Some people outside of our pilot area may think that Front Porch Forum provides conventional online message boards for neighborhoods… not so. Here’s an example of a straight-forward web-based threaded message board from a Seattle neighborhood… click here. That’s a different animal.
For a number of neighborhood e-mail lists as well see:
E-Democracy.Org host unconventional neighborhood forums using an open source platform called GroupServer that allows people to fully participate via web or e-mail. We have a number of new “neighbourhood forums” in England and some new one’s opening in my hometown of Minneapolis.
Front Porch Forum, iNeighbors, and others demonstrate a huge potential for connecting local people together any time, anywhere.
I’ve volunteered to host a new forum for my area of about 7,000 residents in Minneapolis. You can watch a forum being born in a deliberate manner here:
Good to hear from you Steven. Best wishes with your new forum in Minneapolis! -Michael