Sustaining Community

Sustaining Community

Updated Feb, 17th 2013

Sustaining Community Twin Cities is an online local resources directory and social network connecting neighbors, local businesses, non-profits and policy-makers to make it easier to address emerging sustainability issues in our local communities.Watch Video.

The Map
1. List all major “players” in the system (eg. a marketplace may have two major players: buyers & sellers)

  • Neighbors
  • Local Businesses
  • Non-Profits
  • Policy Makers
  • Others - like schools and churches


2. List out any selfish reasons why each player would need their contacts/friends to join the service

  • Neighbors
    They would invite friends to share with when posting DIYs, sharing asks, offers and trades, and pledges. They would invite to events and groups. Could also invite by sharing offers, surveys and gamification from businesses and non-profits.
  • Local Businesses
    They would invite customers to their offers and events. Can post ideas and would invite people to crowd-source feedback.
  • Non-Profits
    They would invite others to donate to them and to participate in surveys or gamification systems. Can post ideas and would invite people to crowd-source feedback.
  • Policy Makers
    They would invite citizens to participate in gamification systems set up for various goals and to complete surveys. Can post ideas and would invite people to crowd-source feedback.
  • Others - like schools and churches
    Similar to other categories.


3. List out all things you could possibly charge each player for on the service

  • Neighbors
    Membership in program to access offers from businesses.
  • Local Businesses
    For featuring their business, for advertising, for ability to add offers.
  • Non-Profits
    For featuring their non-profit, for advertising, for use of fund-raising platform.
  • Policy Makers
    For featuring their program or service, apply for grants to provide gamification/behavior motivation to citizens on city/county initiatives.
  • Others - like schools and churches
    Similar to other categories.
  • All categories might also be willing to contribute (donate) as sustaining members (like MPR) for the public service.

4. For 2 and 3 above give a very short reason you think the player would be motivated to need their contact or pay for the service

  • Neighbors
    Tto access offers from businesses.
  • Local Businesses
    To gain visibility and customers.
  • Non-Profits
    To gain visibility and donations.
  • Policy Makers
    To gain visibility and participation.
  • Others - like schools and churches
    Similar to other categories.

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5. List the channels (email, facebook, text message, etc.) that you will send your users’ invites through and how you will get that contact data
6. Create what those invites will look like

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