Below is a small sampling of organizations that are dedicated to enhancing the participation of ordinary citizens in the political, social and economic life of their local communities and the nation. Some provide organization and tools directly to citizens; others work to create the necessary infrastructure and environment necessary for citizen participation. The descriptions of each group are taken directly from their websites.
@Grass-Roots.Org tells the stories of the most innovative grassroots programs in the United States and the local heroes who've found effective ways to build their communities, fix what's broken and make them better. We hope you'll be inspired, and then we hope you'll decide to roll up your sleeves and get involved in your own community, be it in the U.S. or anywhere on Earth. (http://www.grass-roots.org/)
The mission of the Benton Foundation is to articulate a public interest vision for the digital age and to demonstrate the value of communications for solving social problems. Current priorities include: promoting a vision and policy alternatives for the digital age in which the benefit to the public is paramount; raising awareness among funders and nonprofits on their stake in critical policy issues; enabling communities and nonprofits to produce diverse and locally responsive media content. (http://benton.org)
The Internet Nonprofit Center is a project of The Evergreen State Society based in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Internet Nonprofit Center is the home of the Nonprofit FAQ. The FAQ is based on "frequently asked questions" - and their answers - drawn from the 'Nonprofit' email discussion forum and other online resources. (http://www.nonprofits.org/)
Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network (MAIN) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to establish and operate efficiently a community-access computer network. The purpose of this network is information sharing and communication among the people and governmental, educational, commercial, cultural, religious, and civic organizations, in order to enhance lives and make the best use of community resources. (http://www.main.org/)
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