One of the most common responses we come across when trying to introduce someone to OurPangea.com is the confusion and automatic association with current social networks. There’s always the inevitable, “Oh, so it’s like [insert social network here].” In truth, there are a lot of similarities between social networking and Community Networking, but they are not one and the same. Community Networking is the next step of online networks – taking the proven tools and structure of social networks and combining that with additional networking models, optimizing it for community use.
OurPangea replicates the complex structure of our real-life relationships and therefore lets you interact with your group in a more true-to-life way. The Community Network not only gives you, the individual user, the ability to define yourself online and connect with other users, it gives this ability to entire communities as well. However – and this distinction is important – it’s not about segmenting the different circles in your network, it‘s about defining the different networks you have, finding where they overlap, and discovering new people and things you’ll love. It creates a living snapshot of our collective cultures to create a window for cross-community transparency, understanding, and collaboration.
When you become a member of OurPangea, you’ll be associated with your location based on the zip code or city you enter on registration. From there you can find all the various communities, groups, and activities that are around you. For example, if you’re looking to volunteer in a shelter but don’t have the time to scour the entire Internet to find all of the opportunities in the community, OurPangea makes it easy to find out about all the different groups you can join that are nearby – or in a different location if that is what you want. If what you’re looking for isn’t on OurPangea, go ahead and create a new group!
So how are groups and communities different from other sites? OurPangea is specifically designed for communities and groups. What we mean by this is the quality of on-site engagement and value gained from OurPangea doesn’t decline after you leave the individual-user level. Group tools aren’t a band-aid meant to complement the individuals using the site, this is an effective and dedicated tool that makes group the focus and promotes strong collaboration to improve your group and community experience for yourself and all members.
Within your groups you can do more than just send mass-messages and create events; you can also create projects, assign tasks, and send custom communication to specific group segments – even giving you the ability to hold elections online for a seamless transfer of leadership.
OurPangea is grounded in the notion that we are all visionaries, and together there is no limit to what we can do. Come together with the rest of your community and see what’s possible.