Knight Foundation funds The Civic Commons to build on existing citizen engagement efforts to provide new ways for citizens to learn about local issues. Here, its curator of conversation, Dan Moulthrop, writes about its new and improved website.
Last month, we released version 2.0 of our website theciviccommons.com. It may be too lofty and overreaching to say this is the coming to fruition of months and months of work, dreaming, and something in between the two, but on our good days, that's kind of what it feels like. There's a little bit missing, though, to be sure, and we need some dreamers and doers in different communities to help us get it to the next level.
So what's new? Well, ever since we launched the website eighteen months ago, we've been saying over and over that we were giving community members a chance to turn talk into action. Thing is, while we said that a lot, we hadn't really given anyone the tools to do so. Until now. In our new and improved website, Commons activity has three basic steps--conversation, action and reflection.