Communities depend on effective communication. Using simple, cheap online media we can build stronger communities by unlocking the huge communications potential in local people. Dozens of great community sites demonstrate what can be done – particularly for ultra local issues of huge importance to people but below the radar of print, radio and TV. The ease with which you can get some civic action going to improve the neighbourhood using a blog platform should see an explosion in ultra local voice that is good for democracy and for communities. But that doesn’t always seem to be the case.
I already do some of this sort of thing with www.kingscrossenvironment.com in a hard pressed community in London. And admire some wonderful stand out sites like Brookmans Park, the Sheffield Forum and even The Londonist, but I can’t quite understand why there isn’t more of it.
After a discussion over at Gary Andrews site i thought i would start somewhere devoted to ultra local online media for community building and community action. This site will celebrate good community online publishing and cover the theats and opportunities posed by the decline of traditional local media.
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