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Neighborhood Street Forum

Neighborhood Street Forum

Neighborhood Street Forum

Community engagement with under-represented communities has been unsuccessful and ineffective in giving community voices a space at the decision-making table. The use of technology can create innovative strategies that more equitably represent the community’s voice. This project seeks to create a platform to enable broad strategies for connecting residents in a meaningful way to decision makers and promote their voice in decisions that impact their community. Specifically, the goal is to provide a new concept for what community engagement looks like in a way that prioritizes engagement of previously underrepresented groups. The Neighborhood Street Forum platform will be an online tool accessible both via the web and mobile devices that aggregates any submissions via numerous social media platforms into one central website that can geotag and categorize topics and issues. Marketing materials from wallet cards to posters with the Street Forum branding and hashtag (#streetforum) will prompt residents to submit their own voices via the platform. The primary users will be residents in North Minneapolis, particularly underrepresented populations. These groups currently face more barriers to meaningful engagement through traditional channels and could greatly benefit from a new model of engagement. 

Project Award Date: 
2015-04-01
Community organization or agency: 
Cleveland Neighborhood Association
Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Neeraj Mehta Director of Community Programs (612) 624-8988