"Funny, I just made a comment related to this on the Local innovation: collecting examples of best practice topic.
"Focusing on council-centric approaches versus council supported efforts for the benefit of the broader community is the root of…"
"Glad Hugh opened up the scope. Focusing on council-centric approaches versus council supported efforts for the benefit of the broader community is the root of why "local e-democracy" in the UK has not lived up to its early hype. To me…"
"Actually, it can't be an either blogs or e-mail question.
Or e-mail, forums, blogs, Ning social nets, FB Groups, or Twitter hashtags question.
Whatever your core online public space technology is, it must be accessible via the end-users…"
I've been working to catch up on the emergent and growing interest in the use of social media in local communities in the UK. Some newer efforts have their roots in local e-democracy initiatives and more seem to take their inspiration from community journalism online. Regardless, it is exciting to see.As a Minnesota-based charity with…See More
"Our experience is that no matter the population base you need at least 100 people for the following reasons:
1. Critical mass required in an online space to likely have someone willing to reply - otherwise the space seems dead
2. Forces you to…"
"If you have resources for outreach - in-person leveraging the events of your partners - and can ID a community volunteer to serve as the Forum Manager, an Issues Forum can be set up quite easily. It doesn't have all the flash of a blog or Ning…"
"Lots of lessons from "bottom-up" Issues Forums might be useful.
We are in the UK, the U.S. and New Zealand. We just finished up a four community expansion in rural Minnesota (where we are based). Here are some lessons from our volunteer…"