Last call on our Thursday, October 11 “Community Engagement Online for All” workshop in Seattle. Not in Seattle? Join our special Neighbors Online webinar on Nov. 14.
Corrine Bruning, Tim Erickson, and Steven Clift will then be participating in the NCDD national conference with a similar, but more in-depth session on October 13. Watch us on Twitter @edemo, @democracy, and @mrtimtweets and the tag #ncdd.
Here for our archives is the full text of the workshop announcement:
Community Engagement Online for All Workshop
On Light Rail, 24 min from Airport, 15 min from Westlake DWTN
Cost: Free, Space is Limited
Introductions: After you register, join our special Facebook Group for pre-event virtual introductions.
Join us for a dynamic two part conversation on building inclusive online community engagement in neighborhoods.
- 1. Seattle Neighbors Online Networking – Who is doing what?
- 2. Inclusive Community Engagement Online – Lessons to adapt and deploy locally
The gathering will be facilitated by Minnesota-based E-Democracy.org. They are in town for the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation national conference starting October 12. The event will have a dynamic mix of local and national participants excited to learn from each other.
1. Seattle Neighbors Online Networking – Who is doing what?
Part one will start with a friendly networking roundtable where you are invited to share a few minutes about your online neighbor connecting efforts or put your “I am just getting started” questions on the table. Let’s highlight great online neighbor connecting efforts already happening in Seattle.
Together, we will briefly introduce conversation-based neighbor connecting “tools” many of us use like simple e-mail lists, forums, Facebook Groups, NextDoor, etc. and dig into why, when, where, how (public v. private) as well as introduce inclusive outreach and engagement that matters to diverse local communities. Seattle has one of nation’s most vibrant placeblog and parent forum scenes which in addition to local online groups/lists are neighbor to neighbor connecting instigators.
2. Inclusive Community Engagement Online – Lessons to adapt and deploy locally
Part two will provide an in-depth presentation with extended discussion on E-Democracy’s BeNeighbors.org outreach effort to build inclusive and integrated online community engagement in lower income, highly diverse, high immigrant neighborhoods in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Why inclusion? Online neighbor connecting is useful and powerful for those who discover it, yet among the divides, the Neighbors Online study of the Pew Internet and American Life project found that households making 75K a year are 5 times more likely than those making 50K or less to be a member of a neighborhood e-mail list or forum.
With 2 years of pilot funding from the Ford Foundation and now extended St. Paul funding from the Knight Foundation through 2014, the BeNeighbors.org effort hopes to exchange lessons with projects around Seattle and beyond. By openly sharing our challenges and insights, we hope to learn from the work of other great projects.
- Public Outreach: BeNeighbors.org
- Project Details: e-democracy.org/inclusion
- Blog: blog.e-democracy.org
- Best of topics via Twitter: @edemo
- 60 Page Pilot Evaluation: e-democracy.org/evaluation
- 2011 Presentation and Video
This is event is being organized by the non-profit BeNeighbors.org outreach initiative of E-Democracy.org. Co-Sponsors include the City of Seattle, the Seattle Foundation, and the National Conference of Dialogue and Deliberation. We invite additional co-sponsors in exchange for helping promote this event to diverse cultural communities and community groups. In addition to local community participation, this gathering is an official pre-conference workshop for the NCDD national convention: http://ncdd.org/events
If you have questions about this event, please contact E-Democracy.org at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-234-7072.
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