May 22, 2007

A new community forum

The interweb has allowed for all sorts of new forms of communication - blogging, MySpace, chats, and now the 21st-century community forum.

Oberlin, Ohio has begun an online forum to discuss community issues like their new initiative to get laptops for every student. For this issue, they've got 138 responses from voters in the city - and from John Memmott, the district's tech director.

I'm impressed with the city's openness with this issue and am curious to see if they're that open with other controversial issues. I'll be especially curious to see if this sort of open forum for discussion could work in larger cities where there are more people who have opinions out on the fringes of society.