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David Wilcox, Partnerships Online firstname.lastname@example.org
The Guide will be an online resource to provide inspiration and guidance on how to use the Internet for community benefit, personal development or organisational change - and help others do the same. Content will cover both the start up and management of projects.
The Guide will build on a previous online publication on this site: How you can use IT in the community , and much other excellent material on other sites. It will stand in its own right, and also act as a back-up resource to some other projects under development in the UK:
Course participants and those developing local projects will be invited to contribute content to the Guide to ensure that it is updated and developed in ways which are relevant to user needs. Hopefully other editors and contributors will integrate development of the guide with other projects, so content is refresh. We will, of course, need to agree appropriate terms for use of the material.
My initial vision of Guide development - offered here for comment - is as follows.
First, a core framework is developed by collaborating editors in a number of countries where there are community neworking projects - for example, I have contacts in USA and Canada, Australia, UK and some other European countries. Content will then be developed by:
While this may seem a little daunting, I hope that the need to develop course material will assist with structuring, and on-the-ground training and consultancy work will rapidly sift what's useful and what is not.
There is some excellent material around already, and some good sites. I believe the first round of trans-national structuring and signposting will in itself add a lot of value and inspire people to contribute.
The aim of the guide - as I see it - is to show what 'real world' benefits new media can offer. Consequently the starting point should be the problems and aspirations of communities, organisation and individuals - rather than the technology or any one model of community networking. This is reflected in the contents below. (I am indebted to Terry Grunwald's excellent Making the Net Work http://www.ncexchange.org/guideorder.html and other sources which will be acknowledged!) Terry visited the UK in summer 1998 - see her presentations here.
This will explain the approach taken by the guide, and help users reflect on what they are looking for and find a route through the material e.g:
Issues which are relevant for organisations introducing online working, and for online projects as the develop e.g.
The process which online projects may support - and which will be involved in creating those projects, since most will involve colaborations and partnerships. For example:
Before starting a project, how do you systematically review experience elsewhere and establish how to monitor your own performance (important for course work):
This section will include:
Terry Grunwald offers an eleven point plan which could be a good starting point:
To be developed