Civic Commons Announces Online Engagement Services

Oct 18, 2012, 09:15 ET from Civic Commons

CLEVELAND, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Civic Commons, the social media site for the civic-minded, has announced it will provide subscription-based engagement services for organizations and businesses on a national basis.

The services are dedicated to building two-way conversations to expand and deepen the relationship between organizations and the communities they serve. "Engagement is mandatory these days," said Mike Shafarenko, President of the Civic Commons. "We provide an affordable way for businesses and organizations to engage their audiences in productive conversations around community issues, key decisions or products."  

In addition to recent contracts with Cleveland Cuyahoga Port Authority, CEOs For Cities and Akron's municipal transportation authority, the organization is working with Kent State University to engage its undergraduate students on a new strategic plan.  

The Civic Commons offers three tiers of annual subscriptions, ranging from a free user-controlled level to a "Pro" level, which provides custom landing page design and curation services to guide and nurture conversations.  Additional services are available on an a la carte basis. 

"The site differs from much of what's out there in social media and comment boards, because our technology is designed explicitly for thoughtful, productive and truly interactive conversations. We also provide built-in tools to help users to drive action," said Dan Moulthrop, Curator of Conversation.

In addition to basic site architecture, the Civic Commons has developed a widget called Your Commons™ that can be embedded on any webpage or media site. The widget displays a live stream and allows conversations to be syndicated across a wide range of publications and sites, connecting a previously disbursed audience into a single topic-based conversation.

"The widget enables readers across all kinds of sites and publications -- from niche to general interest -- to engage with others who are passionate about a particular topic," says Daryl Rowland, Manager of Marketing, Communications and Outreach. "What Your Commons™ means for clients is that they can easily syndicate conversation content and weave together a broader community of evangelists," said Rowland.

The Civic Commons, a social media site dedicated to civic good, was founded in 2010 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Fund for Our Economic Future.

For additional information, contact Daryl Rowland, +1-310-625-9731,

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