What if you had 26,000 community revitalization practitioners in the same room? Organizers, developers, funders, policy people. Who would you want to talk to first?
That's the premise behind a new "social networking site" being developed by Webitects in Chicago to let people who are working to improve communities find each other and share knowledge. There is a lot of interesting work being done, but many groups are not aware of what other like-minded organizations are doing. CommunityCollab is striving to remedy that.
The official public release is scheduled for January 1, 2009, but you can sign up now to be an early participant. The first beta release is expected in late July. (About 260 people from organizations around the country who attended the NCP "Getting It Done" conference in March have signed up so far. The poster above is a tag cloud of attendee cities from that conference.)
CommunityCollab is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and LISC.