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What communities can do
Overview, see right hand column for more
Why it matters
Communties online can find it easier to learn from the successes of other communities worldwide, and can celebrate their own successes with the wider online community.
Green Maps are locally created environmentally themed maps with a universal symbol set and map-making resources provided by the non-profit Green Map System. Based on the principles of cartography a Green Map plots the locations of a community's natural, cultural and sustainable resources such as recycling centers, heritage sites, community gardens, toxic waste sites and socially conscious businesses. W
Internet activism (also known as online activism, digital campaigning, digital activism, online organizing, electronic advocacy, cyberactivism, e-campaigning, and e-activism) is the use of electronic communication technologies such as social media, especially Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, e-mail, and podcasts for various forms of activism to enable faster communication by citizen movements and the delivery of local information to a large audience. Internet technologies are used for cause-related fundraising, community building, lobbying, and organizing. Research has started to address specifically how activist/advocacy groups in the United States and Canada are using social media to achieve digital activism objectives. W
Fast and flexible
Current events can be better covered, with more immediacy, when there are more people reporting them.
Topic or place specific
Participatory journalism can tackle subjects mainstream media might leave alone. Examples include environmental disasters and popular demonstrations.
Commentary about local events can be seen through the eyes of people who are most affected by them - people who live in, work in or visit a locality.
Participatory journalism can help develop a sense of empowerment for ordinary citizens and community groups. It can be seen as part of Getting to know your area and can also be used identify positive news and a can-do approach.
The concept of citizen journalism (also known as "public", "participatory", "democratic", "guerrilla" or "street" journalism) is based upon public citizens "playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing, and disseminating news and information." Similarly, Courtney C. Radsch defines citizen journalism "as an alternative and activist form of newsgathering and reporting that functions outside mainstream media institutions, often as a response to shortcomings in the professional journalistic field, that uses similar journalistic practices but is driven by different objectives and ideals and relies on alternative sources of legitimacy than traditional or mainstream journalism." Jay Rosen proposes a simpler definition: "When the people formerly known as the audience employ the press tools they have in their possession to inform one another." W
Virtual volunteering is the practice of volunteering using the Internet, off-site from the organization (or group) being assisted. Virtual volunteering is also known as online volunteering or e-volunteering. W
"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet." - William Gibson
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News and comment
5 Group Decision Making Resources from Loomio, Dec 27 
Introducing the 'Teaching Community Technology Handbook', Dec 20