This article was submitted for the May / June 2008 issue of the newsletter.
Join the Online Central Ohio Regional
The Central Ohio Regional Issues
Forum (CORIF), hosted by E-Democracy.Org, went live on
April 16, 2008. This is a great opportunity for
people's issues to be noticed by the media, elected
officials and other decision-makers!
Members can use this online forum
to discuss topics such as transportation, land use,
economic development, energy, government, or current
events and issues. Registered members can contribute to
the discussions, but anyone can log on to
the site and read what is being discussed. To
register, send an with
your real name and email address. You can also
creating an account online and join CORIF from
there. forum is set up like a listserv—members can send
and receive posts. To avoid clogging your inbox, you can
choose other ways of accessing the information, such as
receiving a digest, a webfeed, or reading online.
Members guide the topics,
although they will be asked to keep them regional in
scope and to stay focused on issues and ideas. For a
list of forum rules, including what may and may not be
A discussion about common issues
will benefit from diversity of opinions, backgrounds and
roles within the community. With participation
from all sectors of the community—citizens, media,
elected officials, etc.—CORIF will be a place to
identify common concerns, clarify and educate about
complex issues, connect with elected officials, and
disseminate concerns via regional media sources.
E-Democracy.Org is a
non-partisan, citizen-based, non-profit organization.
Established in 1994, the organization strives to improve
citizen participation in democracies and communities
through the power of information and communication
technologies. E-Democracy.Org hosts online issues forums
that strive for ideological and advocacy neutrality—the
goal is to provide a safe, open and inclusive space for
members of the community to engage in dialogue and seek
innovative solutions and prospects for change.
Local organizations, including
the Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the OSU
College of Law, 1,000 Friends of Central Ohio, WOSU, and
Simply Living have engaged in the visioning process for
CORIF, and will continue to meet to identify strengths
and weaknesses of the forum as it progresses.
Members can use this online forum to discuss topics
such as transportation, land use, economic
development, energy, government, or current events and
E-Democracy.Org is a non-partisan, citizen-based,