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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Data visualization examples from Stamen - 2016 work
This article points to data visualization projects Stamen worked on in 2016 and demonstrates the wide range of ways data can be visualized.

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Decision-Making Process for Complex Situations in Complex World
This article is worth reading and discussion in any group focused on trying to solve complex problems such as poverty. It is one of a series of articles that can be found on the "Learning Change" site.

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diversitydatakids.org - measures of child well-being
from the web site: "diversitydatakids.org is a comprehensive information system to monitor the state of wellbeing, diversity, opportunity and equity for U.S. children. For a wider selection of metro data, visit our partner site, diversitydata.org."

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Dynamic Visualization, Communication of ideas. Bret Victor
This link points to a TED talk titled "The Humane Representation of Thought" presented by Bred Victor. The site also includes a list of links to follow for deeper exploration of this topic.

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Education around the world - great web site
This site includes graphs and interactive charts that offer insight into the rates of literacy among men and women in various regions around the globe and examines school enrollment and educational expenditures in individual countries. Nearly all of the data is based on statistics collected by UNESCO. Excellent example of uses of visualization technologies.

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Exploring the Role of Boundary Spanning in Distributed Networks of Knowledge
This paper talks about communities of practice, knowledge sharing, network building and the key role of people who the paper describes as "boundary spanners". If we can demonstrate to business leaders that volunteer involvement in non-school tutor/mentor programs is a way to help build communities of practice that connects people from within a location and across many locations we may open a new door to leadership involvement and financial support.

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Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (pdf)
Article demonstrates use of GIS, written by Richart P. Greene, Northern Illinois University and James B Pick, University of the Redlands. Dr. Greene and students helped set up the GIS system at the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1995.

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Feedback Labs - support for non profits
Interesting resource to support collaboration and interaction. Take a look.

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For The Sake Of ALL - St. Louis Org Supports Community Learnking
This St. Louis based intermediary uses its web site to draw people into deeper learning about community issues. Featured in article posted on Community Commons web site: http://www.communitycommons.org/2016/05/mobilizing-to-overcome-the-geography-of-inequality/

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