Front Porch Forum

The great community-building that thousands of local Front Porch Forum (FPF) members are undertaking draws praise. Recent recognition and awards include:

NPR's State of the Re:Union featured Front Porch Forum in their national show about online communities, 2012.

The Block by Block Community News Summit featured Front Porch Forum as a model for community engagement, 2011.

The Knight Foundation selected FPF as one of its dozen 2010 Knight News Challenge award winners from a field of 2,400, 2010.

Case Foundation selected FPF out of 5,000 entrants for its Make It Your Own Award, aimed at promoting participatory democracy, 2010 and 2008.

Cringley’s (NOT in Silicon Valley) Startup Tour selected FPF as one of it winners, 2010.

NTIA granted federal stimulus funds to FPF for expansion to 24 towns as part of e-Vermont, 2010.

Vermont Legislature honored FPF with HCR235, 2010.

Best-selling author Bill McKibben featured FPF in his new book, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (excerpt here), 2010.

Next American City featured FPF in Open Cities: New Media’s Role in Shaping Urban Policy, 2010.

USDA featured FPF at Northeast Rural Summit, 2010.

Burlington Free Press named FPF co-founder one of five “Vermonters who know how to get things done” for the first decade of the 21st century, 2009.

Rural Telecom Congress gave FPF National RTC Champion Award and People’s Choice Innovation Award, 2008.

PBS MediaShift named FPF one of three national “great experiments around local news,” 2008.

Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy featured FPF at inaugural meeting, 2008.

American Press Institute featured FPF in Leading the Weekly and Community Newsroom: Connecting Neighborhoods Online, 2008.

Orton Family Foundation and PlaceMatters gave FPF their national Innovator in Place Award, 2007.

Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and Sunlight Foundation featured FPF as local online innovation at conference, 2007.

Personal Democracy Forum featured FPF as a local democracy tool, 2007.

National Night Out gave FPF an annual neighborhood watch Community Appreciation Award from South Burlington, VT, 2007.

City of Burlington gave FPF annual Neighborhood Leadership Awards, 2007 and 2001.

Cottage Living Magazine named FPF flagship area a “top ten” neighborhood in the United States, 2006.

FPF's Story

Read best-selling author Bill McKibben's take on Front Porch Forum's origins.

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