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CommonGround bridges the gap between the town and its residents by inserting a previously missing element: Interactive, asynchronous community engagement. Connect with your fellow residents about issues that affect YOU! CommonGround is the product of a partnership between the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure (iDPI) at UMass Amherst and Amherst Media


CommonGround is a place for thoughtful discussion. It’s a place to connect with your neighbors and to keep in the know about what’s happening in your backyard. We want everyone to feel free to share their perspective and to feel safe, welcome and respected when using CommonGround.

In summary, we ask you to uphold one main idea as you use CommonGround: These are the people in your town. Treat everyone here with respect.

You don't need an account to read the discussion on CommonGround, but you do need an account if you want to participate. To see the discussion on CommonGround without an account you can go to this link.

Terms of Use

Disclaimers: The Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure uses external social media as a public service. Any inclusion of external content or comments does not imply endorsement by the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure. CommonGround does not discriminate against any views, but it reserves the right to remove inappropriate submissions, in the sole judgment of the Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure, that fall outside our terms of use.

Terms of Use: External individuals or entities posting to CommonGround are solely responsible for their comments. By using CommonGround or other Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure hosted pages you are agreeing to our terms of use.

CommonGround reserves the right to remove in its sole discretion:

  • Comments not topically related to the particular topic being commented upon
  • Profane language or content
  • Discourteous communication including personal attacks on an individual’s character or appearance
  • Content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination based on any protected class
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Solicitations of commerce
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity
  • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
  • Content that violates legal ownership interests of another party
  • False or misleading information regarding town services