I am running https://communitynetworks.group, a discourse forum maintained by rhizomatica.org and apc.org for individuals and organizations that promote communal ownership and stewardship of telecom infrastructure (also known as community networks).
Although we’ve done many concrete actions, we have done a review of the last 2 years of the platform, and although we know it has become useful, we feel we might have failed in promoting a healthy community.
We have done a few very successful actions, mainly:
- including our newsletter production workflow within the forum, so we make sure news get to them the earliest, and also to drive them back to the forum when they check the newsletter (manual written here: APC CN Newsletter management manual - HackMD ):
- a selection of the responses in here: Community networks on the web - #203 - Community Networks
- ends up in here: Community Networks and Local Access Monthly Newsletter | Association for Progressive Communications
- Running live events and using the forum for RSVP, live note-taking and pre, during and post interaction in between audience and speakers.
- some examples here:
- and the upcoming ones:
- Asia lightning talks: meet projects selected to strengthen community networks - Tech Talks - Community Networks
- Africa lightning talks: meet projects selected to strengthen community networks - Tech Talks - Community Networks
- Latin America lightning talks: meet projects selected to strengthen community networks - Tech Talks - Community Networks
We would like to seek for advice in relation to wether there is concrete things we could do to keep exploring in relation to engagement, or maybe reassurance that our assessment is right.
Thanks in advance to all the collective wisdom!