E-Democracy builds online public space in the heart of real democracy and community. Our mission is to harness the power of online tools to support participation in public life, strengthen communities, and build democracy.
E-Democracy's hosting services rest on three principles:
Currently we host over 50 online community forums with over 27,000 memberships across the globe, focusing on inclusive community/civic engagement. Of the almost 20,000 forum memberships in the Twin Cities metro area, over 80% engage at the neighborhood level as part of our BeNeighbors.org program.
Over 20 years of direct experience hosting independent online groups designed to raise local voices in democracy gives E-Democracy real insights into the trends and trade-offs of hosting an online discussion space.
Whether it be standing up an open source platform on a private server or renting a space on a new innovative platform (etc.), online hosts need their groups to be discoverable, they need to be able to leverage one-click-to-join identity schemes, and they need access to technology advice and help when major online providers block them in overzealous spam traps or limit their outreach in a way that threatens their online freedom of assembly. In short, they need to be connected to the lessons and the peer-to-peer support of the hosting field.
E-Democracy offers the expertise and connections to support the efforts of practitioners working to move the field. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know how we might help with your hosting projects.
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