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Introducing you to WellCommons.com


By now you've probably noticed the new, beige box in the middle of the LJWorld.com homepage.

Some of you have probably seen or heard us talking about the new health project we've been working on for the past six months. Well, today, we take a giant step forward with that project by introducing WellCommons.com to all of you, our LJWorld.com community.

We're really excited about WellCommons.com because it's a new concept in online community building: part journalism, part community activism, part social network. We really think this is the future of online news communities and WellCommons.com is our first effort at testing that theory.

We have built this with input from our advisory group — about 40 people who are involved or interested in some aspect of health care in Lawrence and Douglas County. These folks have been meeting with us regularly for months, and we could not have made this much progress without them.

When you check out WellCommons.com, you'll see that we've turned over more of the site than ever to our users and to trusted members of our community. No more is the site built on the "we talk, you listen" model. We want this to be a true community conversation, but also a safe place and a trusted source for people to exchange ideas and gather information.

To that end, you'll also note that we're requiring all users who want to interact on WellCommons.com to use their real name. Your LJWorld.com account will work on WellCommons.com, but if you're an anonymous user on LJWorld.com and would like to stay anonymous, you might consider creating a new account strictly for WellCommons.com.

For the rest of this year, we'll be rolling out more communities like WellCommons.com on varying topics in which research, data, and our communities indicate an interest. Here are just two examples: Education and Weather.

Many of the features you see on WellCommons.com will find their way onto LJWorld.com soon as well. If you see something that doesn't make sense, please do get in touch with us.

You can also leave questions or feedback in the comments below.


Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 2 months ago

This is a great idea and hopefully it will help people to understand each other. There have been a lot of very negative and insulting comments in the paper about those who receive help. They are down on those who get assistance from SRS, Social Security, Bert Nash, help for young mothers and the homeless shelter. Perhaps as we hear more stores from those who have received such help and changed their lives these opinions will change. Apart from the insult, they go a long way is discouraging people from getting the help the deserve because then they will perceive themselves as socially stigmatized. Of course there are many aspects to health care and middle class people with good jobs have their own kinds of problems. Maybe this will help to bring everyone together.

Leslie Swearingen 8 years, 2 months ago

True Multi, but this topic is so important as it does affect the lives of us all. I would hope that people would take part in this and put in good ideas. Thanks to all who made this happen.

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