We are building a network of community advocates in neighborhoods, community centers and churches. This process will provide personal, one-on-one "real needs" counseling and "match making" of needs to resources to help people find the social supports and material connections needed to make everyday living more productive and less difficult.
This project will encourage key people in every community to LISTEN to their neighbors, use and teach data tools and web sites to RECORD useful information, and help people CONNECT with each other when appropriate.
We are working to build an Internet connected system that will allow the key people to work together by recording and sharing appropriate information about needs, services and interests of the people they serve.
How Is This Different?
Existing information and communication services support individuals to connect with each other and to find and use information services for THEMSELVES. What we are proposing to do is to empower people we are calling community or information advocates to act as intermediaries between OTHER people who can't or don't have time to use the Internet for themselves. Community advocates are people who help other people and might be thought of as librarians for the community, match makers, or social media instructors for their community.
Please consider joining this project to help build the Internet tools that will allow the community advocates to work together. As envisioned, the service we want to build will allow the community advocates to list and share the needs, resources and interests of their clients in a way that will provide for both "getting the word out" and maintaining appropriate privacy for the client community.
For more info see the Information Advocates Notebook from the http://CommunityMagic.org main page or contact Stan Pokras <firstname.lastname@example.org> 267-968-0407