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Rural Voices Evaluation – Some Detailed Lessons

We’ve now officially closed our Rural Voices grant from the Blandin Foundation and thought we’d share the full 10 page evaluation with you. Our four rural Minnesota forums continue as all volunteer local enterprises within our 15+ community network. Below are some excerpts to give you a sense of what is in the Word, PDF, […]

Forum Manager Interviews – Audio

Update: We’ve added the Cook County Conversations interview with Jim Boyd below. The other week with our community visits to Bemidji and Cass Lake, I sat down with our volunteer forum managers for one on one interviews.The audio is below. These are part of our final evaluation for our Blandin Foundation Rural Voices initiative to […]

Celebrating in Bemidji and Cass Lake – Rural Voices Check-in

As we wind up the final activities in our Rural Voices effort supported by the Blandin Foundation we will be visiting our new Issues Forum communities to celebrate online participation efforts thus far and to gather lessons and input for what is next. Issues Forums evolve over time. After initial start-up, they can benefit significantly […]

Good. Great. Fantastic. – Cass Lake Leech Lake Finds a Voice Online

Local volunteers recently launched the Cass Lake Leech Lake Issues Forum. It is the first of four new local online Issues Forums opening acrorss rural Minnesota communities as part of E-Democracy.Org’s network with the support of the Blandin Foundation. The Cass Lake area has a majority Native American population and is part of the Leech […]

Knowledge Raiser – Watch Citizen Media and Online Engagement Webinar On-Demand

Citizen Media and Online Engagement Webinar – Thu Feb 5 2009 – RSVP Now

E-Democracy.Org is hosting “webinar” on citizen media and online engagement in local communities. This is the text from our wiki page (where you can RSVP and access links): … For the fifth in our series of Rural Voices outreach events, this live and interactive presentation will be “everywhere.” Participate via telephone access for audio […]

Join Minnesota Voices – Greater Minnesotans Building Community with Web 2.0

Do you blog? Or … Do you contribute to Wikipedia? Do you share photos on Flickr or upload videos to YouTube? Do you host an online forum or e-mail group? Do you gather links on Delicious? Do you develop “Web 2.0” software or websites? Do you work for an online news site promoting user-generated content […]

Sharing Photographs and Videos the E-Democratic Way

The summary: Attach any size picture to your Issues Forum post via e-mail or the web. We do the rest – resize, present on web, etc. Paste a link to a YouTube video in a post. We do the rest – the video player is displayed for all via your Issues Forum’s web view. At […]

Issues Forum Presentation Slides, Bemidji and Cass Lake Leech Lake Say Yes

Steve Kranz and I had a great time in Bemidji and Cass Lake – Leech Lake Indian Reservation last week. We had about 20 people total across our two Your Voice. Your Community presentations highlighting some citizen media trends and digging into online civic engagement with Issues Forums. Below are our slides, and here is […]

Rural Voices Update – Your Voice. Your Community Online. Events in Bemidji and Cass Lake, Minnesota – 13-14 Aug 2008

Work on our Rural Voices project is in full swing with Steve Kranz from Winona joining our team. In addition to joining this event tour, Steve is assisting Fergus Falls with the launch of an Issues Forum and working to identify a southern Minnesota town for another Issues Forum. Efforts are underway for a potential […]


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