Center For Neighborhoods is currently in the process of developing a virtual community in partnership with Change the World Louisville.
We need you!
We are looking for Neighborhood Institute Alumni who can be considered “experts” in their field that are willing to take ownership of a discussion board by serving as a moderator. These are volunteer positions. There are many benefits to serving as a discussion board moderator. In addition to increasing your personal knowledge bank, your reputation as a “go to” person will grow alongside an expanding network of connections to other leaders in the community that will support and respect your work.
Ideal candidates for moderator positions are:
- Extremely knowledgeable and experienced in their topic area
- Well known neighborhood and community leaders
- Well versed in computers and internet technology
- Passionate about sharing information and resources to improve quality of life
- Avid users of a personal computer in the home
- Employed in a work environment that allows the convenience and freedom to lightly participate in and monitor the discussion board during the day
- Committed to Center For Neighborhoods mission and values
Moderators will have several roles and responsibilities, including:
- Keeping the discussion board active by posing questions or starting new topics to stimulate conversation
- Making sure new questions or topics receive a response
- Serving as the “enforcer” or “referee” of discussion board rules and policies
- Educating users about appropriate message board conduct
- Deleting spam and other inappropriate content
- Redirecting/moving topics to their appropriate category (ex: Under the Community Events discussion board, a member creates a new topic thread asking questions about Historic Preservation. The moderator for the Community Events discussion board would move the topic thread to the Historic Preservation discussion board.)
- Editing and deleting posts
- Providing warnings, banning users, deleting false accounts and imposters
- Additional privileges, responsibilities, etc… will be defined soon.
If you are interested, please contact Hallie Jones by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (502.589.0343).
We will hold a training meeting prior to the launch of the internet forums. This meeting will cover all the details, review the functionality of the technology, familiarize everyone with the user interface, explore various functions, etc…. It is also likely that the moderators will be asked to participate in beta testing prior to the launch.
NEW - Social Networking Initiative
Under our new Social Networking Initiative, Center For Neighborhoods is creating new ways to better serve Neighborhood Institute Alumni.
The Social Networking Initiative consists of two parts:
- Website, virtual community, and resource center
- Quarterly networking events that are hosted in neighborhoods across metro Louisville that bring Neighborhood Institute Alumni together
Goals of the Social Networking Initiative
- Build on, strengthen, and maintain social networks created through the Neighborhood Institute
- Continue fostering relationships and collaboration between neighborhood leaders metro-wide, formulation of alliances, cross-collaboration and information sharing
- Networking Events provide the opportunity to build real, authentic community with no programmatic agenda
- Virtual community will develop a searchable, public record of information, solutions, and discussions relevant to community and neighborhood leaders
Guiding Principals of the Social Networking Initiative
- The virtual community will serve as a glue that connects the real community between face-to-face meetings
- Face-to-face meetings at Alumni Networking Events will foster relationships and the joys that draw people together, inspire the sharing of information and a desire to help one another make change
- The virtual community, Networking Events, and the Neighborhood Institute are in symbiosis, each being mutually beneficial, highly interconnected, and positively reinforcing of the others