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Online Town Hall Invites Civic Dialog

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Localocracy is one of those madeup words that is difficult to pronounce but well worth the effort.

The word refers to an online "town common where registered voters using real names can weigh in on local issues." Now currently up and running in four  Massachusetts cities, Localocracy is designed to benefit three important constituencies in every community: the citizens, the government, and the media.

Citizens have the chance to learn more about community issues; public officials are able to communicate with residents, prioritize needs, and encourage engagement; and the media can offer "hyperlocal" coverage of events and people.

Founded in 2008, the social media site has garnered great reviews. Howard Weaver, former news executive at the McClatchy Company said "It gives people of all ages another outlet for learning about community issues and participating in our government. It's like the perfect union of town meeting and modern technology."

Check it out and see for yourself.

 

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