Thursday, March 21, 2013

Webinar: Turning Local News Into Information Empowerment

The Knight Foundation is hosting a webinar titled: “What's Up: Turning Local News Into Information Empowerment." This free, one-hour webinar will offer tips and tools for community foundations and other mission-driven organizations seeking to bridge a digital divide in their communities. The webinar will highlight a unique partnership between MIT and the Incourage Community Foundation in Wisconsin. Together, they have developed “What's Up.” Recognizing that families who face job loss often struggle with getting information when they need it, “What’s Up” was created to deliver real-time employment service information traditionally found online into “offline” channels, including an automated network of digital signs, webpage, print materials, and an all-access phone system.

During the webinar, participants will learn:
  • Why it is important to establish easy access to online information on offline channels to reach all members of the community.
  • How the Incourage Community Foundation's What's Up initiative is informing and engaging local citizens in Central Wisconsin.
  • Key lessons from the initiative (so far) and best practices for other foundations.
This is a great opportunity for communities to learn from the experiences of others when it comes to designing strategies that bridge the information divide. Resident engagement is a core component of any community change strategy and it is important to consider the various vehicles that exist to share information, resources and opportunities for engagement with all residents of a community.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 3 at 2pm ET. To learn more and to register, please click here.

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