Explore the Guidebook

People learning internet skills at the Rockwood Library in Multnomah County

Section 1: Digital Inclusion Coalitions and Why They Matter

This Guidebook is for people who are already committed to working for digital inclusion and equity in our communities. And it’s for people who already understand the value of working together, across a variety of organizations and institutions, to advance these goals.

Attendees at work during the 2017 San Antonio Digital Inclusion Summit

Section 2: This Guidebook: Purpose, Process and What We Learned

Members of community-wide digital inclusion coalitions address digital inequities through their own programs, through partnerships within the community and by acting as one unified entity setting goals, educating and advocating.

People learning internet skills at the Rockwood Library in Multnomah County

Section 3: Starting and Building a Digital Inclusion Coalition

All digital inclusion coalitions begin from a unique starting point. The only common feature of emerging coalitions is frank, nonlinear conversation about how digital divides present uniquely in the community by a set of stakeholders who are working to address a range of societal challenges. These leaders use networks of connections to talk about how digital divides manifest in the community and to identify shared experiences for further exploration in a larger forum.

People learning internet skills at the Rockwood Library in Multnomah County

Section 4: What Digital Inclusion Coalitions Do

Like any organization, your community-wide digital inclusion coalition exists to enable its members, working together, to accomplish goals they can’t accomplish separately. And like any organization, your community-wide digital inclusion coalition needs a strategic plan to accomplish those goals.

Acknowledgements

The lessons shared in this Guidebook come from the invaluable input of the following coalition leaders. Thank you for your commitment to the success of this project.

  • Andrew Au
  • Bruce Clark
  • Carrie Coogan
  • Wanda Davis
  • Lorelei Gauthier
  • Rebecca Gibbons
  • Lynda Goff
  • Munirih Jester
  • Richard Milk
  • Julie Omelchuck
  • Jesse Rodriguez
  • John Speirs