(Photo found on www.Flickr.com, taken by ‘Travelling Steve’)
Over the next couple of days, two new neighbourhood forums will be launching in the UK as part of the E-Democracy.Org network, bringing the total size of our network to 13 forums, spread across the UK, USA, and New Zealand.
These new neighbourhood forums are excellent examples of how E-Democracy.Org can work with local volunteers and council officials to create sustainable online spaces, where members of the community can connect with each other and their local officials to work towards a better community.
According to Shey Cobley, Online Communications Officer for the Oxford City Council, “as a council we are supporting the two forums but they are being run by the community, and anyone living, working, or studying in those areas is free to join and discuss any topic that they wish. Also, if people living in other areas of Oxford are interested, they are welcome to contact me about the possibility of launching a neighbourhood forum in their area.”
The Headington Marston Neighbourhood Forum, will likely launch this weekend, Dec. 15th, with Stephanie Jenkins as the forum manager (and key local organizer). Providing support and direction for the forum are a group of volunteers from Headington Action, a charity representing groups in the Headington and Marston area including residentsâ€™ associations, employers, businesses, schools and higher education, health, local councils, and churches.
On Monday, December 17th, we expect the Oxford – Central, South and West forum to open, with Shey Cobley as the forum manager. The Central, South and West forum will cover the following: Jericho, Botley Road area, Osney, Abingdon Road area, and Central Oxford.