THE DIVIDED COMMUNITY PROJECT
Strategies for Community Leaders
Divided Communities and Social Media
In terms of new opportunities in the context of community division, community leaders can now use social media and apps to provide a reliable source of information for residents, to improve their ability to hear and serve constituents, and to strengthen connections among residents and their pride in community.
In terms of new challenges, unrest can occur with little warning; those concerned about an issue now have inexpensive and effective ways to tell a story, stir emotions, create a sense of involvement in a larger movement, and give notice of protest plans.
This report offers strategies for community leaders dealing with community division against the backdrop of these opportunities and challenges.
Divided Communities and Social Media: Strategies for Community Leaders, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
With the following exceptions, credit photos to the Divided Community Project under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0:
- Top of the page & Part I, CC BY-NC 2.0, peoplesworld, Ferguson October 2014, July 6, 2006
- Trusted Online Information Sources, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, janmennens, Trust?, Oct. 13, 2010
- Increase Resident Input, CC BY 2.0, Tony Webster, Jamar Clark Listening Session – Minneapolis Police, Nov. 15, 2015
- Combat Hate and Discrimination, Sesame Street, Sesame Street: Let’s Be Friends, Youtube, Oct. 3, 2014.
- Use Social Media Data, Twitter Analytics
- Part IV & V, CC BY 2.0, Mark Kens, Social Media Could by Techndu, Dec. 4, 2012