Action Plans for Starting Community Networks
This area of Educational Partners provides links to Action Plans for
Starting Community Networks. Strictly speaking, not all of these links
point to "Action Plans," but their inclusion indicates their usefulness
for planning and implementing community networks. If you are aware
of additional resources that should be included here, please email
- Online Resources
Goals of the UIC Neighborhoods and Nonprofits Networks
The 10 Project Goals listed at this site will make a good
starting list of the types of services you could include
in your community network.
Cell Theory and Methodology
The terminology used at this site (as might be surmised
from the page title) requires a special effort to learn.
But it is worth it to learn the new terms and find that
"The solution to the problem of community organizational
structural integrity lies in the development of a well-defined,
decentralized, grass-roots driven organizational structure
which builds on itself." (Page 3)
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- Articles by the prolific, ubiquitous Frank Odasz:
- Documents from Mountain Area Information Network in Western
Express Resource Guides
The State of Missouri has funded an effort to create up
to 80 additional CINs (Community Information Networks) over
the next three years in a project called Missouri Express.
This site contains 28 resource guides developed primarily
by people at the Universiy of Missouri Extension Office.
While some of the guides are heavily related to this specific
project, others are general enough to assist in planning
and implementing community networks.
- Other Helpful Resources
- "Status of Access Indiana Supported Community Networks"
This is a paper prepared by Mark Whitman, Project Consultant
for ACCESS INDIANA. It includes lessons learned about starting
community networks from the ACCESS INDIANA community network
program. ACCESS INDIANA has funded 22 community networks
in Indiana since July of 1994. A copy of this paper may
be requested from Mark Whitman at email@example.com.
- "Harnessing the Power of Vision: Ten Steps to Creating a
Strategic Vision and Action Plan for Your Community"
This is an 80 page booklet produced by the Cooperative
Extension Service of the University of Arkansas. This ranks
as one of the best resources we have seen for planning for
community networks. Copies of the booklet may be requested
from Mark Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org
- "Learn to Use the Power at Your Fingertips..."
The Community Networking Institute of Kearney, Nebraska,
has prepared this 20 page booklet as an informational and
planning guide for community networks. This booklet can
be requested from Steve Butress, Executive Director of CNI
- "Getting Started--Building an Integrated Community Network"
"This 76 page guide introduces the reader to key Integrated
Community concepts and prepares them for a Vision Workshop.
The guide is designed in an easy to read layout with, exercises
to help the reader begin developing an ICN in their community.
This book is intended for the telco as well as community
This description is from NORTEL's Integrated Community
Networks area at http://www.nt.com/.
Because of the "frames" environment used at this site, the
area on Integrated Community Networks is not directly accessible
via a unique URL. I got there by selecting their "Table
of Contents" option and then scrolling down until I located
the Integrated Community Networks link. On that page, the
"Getting Started" guide is under the link entitled "ICN
Resources." That page has a form that can be submitted to
receive a copy of the guide.