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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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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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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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City of Chicago Information Portal
From the web site: "The OIG Information Portal is a data visualization tool that allows users to analyze City of Chicago data. Currently, the dashboard contains over 100 ways to visualize city data related to the City’s budget, employees, and police department."

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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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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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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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Girl Hub - Nike Foundation Project
From the web site: "Funded by DFID and managed by the Nike Foundation, Girl Hub is an innovative approach to the development of adolescent girls in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Rwanda."

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Impact DuPage County - Indicators site. 2018 demographics
The Impact DuPage portal is a robust site with data indicators for a number of different issue areas. This link points to a page with demographic data. Browse the site to learn what else is available.

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Innovation - discussion from Knowlledge @ WhartonHigh School
Visit this page and listen to a series of podcasts describing innovation in action. The transcript for each is posted with the site.

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Innoweave - Practical Tools for Social Innovation
From the web site: "Innoweave provides free webinars, action oriented workshops, easily accessible micro tools, and coaching funding to implement Social Innovation approaches for community organizations." This link points to a section focused on "Improving outcomes for youth in Ontario communities through Collective Impact".

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Inventing, Innovation in 2030 - a vision
This is a 2016 article by Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer for HP and the Director of HP Lab that talks about how innovating and manufacturing in 2030 might look like.

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Knowledge Management in Global Health - video
The video on this Knowledge4Health.org web site shows how health professionals around the world are learning and sharing ideas in ways that improve health systems delivery for patients. This model should be available in other sectors, not just public health.

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Map Locations of Faith Groups; Find Demographic Data
From the web site: "The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world." One section of the site enables visitors to enter a zip code and get a map showing faith groups within a .5 to 5 mile radius. Also includes demographic data for that search area.

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Mapping Trayvon Martin Media Controversy
This article demonstrates a process of tracking media related to specific story and has huge potential to focus media from many places on social problems that need consistent attention. Read the article and dig into the Media Cloud tool that's being demonstrated.

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