}}
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See our [[Forum manager resources]] to help you run your forum.
{{E-Democracy.Org}}
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Return to [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Starting_a_neighbors_forum Starting a neighbors forum]
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Archived [http://pages.e-democracy.org/Archived_Start_A_Forum Start A Forum] advice.

Latest revision as of 09:54, 22 March 2013

So you've got at least 25 new members and your forum is ready to set up!

Next Steps

Step 1. Submit your spreadsheet (Google Doc sample)

By emailing it as an attachment to signups@e-democracy.org with a clear indication of who your Forum Manager will be and their contact information. We will get back to you and/or your Forum Manager with the home page and log-in instructions.

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):

  • Join your neighbors now! The PLACE HERE Neighbors Forum is the place to share announcements and discuss community issues and life specific to our area. While an independent forum, it is conceived as a friendly complement to our neighborhood association. The forum will open for introductions with 100 members. To get a sense of what this space can be check out this example open forum.
  • We do have a longer "charter" that you can craft (example) that sits a top our our universal civility rules. Don't worry about this for now.

The technology is the easy part. Outreach is what really makes or breaks opening a new forum.

Step 3. Continued outreach

  • Introduce yourself to the forum and provide a sample invitation for initial members to distribute widely.
  • Collaborate with your initial base to build membership.

New members can be added in one of two ways.

  1. Provide the link to the forum home page where they will have the option to join directly.
  2. Ask your initial base to send the contact information of people who want to join to your Forum Manager (that may or may not be you) who can add them directly.

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.

See our Forum manager resources to help you run your forum.

Return to Starting a neighbors forum

Archived Start A Forum advice.

 

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