My-Issue-Communities-Map-2010.JPGNew York, January 31, 2010 - Last year 1,200 applications were submitted to the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge grant and we were one of 50 finalists. They funded 9 applications, most regrettably, not ours.

This year we submitted an application entitled Issue-Communities and are delighted to announce that we have been selected to enter round two. Our proposal promises to empower residents to create “Issue-Communities” reflecting areas of interest or concern. User generated web maps will enable the creation of self selected and narrowly focused Issue-Communities that will, ipso facto, engage their creators in the identification and resolution of local issues.

This year’s application differs from 2009’s in that it requires those claiming their projects will be ongoing to explain the business model. We proposed offering a publishing partner with exclusive access to Issue-Community activities for  a limited period in exchange for operating assistance. Let us know what you think of this.

Our proposal can currently be found on the Knight Foundation’s site. There you can comment on our proposal and give it a rating (we suggest giving 5 stars unless you can hack the site and give 6 or more).

For the longer term, we’ve also created a wiki page where our application can be found, and where we will provide updates on our News Challenge grant application.

Learn more about The Campaign for .nyc on our wiki pages.

Filed January 31st, 2010 under Neighborhoods, Issue-Communities, Innovation, Partner, Privacy, Civics

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