At the action forums, we promised to help everyone who has participated so far to continue participating. For this reason, we have written an explanation of how to use CivNet, which we have chosen as an ideal platform to continue our in-person conversations online.
One of our action forum participants, Charlie Wisoff, is the creator of this unique and useful web platform. It was designed with the explicit purpose of getting people to take action on issues that they care about. Over 1000 passionate people in the Albuquerque area are already using it to make change happen in our community. Therefore, it is a natural place to continue conversations that were started at the action forums.
What is CivNet?
If you learn the best through video, below is a tutorial video on how to use CivNet + more info about what CivNet is:
How to Join CivNet
If you already have a CivNet account, scroll to the bottom of this article to see existing CivNet “Action Plans” which relate to topics discussed at our action forums.
Otherwise, here is a step by step breakdown of how to make an account on CivNet and plug into what is already happening on there.
Below is the home page, which can be found at beta.civnet.com:
If you don’t have an account yet, you can make one with a single click by tying in with your existing Facebook or LinkedIn account. If you don’t like that option, making an account only requires a username, email address and password. Sign up by clicking the link highlighted by the red arrow at the top of this image. Once you’ve signed in, you will arrive on this page:
Once here, start by clicking “Find Action Plans”, highlighted by the red arrow in the above image. After clicking there, you will find this page with a list of various “Action Plans”:
For example, if you clicked the “Issues” drop down menu, then clicked “Transportation”, this would show you all the transportation related “Action Plans” on CivNet. This happens to include the group we have started, “Greater Central Ave”, highlighted with a red arrow in the image below:
If you want to join the group, just click “Join”. Once you join, click on the title of the group to check it out.
What I Can Do in an Action Plan + How to Make a Call to Action
Part of the reason we picked CivNet as a platform was because the meat of the site is the “Call to Action” buttons we’ve highlighted below. CivNet gives every user the ability to both make a “Call to Action” and call others into action on issues they care about.
In addition to creating “Calls to Action”, “Action Plans” also allow you to make general comments, post resources such as Word documents or images and most importantly connect with other people who are interested in the same topic.
In the image below, we have highlighted where on the “Action Plan” the “Call to Action” features can be found:
We haven’t taken any actions yet but we invite people to do so!
What does it look like when people make “Calls to Action”?
Let’s visit a more active “Action Plan”, the “Improve Public Participation” action plan. Below, you can see some of the actions they have called for people to take:
With “Calls to Action”, you can decide how many people you would like to participate and reach out to specific individuals for participation. You can also set an end date for the Calls. For example, perhaps there is a meeting that you want people to attend on a specific day. When you create the Calls, there are many different ways to customize them to suit whatever needs you may have.
That’s the basic breakdown of CivNet! If you want more info about how to use to the site, click the CivNet logo in the top left corner and go back to the home page. There, you will find blue boxes which contain more help to get you started using CivNet:
If you have any additional questions about CivNet, the folks running it are always happy to assist. Email them at email@example.com.
Existing CivNet Action Plans Which Relate to Topics Discussed at Our Action Forums
Another reason we picked CivNet was because of the fact that many of the issues discussed at our action forums already have related “Action Plans” on CivNet.
Below are existing CivNet action plans which relate in some way to the conversations which took place at our action forums. Each of the listed “Action Plans” are links which will take you directly to “Action Plan” itself. Other “Action Plans” on CivNet can be found by using the “Search” function at the top of any CivNet page. Keep in mind that not all of these groups are active and these do not come close to representing all of the ideas discussed at our action forums. This is simply a way to help get you started on the site:
- Complete Streets in New Mexico
- Green Bike Lanes – initial goal of group was tactical action to add green paint to bike lanes around town.
- Yes ART Now
- Pedestrian Action Team
- ABQ on Foot
- ABQ Accessibility
- Getting From One End of ABQ to the Other
- This Place Matters Albuquerque – a part of the Make ART Smart Coalition
- University Heights Traffic Analysis – improve safety of Lead & Coal
- Create a Social Impact Hub in Albuquerque
- Improve Public Participation in ABQ
- Community Asset Mapping Initiative – being led by UNM based Health Center Alliance
- Sanctioned Tent City in ABQ – homelessness initiative, related to affordable housing
- Designing an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance for Albuquerque
- Our Land, Our Health Training – A project being led by Health Matters NM
- Support Local Foods Initiative
- MiABQ – Young Professional Retention
- Was this helpful? Do you use CivNet already? Any questions? Please comment below with your thoughts!
If you DO like CivNet, please invite your friends to action plans by clicking the Facebook, Twitter and “Invite Others to Join” buttons, which can be found below the name of each “Action Plan”. They look like this: