Our group wants to develop a replicable Community Sandbox - an asynchronous demand driven town hall.
- Designed for participation. Technically have binary inputs that increase participation from the usual 1 creator, 9 commenters and 90 lurkers to where only 70-80% lurk
- Explicit, multiple points of entry. Meet people where they are in the real world (Rotary, church, grocery) or virtual ( Facebook, school sites)
- Access to power - explicitly invite school boards, supts, principals, etc)
- Rapid feedback loop
- Dynamic encyclopedia of issues
- Connections to other systems and world
- Mapping- assets, relationships, data, constituency
- Virtual and real world positive cycle - allow anonymous submission of critical issues such as bullying
- Highlight awesomeness - in all media
- Reforming the job of the journalist - hyper connected , using transparent reporter's notebook, updating local encyclopedia (wiki)
- Individualized customizable information - classroom curriculum or school issue for example, and how compare to others
We will specifically focus on transforming our schools to promote lifelong learning for efficacy in this developing hyper connected global economy, starting with specific items such as bullying or standards-based advancement.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM PETERS
The idea of the community sandbox fits within our overall model of community building - http://www.technologyofcommunity.net/fieldguide/model-overview/
Within that, we recognized the need for a community commons - http://www.technologyofcommunity.net/community-commons/
At our company, we have been focused, on and off, on the Reporter's Notebookidea. The technical issues are not as great as the cultural issues on that effort. I am hopeful that we will have a group of our journalists, or two, adopting that technique soon. RJI could help by 'sanctioning and suporting' the use of this method.
The biggest deal in Pivot Point effort is the dynamic encyclopedia of local knowledge (Local Wiki). We are deeply stuck on how to proceed there, so help from RJI would be very much appreciated.
We have developed some effective community mapping tools, and should be able to show those soon.