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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
From the web site: "The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is an international affiliate organization of universities in large metropolitan areas that share common understandings of their institutional missions and values.

CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve."

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National Equity Atlas - innovative data and policy tool
From the web site: "The National Equity Atlas is a first-of-its-kind data and policy tool for the community leaders and policymakers who are working to build a new economy that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous." This is a resource that can be used by community leaders, advocates, capacity builders, etc. Spend time teaching your stakeholders and storytellers to use it.

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18F Method Cards - tools to put human-centered design into practice
From the web site: "The 18F Method Cards are a collection of tools that describe how our teams put human-centered design into practice. We’ve gathered them here and created simplified instructions to help other organizations and federal offices adopt human-centered design into their own projects. These cards are focused on design in the context of digital services, but can be adapted to non-technical design projects as well. stage: beta". This is an official website of the United States government.

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Art of Scenario Thinking for Non Profits: WHAT IF?
This presentation by Diana Scearce, Katherine Fulton, and the Global Business Network community should be a "must read" for any social good organization, as well as intermediaries and resource providers. We all need to constantly improve in order to help create the future we want, with the limited resources we have available.

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Articles show uses of data and technology in government
The articles on this site show innovative uses of technology and data by governing bodies in the US. Share with leaders in your own state to stimulate duplication of best practices.

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Artificial Intelligence - Real Life Applications - 60 Minutes TV
This 60 Minutes TV show from October 2016 shows how Artificial Intelligence is being applied in different settings, and offers a peak into the future.

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Austin Area Sustainability Indicators - Education & Children
From the web site: "The Austin Area Sustainability Indicators Project measures sustainability and quality of life in the six county greater Austin region." Browse the different sections of the web site and see how data is used to support problem solving in the Austin region.

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Better Data needed. Forbes article.
This blog article makes a compelling case for better data to support social innovation and problem solving. I've been looking for data-maps showing locations of poorly performing schools on the individual school level, with overlays of poverty, and with indicators for English as second language. Such information could enhance understanding of root causes of youth performance in school, and thus lead to better solutions.

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Building Networked Improvement Communities in Education. Getting Ideas into Action
How to connect researchers and practitioners in on-going process of improvement that scales to reach thousands of locations and millions of educators? That's the question this essay focuses on. This essay focuses on an alternative social organization needed to structure and guide the varied and multiple associated efforts necessary to sustained
collective action toward solving complex education improvement problems.

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Census Bureau reports
The Census Bureau's web site is the "leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy". Browse the site to find a wide range of reports and publications.

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Census Reporter - helps reporters use Census data
From the web site: "Census Reporter is a Knight News Challenge-funded project to make it easy for journalists to write stories using US Census data. Expanding upon the volunteer-built Census.ire.org, Census Reporter will simplify finding and using data from the decennial census and the American Community Survey." Take time to visit and explore.

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Child well-being indicators - used in Wisconsin
There are many collective impact efforts around the country, and the world, focused on the well-being of youth. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I think they should be learning and borrowing ideas from each other, which many do. This link points to 48 well-being indicators developed by the Office of Children’s Mental Health in Wisconsin.

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Circular Design Guide - understand methods and concept
This site focuses on design of products that don't end up on a trash pile, but recycle as other useful products and services.

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CISquared.org - community problem solving platform
From the web site: "How do we build appropriate systems to empower all individuals to become contributing members of society? In a world that loves to entertain the debate, “Broken Person or Broken System?”, our answer is to focus on the process." Browse the site and join their on-line community.

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Collaborative Knowledge Mapping - 2016 article
If you're building a knowledge base to support an organization, or an industry, this article can be useful reading. If you're building a knowledge base to support a social sector, as the Tutor/Mentor Connection has been doing since 1993, this shows the time and talent that should be devoted to the work, which we've never had.

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Collecting meaningful data about your network - using SNA
This is an article that talks about using data and network analysis to understand networks. Here's the introduction: "The effectiveness of any collaborative effort — whether it’s a network or an organization — depends primarily on the strength of the connections that exist between the participants involved. Social network analysis (SNA), using mapping tools like Gephi or Kumu, is the most effective method currently available for visualizing that connectivity and for evaluating a collaboration’s effectiveness. However, SNA is only useful if it is constructed with meaningful data and applied with the “so what” in mind."

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Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS)
From the web site: "The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) initiative pioneers new models to create awareness of emerging sustainability challenges and of the role that each and every one of us can play to ease them through collective action.

The CAPS initiative aims at designing and piloting online platforms to create awareness on sustainability problems and putting in place collective solutions. It fosters collaborative solutions based on networks (of people, of ideas, of sensors), enabling new forms of digital social innovation."

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Combining Complexity Theory with Narrative Research - Snowden
This is a video of a keynote address given by Dave Snowden, http://cognitive-edge.com/, It's posted in Vialogues, with annotation features available.

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Constellation Model of Collaborative Social Change

The Constellation Model of Collaborative Social Change" from the Centre for Social Innovation (Canada). This article describes how a larger network of organizations are united by common purpose, with thin infrastructure and bureaucracy, and lots of flexibility and freedom of action by individual members and groups of members.

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Cook Central - Cook County Board - GIS portal (maps, data, etc)
This link points to “Cook Central” – "a mapping and geographic data hub for sharing information with the public. Cook Central is a one-stop shop for the County’s Department of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)."

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Counterintuitive Ideas About Motivation, Innovation, and Leadership
This pdf, titled "The Flip Manifesto", was created by Daniel F. Pink. The ideas can be applied in any organization, and by individuals at any level, to build stronger, more effective organizations and personal practices.

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Create StoryMaps using ESRI tool
This link points to an example of how the ESRI storymaps tool can be used.

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Creating Media Rich Map Stories - article
This article shows how students, volunteers and/or advocates can add text and data to maps to enhance learning or the stories they are telling.

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Data Story-Telling Tools - 30 best - 2017 article
This article point to tools many of us might use to tell effective stories.

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Data visualization by CleverFranke - examples of what's possible
View the video on the home page to see the range of data visualization work done by this company. Visit http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/mobility/explore#/ to see website created for CMAP in Chicago.

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