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While E-Democracy.org has extensive advice on how to Start A Forum and a collection of Forum Manager Resources the self-help available can be overwhelming. With over 10 all volunteer neighborhood and community Issues Forums in the start-up pipeline, this a special place to help you get started.

Background

  1. A "neighbors" forum is the most local version of our Issues Forum model. It combined broadly inclusive "community life" exchange with civic engagement around very local public issues. While our big city forums have more members, as percentage of households we are talking 10 times the participation rate from less than 1% to 10% (and growing) of households.
  2. Forums do not launch themselves. Build it they will come doesn't work.
  3. The shared technology platform is the easy part and we provide assistance.
  4. If you volunteer to lead a forum, it is free to host a forum with us and gain access to our dynamic peer to peer support network. We do hope your participants will donate and we will experiment with forum sponsorship someday.
  5. We do accept funding to help a community get going. A community foundation or major donor might step in for example to speed things up.

How To

  1. Tell us you are interested in starting a forum: team@e-democracy.org
    • Neighborhood and City
    • Your contact information
    • Where you have a connection with the neighborhood association in the area (not required, but helpful)
  1. We technically set-up your forum and provide you access to it.
  2. Adapt this text as your placeholder description on your home page (very important step):
 

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