Online Community for Env and Dev.

I am doing a research on what kind of community/discussion forum will fit the project I am invovled in at the moment. Here are some examples of the community forums concerning social problems, environment and development. There are many softwares for these types of forum, and we are trying to identify the best one.

Dgroups……Online home for groups and communities interested in international development. They use PostNuke, free software released under GNU license. It is developed by Bellanet, a Canadian based organization which promotes and facilitates effective collaboration within the international community, especially through the use of ICTs (Information Communication Technologies). They also support a Knowledge Mangement site. Great job…. but I don’t think the interface is very user friendly.

social edge…… pretty active site on numours social issues. Event updates as well. It is organized by skollfoundation, which mission is to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. The organization was created by the first president of ebay, Jeff Skoll.

Omidyar Network…… Many active discussion groups. Created by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of ebay The visual design of the site uses plone.

LEAD strategic program…… run by LEAD (Leadership for Education and Development). Not too active, but nice easy design. It uses Fuse Talk