Awareness-raising Action Initiatives
for Clyde, Kansas, and other Rural Communities
http://lone-eagles.com/clyde.htm By Frank Odasz firstname.lastname@example.org
January 14-17, 2001, the Lone Eagle flew into Clyde, Kansas, Pop. 800 for two days of Internet presentations for the Junior High School faculty, High School faculty and students, local senior center, local library and keynoting the Chamber banquet. The story begins with a short article "The New Gold Rush - Are You Ready?" http://lone-eagles.com/goldrush.htm Here's a few ideas and resources to get you thinking:
Keynote Powerpoint Presentation: "The Future of Community Development; Making the Living You Want, Living Wherever You Want" http://lone-eagles.com/coeurkey01.ppt
Rural Development Web Tour http://lone-eagles.com/clyde3.htm
Rural Development powerpoint presentation http://lone-eagles.com/clydeppt2.ppt
K-12 Web Tour http://lone-eagles.com/clyde2.htm
K-12 powerpoint presentation http://lone-eagles.com/clydeppt1.ppt
Rural communities are wondering what could we be doing, what should we be doing, to
prepare our community to take advantage of the opportunities the Internet offers us?
Hold a competition for the best Press Release on what your community could, or will, accomplish in the next 6-12 months. (At minimal cost, though the sheer will of being determined to make something good happen.)
1. Hold a Press Release Competition: Articulate a shared vision, and perhaps some tangible short-term goals.
2.Begin Holding Regular Community Technology Nights
Citizens need frequent informal opportunities to see how other citizens like them are benefiting from Internet innovations. Regular (weekly or bi-monthly) entertainment-style 1-2 hour presentations emphasizing visual web pages, digital art, digital photography, and digital music, presented by locals, particularly youth, would provide the means for generating initial awareness leading toward motivation to learn more. The social recognition for local innovators would be self-reinforcing. A sustainable local community-driven awareness program would result, supported with local and global web-based resources.
3. Create a Community Web Content Competitionwith prizes for the best instructional site, best local resource, best collection of resources from other communities and sources, best Ecommerce site, and/or the most entertaining site. Or, hold a competition for the best (fun, or most rewarding) hands-on 15 minute web tour; a self-directed learning experience using only text and web addresses.
4. Hold a Community Web-raising;similar to barn-raisings, bring your web-literate youth and citizens together with those who need help creating their first web pages. A community Web-Mall could be created in a day, hosting both business sites and citizen mentoring/topical resource web sites.
5. Hold a Teleliteracy drive- Similar to United Ways thermometer fundraising drive. Become the first community to achieve 100% (or a higher percentage of) teleliteracy as measured by:
1. The number of citizens who have sent and email and have
browsed the web, and/or
2. use email regularly, and offer their expertise via email
mentoring to the community and/or
3. the number of local citizens who maintain a topical resources
page and offer online mentoring as a way to contribute to the
communities learning goals.
6. Create a Community Mentoring Program using the following three short online courses as a train-the-trainers program. Reward with social recognition those with the most mentees that successfully complete the courses.
Three Easy Online Mini-Courses for Internet Beginners
Each of the following free online short courses for citizens could be offered as part of a community teleliteracy program with a certificate of completion and/or an embroidered patch awarded to those who complete the lessons. Citizens could mentor citizens with prizes for those who help the most citizens attain success by completing the lessons. Each of the following mini-courses require only four hours to complete and can be modified as necessary. Determine what your citizens need to know, and create opportunities for them to learn these skills online, either on their own, or with peer mentors.
Mini-course 1: Internet Self-empowerment - Becoming a Self-directed Learner
Mini-course 2: Empowering Others through Internet Mentorshiphttp://lone-eagles.com/eagle2.htm
Learn to help build the learning capacity of your community through successive hands-on experiences using Internet collaborative tools and instructional authoring tools for citizen-to-citizen instruction, and mentorship.
Mini-course 3: Easy Internet Ecommerce for Beginnershttp://lone-eagles.com/eagle3.htm
Successive hands-on experiences are simply presented to quickly build skills and concepts using free Ecommerce tools, services, and resources, with emphasis on identification of existing successful models that are the most easily replicated, such as Ebay auctions.