enables 'virtual communities' to develop globally,
linking people around the world who have shared
interests. These virtual communities usually take
the form of mailing lists, newsgroups and Web
Internet is also being used to enhance local
communities - whether urban neighbourhoods or rural
villages. This 'community networking' goes beyond
online discussion and Web pages to include
everything from public access and training to
ecommerce and electronic democracy.
Our main work in this
field is available at Making
the Net Work, and you will find items on the blog run by David
for Civil Society.
Here is an archive of
earlier articles. Apologies if links don't work.
are the different types of online
- Communities of
interest, locality and organisation.
are there online communities?
- Links to online
communities - both local and virtual, UK and
consider creating an online
- What are the
benefit for your neighbourhood, town or
did community networking start in the
- Stories from
some of the people who first found inspiration
from US networks.
to create online communities
- Step by step
guidelines, plus articles and links on the
practicalities of getting your community
During May 1999
Partnerships Online ran workshops in Brighton at
and will be working with Sussex Community Internet
Project to develop longer-term plans for supporting
During autumn 1999
we worked with BBC Online to create a
to local online communities and with
help develop content and discussion forums about
See also the pages
for process of collaboration and community
involvement, and those on projects
for examples of neighbourhoods online.
section will contain articles, techniques and links
to other Internet resources providing help on
creating communities online.
If you wish to
contribute material on these topics, please let me