[Air-L] Inclusion

Ben Light B.Light at salford.ac.uk
Tue Mar 2 10:01:44 PST 2010

Hi Steven, 

A PhD researcher I work with is currently writing up her thesis on a
community reporters programme in the City of Salford, UK, through 'People's
Voice Media' - see http://peoplesvoicemedia.co.uk/.  Her work takes the
beyond access thesis and the literature on urban regeneration as a starting
point - you might want to have a chat with her - she's very knowledgable as
she's worked for years in community outreach too.  I've copied her into the
email and also onto the list just in case anyone else is interested in this
kind of work.



Ben Light
Professor of Digital Media
Communication, Cultural and Media Studies Research Centre
Associate Head of School - Research and Innovation
School of Media, Music and Performance
The University of Salford
Adelphi House
M3 6EN


On 2/3/10 17:54, "Steven Clift" <slc at publicus.net> wrote:

> I'd like to compare notes with researchers exploring the use of social
> media/online forums in lower income/diverse/high immigrant neighborhoods.
> E-Democracy.org has some new Ford Foundation funding to deepen our current
> efforts in Cedar Riverside in Minneapolis (large East African population)
> and Frogtown in St. Paul (large SE Asian, and African-American communities):
> http://e-democracy.org/inclusion
> Our goal is the create an integrative online experience that reflects the
> diversity of the area both in terms of registrants and with shared content.
> Part one in terms of registration, aided by in-person outreach (documented
> extensively on our blog - see link just above) happened over the previous
> year. Part two includes activities of our part-time "Community Outreach and
> Information Leaders" that I just hired to work with community groups and
> participants to spur diverse exchange. We use a mix of e-mail/web with
> forums piped into Facebook Fan pages and Twitter as well.
> Who has been active in this niche - either neighborhood activities online in
> general (I know about Keith Hampton's good work) or more specifically in
> working with content/exchange online for inclusion. (Going well beyond the
> computer training and access paradigm.) I am interested in both researchers
> and projects you know about.
> Please also reply to clift at e-democracy.org so I don't miss your reply.
> Cheers,
> Steven Clift
> E-Democracy.org
> P.S. We do have some coding projects exploring the next generation of
> nearest neighbor connections online emerging:
> http://e-democracy.org/neighborly - Also note
> http://pages.e-democracy.org/Block_activities
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