E-Democracy is a Minnesota-based, nonprofit organization that hosts and supports email lists for communities. Sometimes the communities are based on a common interest, more often the community is geographically based. The lists can be great tools to meet neighbors and strengthen relationships. The conversations on the list range of the mundane (who has a suggest for raccoons
in the trash?) to philosophical and everything in between. Unlike many online conversations, E-Democracy insists that members use their real name and location. It’s a good way to keep the conversation local and civil.
I am a long time E-Democracy volunteer and I have volunteered to help get a list going for the Mac Groveland neighborhood – both by spreading the word but also but moderating the discussion. One of the rules of E-Democracy is that we need 100 members before the list is really open for conversation. Getting that critical mass helps the list start with a bang. One hundred people is enough to keep the dialog going and useful – fewer members can lead to a lot of awkward silence. Currently the list has 43 members signed up.
I encourage folks in the neighborhood to consider joining the list. The hope is to get up and running this fall. You can learn more on the E-Democracy Mac Groveland list page.
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