In this material, we have outlined how we intend, in a 5 month
planning period, to research and build basic infrastructure for a strong
civic networking initiative in Russia and to identify 3-4 communities in
Russia in which local interest and infrastructure provide good opportunity
for development of civic networking models. In a second project phase
(following the planning project), we intend to build upon the work
accomplished in the planning project and implement 3-4 civic networking
sites in the previously identified communities - laying groundwork for a
larger civic networking initiative throughout the Russian Federation. For
this second phase, we will seek continued support from the Ford Foundation
and from other funding agencies whose interests coincide with the broad
interests and benefits of civic networking.
Our primary purpose in organizing this as a two stage process is to
provide sufficient time to focus on research and development of civic
networking in Russia before beginning actual implementation - maximizing
our chance of success in the second stage by beginning work with a better
base of knowledge, with ready technical infrastructure, and with an
identified community of interested participants.
More broadly, we wish to extend the benefits of the growing Friends and
Partners initiative by laying a good foundation for development of civic
networks in Russia and by linking these networks to facilitate larger
regional, national, and global "human networking" opportunities. We want
to continue fostering increased communications and exchange between
educators, non-governmental organizations, government agencies and
officials, students and private citizens - within Russian communities,
throughout the Russian Federation, and with citizens from other countries
We hope that the rapidly growing Internet infrastructure - coupled with
our own experience with and commitment to utilizing the technical
infrastructure for socially beneficial purposes - will enable us to
continue building better understanding, friendship and partnership between
individuals and organizations in our countries.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human, and therefore, brothers. - Martin Luther King, Jr.