Brixton Online is a non-profit company that works to ensure local communities are fully equipped to take part in the information society at all levels. This was one of our earliest online community projects, way back in 1997, and we are still involved as board directors.
We originally conceived it as a ground-breaking online community network (one of the UK’s first), encompassing a wide range of community, business, educational and voluntary organisations across South London. Its aims were to empower Brixton businesses and community organisations by providing online local information relevant to people living in the area, whilst promoting an image of Brixton which accurately reflected its creative energy, cultural richness, interests and concerns.
Brixton Online has since become widely recognised as a benchmark for this type of project, and its model of information provision was quoted in the 1999 ‘Modernising Government’ White Paper (effectively the UK Government’s first e-services roadmap) as an example of ‘best practice’ in online community development.
Thanks to the team who run it, Brixton Online is now a successful training, support and Internet services company, thus ensuring its independent sustainability and commercial growth, and has been very active in the provision of accessible lifelong education for local people.
An online community network with real-world roots