Thursday, January 21, 2010

Teach the teacher. Or, list for the list keepers.

Do you host a ...

... neighborhood e-mail list?
... highly interactive placeblog?
... local social network on Ning?
... a private Facebook group for nearest neighbors?
... a local online community of any kind?

Then join your peers on this new peer-to-peer online group for local hosts

One of the buried factoids from the Pew Internet and American Life Project
last year is that 4% of American adults or 8 million people are members of
good old neighborhood e-mail lists. If the average neighborhood e-mail list
is 200 people (no idea what it is) that means 40,000 people have step up to
successfully create an online public space for their neighbors. However
whether it is on YahooGroups, Google Groups, Ning, or Facebook a quick hunt
for local online groups brings up perhaps 10 empty shells with just a few

The technology made it easy for 360,000 people to fail at a low cost and
40,000 of us broke through and managed to convince our neighbors to join us
online (very much a close to one person a time adventure from my experience)
to the tune of 8 million overall. The neighbors movement online is
completely below the radar and most succesful efforts barely know about the
local online spaces beyond their immediate area. I want to change that by
gathering a few hundred hosts of online neighborhood efforts in a space we
can use to exchange stories, lessons, and advice.

Imagine if we simply captured our top ten lessons and the success rate for
new neighborhood spaces went from 10% to 20% by spreading our collective
advice. We'd serve another 8 million people (far more globally for that
matter) in no time. Wow!

That might be the easy part. The real challenge is finding the first few
hundred online neighborhood hosts who don't yet know they are part of a
movement. Can you help by sending the local revolutionaries you know to:

Steven Clift
Neighborhood e-mail list host

Steven Clift

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