When Net Tuesday first started, we were fortunate enough to work with the Community Male Empowerment Project (http://cmeprojects.org/) - an organization dedicated to rebuilding our neighborhoods through job training and rehabbing old housing. Melvin and Alanda from CMEP were active, engaging, and willing to be part of our community, and thankfully, we helped them becoming much more tech-savvy.
Now, CMEP needs the insight and talent of the Net Tuesday community.
With some of the recent announcements around demolishing properties in the city of Chicago, their belief that every building - and every person - deserves a second chance needs to be heard now more than ever. In a field where there's a lot of discussion around non-profits and social media....it would be easy for their voice to get lost in the cacaphony.
We're extremely grateful for Imagine Englewood's willingness and hospitality in hosting our meeting this month. For more information about Imagine Englewood, please visit http://www.imagineenglewoodif.org/ . We ask that you RSVP and plan to attend the August 14th Net Tuesday meeting. There, we will have a open source community discussion on how CMEP can better advocate for their issues both online and offline. At the very least, this is an opportunity to learn why Net Tuesday isn't just about non-profits and social media....but about how tech tools can have a direct, lasting impact on the community.
We're extremely grateful for Imagine Englewood's willingness and hospitality in hosting our meeting this month. For more information about Imagine Englewood, please visit http://www.imagineenglewoodif.org/
Because this time, it's much more than just about connecting communities....it's about having a lasting impact. It's about making sure that everyone in our community counts. And finally, it's about being good neighbors, and sharing our wisdom to improve all of our communities in the Chicago area.
Please join us, won't you?
Gordon Dymowski (http://www.gordondymowski.com) has over ten years' experience in public health community mobilization, from working on tobacco control and clean air policy to working with chemical dependency and the homeless. Currently, Gordon has shifted to the corporate side, working as social media analyst/strategist and researcher. Gordon also has over fifteen years involvement in the online realm and blogs for a variety of outlets.
Vincent McCaskill is an IT Service Professional that consults small business and non-profits on practical and innovative ways to use technology. He also provides technology training services to the same.