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On Monday April 17, 2017, the website Government Technology magazine featured an article highlighting the Divided Community Project’s new report Social Media: Strategies for Community Leaders. The Article, “4 Tips for Using Social Media to Address Social Division and Civil Unrest” emphasizes “preparation and trust.”
The article begins with a brief discussion of the social media report:
During the 2017 Government Social Media Conference held April 11-13 in Dallas, Texas, DCP Executive Director Grande Lum and Associate Director William Froehlich discussed the vital and expanding role social media plays in not only informing the public, but building consensus between misaligned factions.
The report, released April 11, is meant to serve as an “off-the-shelf guidebook” for community leaders and coordinators in the event civil unrest breaks out in their backyards. The document is the result of roughly a year of input gathering from social media coordinators, civic leaders and mediators to take a deeper dive into anticipating and addressing unrest.
The pair suggested the use of social media platforms to lay the foundation for more solid relationships throughout the community.