When the Seattle Community Network was launched nearly 30 years ago it presented a public vision for the future digital social environment that was still in its infancy.
Now, of course, the Internet, mobile phones, and other devices have penetrated every aspect of our lives. And their influence is growing.
But although SCN and the other community networks around the world went from being visionary and prominent to being marginalized by the tidal wave of commercial concerns, we suspect that SCN's initial public vision may be even more relevant now than when it was first introduced.
We believe that civic systems with the public good as the goal and without massive data gathering and distancing people from the issues that face us today, are both critical and possible. We believe that the civic side of cyberspace still needs projects like SCN whose vision is directed towards community and civic issues like the following: How do we make decisions that benefit everybody? How do we ensure that every voice is heard? How do we participate in affairs beyond our borders, regionally, nationally, and, even internationally? How do we take care of each other? What can we do to be good global citizens?
While SCN has been battered and bent, it hasn't died. We still exist and are now approaching our 30th year. But SCN needs your help.
At this point it made sense to reach out to the nearly 2,000 people who have been SCN users, members, or supporters over the years. We believe that many of the resources that SCN needs to help bring back some of the significance of our early project can be found among this community.
One of our basic needs is people who will help steer SCN, by serving on our board and in our committees. We need to expand the diversity of our human resources in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, etc. to better reflect our community and improve our governance. On the other hand, if you are interested in helping we are interested in hearing from you!
We are looking for people that can help us plan and make budgets and help us brainstorm. We also need people with technical experience - Unix / linux or user interface experience - as we do run our own machines!
We need people for marketing, project management, fund-raising, and content development. And financial donations, of course, are always welcome. Although our frugality has helped us stay alive we anticipate additional expenses in the future. We are a 501.c.3 tax-exempt corporation and your donations are tax-deductible.
We intend to promote forums and other online discussions and, ideally, support community collaboration and deliberation. This can mean sponsoring events, developing online maps, or a thousand other ideas.
Seattle is home to a wealth of ideas, imagination, and enthusiasm. Please help us rebuild SCN as a significant public tool and resource!
SCNA Board President