local community - global networking
Today I had a skype chat with Katri Sander from Communitytools - a project in development in Tallin, Estonia. She is project manager in this exciting and extraordinary endavour that means a lot to me. Communitytools is a very serious attempt to provide local communities all around the world with electronic tools for better communication and integration at a local level.
Beside the itch to scratch, there is also a strong resource base, because the same group is working with the Estonian contribution to the Shanghai 2010 Expo, Savecity is a really interesting contribution to the Overall Expo theme of cities and their future. The theme is "starting a community" and by that way the Estonian Contribution breaks the urban - rural barrier that we deplore so many times.
Community Tools creation was driven by the need to effectively manage communication and information flow in a local community. Even if people are willing to contribute and get involved, some really important communication issues occured. Organizing large groups of people involves fast and accurate information change. There was a lack of matching solutions for our specific needs. (http://communitytools.info/about-us/)
* Websitecommunity website for free.* MapsTo find what's important near you.* GroupsThere can be little communities inside a bigger community.* GalleryWell organized and geotagged photos or other media.* Post OfficeA local messaging solution
Great stuff alltogether - but they also seek to offer "world" to the neigborhoods, villages towns and regions: virtual communities of people that share their experience and knowhow in making our communities function to their best capacities. This is where Global Villages comes in.* StuffariumFor borrowing and sharing stuff inside your community.* Market and Virtual MoneyBuy, trade and sell locally maybe even with a with a community currency* Event Manager* Accounting System* Forum* Radio* Urban Planning Tool