Monday, March 14, 2005

Neighborhood Networks goes online

From a comment by Marc Stier, elevated to give it a little more notice:

The Neighborhood Networks website just went on-line. It will be expanded soon, but we thought we would provide just a page with some more information about our aims and a place for people to sign up. Got to http://www.phillyneighborhoodnetworks.org
Sign up if you are interested...

9 Comments:

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

God- those guys really need to get on a real web platform- Civic Space, Scoop, whatever. If you want to really connect people on a local level, you're going to have to enable them with the tools to get the job done.

 
At 9:05 AM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

Oh- if you need to be introduced to the Civic Space crew, drop me a line. This is just the sort of thing that civic space was built for...

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger DanielUA said...

Well, make it happen.

ACM, of "A Smoke Filled Room," is on the steering committee. Why not write her and see if you can help them out?

 
At 10:01 AM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

If you know her, send her an e-mail and ask her to contact me (alex at musicforamerica).

I've also forwarded the website to MfA to see if they can connect the two.

 
At 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be glad to help as well. And Minister Al-X - I need help with CivicSpace myself (Philly Future http://www.phillyfuture.org). Can I email you too?

-Karl

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

You sure can.

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

Though just to be clear- I'm not a CivicSpace tech or admin- but I can try and get your questions answered...

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger ACM said...

Hmmm..., that website was pretty beta, so not sure it was ready to be headlined. :)

If you want to really connect people on a local level, you're going to have to enable them with the tools to get the job done.

Well, in all honesty, I think we want to connect a superset of those who would interact via an online forum -- we want them meeting in livingrooms and planning and organizing actions in real space. The website (at least for now) is just an info site and sign-up interface. What we'd love is to have smaller groups make use of pre-existing infrastructure for ongoing organizational purposes -- i.e., the Philly2DC.org site has great forums that anybody could make great use of -- rather than Neighborhood Networks recreating the wheel (and greatly expanding its financial and human costs). As we grow, that vision might change, but this is the time for building up to a greater identity, not launching it fully formed. Come to the June meeting and make the argument for why neighborhood units should need internet fora! :))

 
At 2:55 PM, Blogger Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg said...

I'm all about using infrastructure that's already there, so pointing to the Philly2DC forum is a great idea. The one problem you'll probablly run into is that if you use a different site for each of your functions, you may make it hard for people looking at your groups to find what they want/need. You also may be discouraging people to come back to the NN site by sending them elsewhere. To me the key is cooperation amongst the sites and groups, so that they all point to each other. But that shouldn't be too difficult.

As far as expanding costs/personel go, I think you might be surprised at the amount of resources that's out there, espescially for PA groups (obviously I have no idea where you've sought funding), so I wouldn't limit yourself at this juncture. Think big, propose it to the purse string holders, and see what happens. I know that you're just trying to be realistic, and a well designed and functioning web site might not be what you need, but at this point I suggest you think big, and see what kind of attention you can attract to the project.

Also- I'm not sure if anyone involved in NN was involved in the Principles Project Conference two weekends ago in NYC, but all of the groups who attended are comitted to building up the local infrastructure, so you may want to connect with them as well. If you're interested in connecting with the groups on the site (plus DFA), let me know and I'll see if I can connect you with some of the leadership from those groups. Even though NN is local, it doesn't hurt to become affiliated with the national orgs.

 

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