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* [[Charter Worksheets | Click here to fill out your charter worksheet]]
* [[Charter Worksheets | Click here to fill out your charter worksheet]]
''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''
Purpose of the Forum
'''The purpose of the Las Vegas, NM Issues Forum is:'''
    * to provide on an open online space for the discussion of issues that matter in our community..
The Goals of Las Vegas, NM Issues Forum are:'''
    * to allow all local concerns a safe place in which to be expressed
    * to increase the voice of citizens in local public policy discussions
    * to connect public officials with local citizens
    * to improve the quality of decision making in our community
Typical Topics
Topics that you might find here to discuss include:
    * Community issues that matter to you -
Economic Development, City budget, natural gas prices, water, preservation of our historic buildings, (We have the most historic buildings in the United States!) Youth facilities and opportunities, animal control issues.
    * Matters being discussed by the local council or local issues that you feel should be addressed by the council or the government.
    * Stories in local newspapers, radio stations or other local media.
Highlighted Rules:
Rules Summary
      1.  Sign Posts - Use your real name.
      2.  Limits on Posting - Two per member per day in most forum charters.
      3.  Keep Topics within Forum Purpose - Local issues on a local forum for example.
      4.  Be Civil - This is a public forum with real people. Respect among citizens with differing views is our cornerstone.
      5.  No Attacks or Threats - This keeps the forums safe. If content is illegal it will be forwarded to the proper legal authorities.
      6.  Private Stays Private - Don't forward private replies without permission.
      7.  Avoid False Rumors - Asking for clarification of what you've heard in the community can be appropriate if issues-based. You alone are responsible for what you post.
      8.  Right to Post and Reply - Sharing your knowledge and opinions with your fellow citizens is a democratic right.
      9.  Items Not Allowed in Forums - No attachments, etc.
      10. Public Content and Use - You are sharing your content, but retain your copyright.
      11. Warnings - You may receive informal or official warnings from the Forum Manager.
      12. Suspension - With your second official warning in one year, you are suspended for two weeks. It goes up from there.
      13. Appeals Process - You can appeal a warning(s) once you receive a third warning and six month removal. About 1 in 1500 forum members each year have appealed a six month removal in past years.
Who Runs This Forum
[[Please, use this section to insert a short description of your steering committee, including references to any organizations that are playing a leading role in organizing the forum.]]
    * The Las Vegas, NM Issues Forum is hosted by volunteers on the Las Vegas E-Democracy committee. E-Democracy.Org is a non- profit, non-partisan citizen-based initiative launched in 2008. Our local steering committees select the volunteer Forum Manager(s) who helps facilitate the forum and administer the rules. You may contact local volunteers and the Forum Manager via their local web comment form.
Create your own charter worksheet, using copy and paste, in the same way that you created this page. Please, feel use or edit text from other existing forums.
''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''
''* Sign here (name and date) when complete''

Revision as of 20:48, 27 December 2007

Back to Start A Forum

Please follow the following steps towards launching your local Issues Forum. Sign (simply enter your name) and date each item as you complete it. This will allow E-Democracy.Org staff to monitor your progress and offer assistance at the appropriate times. It will also allow others to follow along with your successes.

1) Sign on the dotted line!

Enter some basic info here to indicate that you are ready to start the process of launching a local Issues Forum in your community! There is no cost nor obligation to start the process, but please wait until you are really ready before starting. Launching a local Issues Forum will take a significant amount of work:

Las Vegas NM Issues Forum

Bob Wallace

January 1, 2008

(Note: Groups should attempt to launch their forum within 3 months of start)

2) Join our "Liftoff" group

Liftoff is a special online group that we have set up for peer-to-peer support of folks who are launching local Issues Forums. Many of our more experienced volunteers and staff are also on hand in this forum to answer questions and offer words of encouragement.

Bob Wallace - 18 December 2007

3) Identify a steering committee

Identify at least 5 people to serve on your steering committee. Your steering committee should not be a group of people with the same political and organizational affiliations within the community. Try to find a small group of people that:

  • Has some degree of political diversity
  • Includes some racial or gender diversity
  • Is able to set aside their personal agendas to create a non-partisan space fro public discussion

Enter at least five names here (its ok to use first names only):

Bob Betty Julie Erin Bernadette Cordia Dianne

Bob Wallace December 19, 2007

4) Set-up forum for your group to begin organizing

Ask E-Democracy.Org to set up two forums. One will be a closed space where members of your steering committee can communicate about the management of the forum. The second will be the forum itself. Initially, the forum itself will be closed to any traffic - but available for members of the community to JOIN. (Contact Us Here)

Bob Wallace December 19, 2007

5) Have a face to face meeting

It would be best if your steering committee could meet together at least once, before launch (a conference call is an option). This gives you the opportunity to discuss the charter and make sure that the group has a common understanding of what you hope to accomplish with the forum. Its also a good time to decide who will be the forum manager and to discuss expectations and how other members of the Steering Committee might be able to support the forum manager. Check to see if an E-Democracy.Org representative from your region is available to attend this meeting. Contact Us.

  • Pick a date and time MeetingWizard.Com
  • Select a location (we recommend a relaxed atmosphere and easy to access location, like a community coffee shop)
  • Sample Agenda
    1. Select a Chair Person for the steering comittee. Best if it is someone other than the Forum Manager.
    2. Draft Charter (see next item on checklist)
    3. Select a Forum Manager
    4. Decide how often the steering committee will meet (at least twice a year). Set dates, times, and locations for the next couple of meetings.
    5. Discuss kick-off event
    6. Training (contact E-Democracy.Org about scheduling an Issues Forum training for your steering committee, either at this meeting or another date/time.)

* Sign here (name and date) when complete

6) Complete charter worksheet

Create your own charter worksheet, using copy and paste, in the same way that you created this page. Please, feel use or edit text from other existing forums.

* Sign here (name and date) when complete

7) Identify a forum manager

Some resources.

.....Forum Manager: {Insert name here}

* Sign here (name and date) when complete

8) Recruit at least 100 participants

To Do: (move to "Done" as completed)

  • Create a sign up sheet (see template - when available)
  • Invite local elected officials (add sample email)
  • Invite local government staff (add sample email)
  • Invite local reporters (print, video, and internet) (add sample email)
  • Invite local community organizers (add sample email)
  • Send invitation to other online groups with community focus
  • Identify at least one community event to attend and pass out sign up sheet


  • Move items from "To Do" list to here as they are completed.

* Sign here (name and date) when complete

9) Organize a Kick-Off Event

You can make this as simple or elaborate as you like. Anything from a "happy hour" at local gathering place or party at someones home, to a more structured event with rented room and scheduled presentations.

* Sign here (name and date) when complete

10) Launch Forum

* Sign here (name and date) when complete


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