Volume 1, Issue 5
Around the Forums: New U.S. forums coming soon
Several new forums will be starting up in the coming months, including neighborhood forums in the United States and the rebirth of an effort to discuss politics nationwide in the U.S. There were several attempts about 10 or 15 years ago to provide a place to discuss politics beyond the local level, that were either unsuccessful or sporadic, but often, local participants are yearning for a place to discuss national issues that is beyond the blog model.
(UK and New Zealand groups – have you had any success with a national issues-based discussion online? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
As for posting, budgets and financing government operations were prevalent in terms of issues folks were reacting to across the forums. Clearly the impact of the current economic situation has people talking about the short- and long-term effects. In addition, folks seem to be interested in collaborating to clean up parks, boulevards and other parts of the cityscape, regardless of locale. Posts organizing community gardens, cleanups, and fundraisers were also popular across the forums.
Click on the links below to read more conversations from the E-Democracy.Org forums.
Hot Topic: Community fair plans (several topics)
Hot Topic: End of legislative session (several topics)
Hot Topic: All-terrain vehicle impact (several topics)
Hot Topic: Foreclosure, landlords, demolition (several topics)
Hot Topic: Franklin Avenue plans (several topics)
Hot Topic: Problem properties and crime (several topics)
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