Learning from six established community-wide digital inclusion coalitions, NDIA has created the Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook

There are many ways organizations and individuals can come together to pursue common goals for our communities: nonprofit organizations and businesses, partnerships, collaborations and short-term and long-term alliances. Each is “right” for some purposes and circumstances. The Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook is concerned with one particular organizational choice that digital inclusion leaders in some communities are making: community-wide digital inclusion coalitions. Libraries, community-based organizations, local governments, housing authorities and others in cities across the county organize coalitions to cooperatively address equitable access and use of communication technologies. 

The Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook’s focus is on coalitions of organizations operating in the public realm. A local digital inclusion coalition that can manage to keep operating openly, with a structure that encourages participant engagement and new participants, has the potential to keep generating advocacy, alignment and networking effects. In fact, the potential is also to grow them over time–i.e., to increase its participants’ influence and impact–no matter what specific projects the coalition chooses to undertake.

The Digital Inclusion Coalition Guidebook’s website includes worksheets that were originally created for the Net Inclusion 2018 Coalitions Pre-Conference Workshop. The worksheets are intended to be completed by individuals, followed by group discussion.

Big thanks to Media Democracy Fund and Cleveland Foundation for supporting creation of the Guidebook and Worksheets.

NDIA is available to provide coalition building guidance as a fee for service. Contact Angela Siefer (angela@digitalinclusion.org) to discuss.