Individual action is important, but what about those times when you need to connect with others or upscale a campaign? Where do you begin?
This is something that I’ve been getting asked a lot recently. It’s difficult, because everyone has their own causes that they’re passionate about and it can be easy to feel like you’re the only one who cares about a particular topic. But the online world does offer some help. And I’m not just talking about Twitter. There are networks out there; you just have to find them. They can offer opportunities to learn more about the topics you’re passionate about, and get involved in discussions and debates about how to have more impact.
Here are some worth checking out:
The National Community Activists’ Network is a place to discuss, share and organise. There are groups on all sorts of topics, from cycling to environmental issues to voting reform, as well as those focusing on specific regions.
This is a forum concerned with sustainability of the planet and the people on it. It looks at both environmental and social issues. It has almost 20,000 members in the UK and beyond, runs a series of ‘groups’ focusing on different topics, and puts on meetings, events and webinars for information and learning.
The Civic Crowd
The Civic Crowd is a tool for discovering projects in your area. You type in your postcode and a list of community iniatives comes up. If any take your fancy you can get involved – or alternatively, use it to find a crowd for your own campaign.
The Green Living Forum
A social network focusing on specifically on green issues. Areas of focus include greening your life, food, making stuff and energy among other things. There’s also a space for campaigns and petitions.
e-Gaia is about informing yourself, finding out who (in terms of organisations) is doing what, and ideas for taking action. There’s also a discussion forum.
This is a network connecting environmental and community projects. The website is split into Clusters (which include topic areas and geographical areas), projects, people and events. It’s a way to get involved in active initiatives or you can use it to publicise your own efforts through the blog function.
Any others that you think should be on this list? Email me!