Creating Appropriate Online Networks

“Community artists must be vigilant in the hidden biases of technical processes. They should be prepared to change these processes and the art forms within which they use them.” – Owen Kelly

Most activists and grassroots organizers already know this. But creating online communities can still be a daunting task – whether the groups is small or large, one of many or the first of its kind.

Check out Pip Shea’s guide to building an online network that addresses the needs of its members. It's a particular great resource for online community leaders to use as a checklist for ensuring their organizing is inclusive and appropriate. Tips focus on areas like:

-appropriate leadership

-inclusivity

-legal boundaries

-positive participant experience

-connections with other communities and services

The guide includes examples of each approach and “questions to ask” as a community-builder. There are lots of relevant tips for growing and developing a thriving online network. 

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