Community Organizers Handbook: Launching a resource for NetSquared Local and beyond!

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Over the last few years, the NetSquared Local network has grown from just a few groups in only a couple countries, to 70+ groups in 21+ countries! Those Local groups are organized by volunteers passionate about building community at the intersection of technology and social change. We support organizers with resources, assistance, and other connections, but we believe the most valuable resource comes from organizers having access to each other and sharing between themselves.  We also recognize that we aren't the only ones working in this space and the more knowledge we can share, with more changemakers and organizers, the more we can all be even better. So, it's with great excitement that we announce the Community Organizers Handbook!

A Resource for Community Organizers

In this space you'll find pages that cover all aspects of local community organizing. Pages include overviews, programmatic details related to NetSquared Local, case studies from organizers in the field, and available resources to help you be successful. We know that this space is especially valuable for the NetSquared Local organizer network because of the programmatic details included and many of the NetSquared-branded resources, but we hope it can be valuable for anyone looking for a guide to local organizing.

Why Public?

This space is public for a reason! NetSquared supports organizers around the world in creating community and making real impact. So why not share our resources, examples, and lessons learned to help anyone looking to do the same thing! If you want to join the NetSquared Local network, we'd love to hear from you. But if you want to use this space in your own work, we just ask that you help us continue to improve it - and we hope that's a good deal for everyone!

How We Built It

Initially, the NetSquared team created the wiki and imported all the resources we previously shared with organizers in piecemeal, whether it was in emails, documents, or even a private wiki for organizers. We then had something with enough information and structure that we could start filling it with examples from organizers. We did this in a "swarm" method, choosing topic areas each week and inviting organizers to input their ideas and case studies for that section. We don't plan for this handbook to ever be treated as "finished" since our network will continue to grow, organizers will continue to find best practices and lessons to share, and we hope that it can be a space that can grow with us.

Visit the Handbook!

This resource would not exist if it was not for the hard work and valuable experience of our organizers around the world. We hope that you can join them in using this handbook to improve community building and invite you to join us in the NetSquared Local network!