Digital Town Square: Building Community & Economy

 
"Lokkal has everything we want and need in an online platform."
- Susan Page, Executive Director, San Miguel Writers' Conference

"Lokkal revolutionizes community communications... helping those of us who are helping San Miguel."
- Nory Contractor, Executive Director, Patronato Pro Niños
 
Lokkal is local internet, a virtual town square, like the Yellow Pages for the 21st Century.
 
Lokkal is a social network like Facebook and a search engine like Google, but local, just for our city, with event calendar, personal profiles, pages, community Wall (news feed), map, forum and more.
 
A geographically-specific internet platform publicizing our city, here within our community and around the world, Lokkal is the one place to go for everything local.
 
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A cooperative project, under community stewardship, operated as a "public utility," free of commercial control, Lokkal is ethical, non-addictive, humane internet.
 
Like Public Television was a new kind of TV, Lokkal is a new kind of internet.
 
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The "People's Internet," Lokkal facilitates community communication, organizing and presenting the resources of the city: people, businesses, organizations, activities, events, news...
 
Lokkal is the interface between the online and the actual community. Building the local community and the local economy, encouraging people to buy local, making advanced technology available to local businesses, with profits to be invested in / donated to the community, Lokkal is the city united.
 
Better community and a better local economy will solve many social problems.
 
Preserving and promoting local flavor, Lokkal is an alternative to globalization.
 
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Anyone local (individual, business, organization, etc.) can make a page on Lokkal without charge. Anyone who wants banner advertising can become a paid sponsor. This income will soon fully fund Lokkal's operation.
 
In the meantime, wanting to keep Lokkal free of commercial control (venture capital), we are approaching the public to temporarily fund this most public project.
 
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Lokkal's technology is in place (website, Android App). We need money to publicize, to make the community aware of Lokkal. Funds will also be used for further development (Apple app, finishing the map function...).
 
I have spent five years and $50,000US (most of my savings) developing Lokkal.
 
Please empower this noble, far-reaching project. Together we can make a more equitable world, starting here in San Miguel de Allende.
 
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