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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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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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Measure of America - understanding well-being and opportunity in America
This is a robust site serving as a platform and tool for " providing easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about the issues we all care about."

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Network Map Graph of knowledge disciplines
The Center for Curriculum reDesign has created this graph to "show the interconnections between knowledge disciplines contained within the links of Wikipedia." The Tutor/Mentor Connection has wanted to create a similar map of the information in this web library for many years. Great work.

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New Community Paradigms wiki library - map of contents
From the wiki: "This site is designed to provide resources to those seeking to write new rules for their community that are chosen directly by the community itself rather than imposed by institutions.

It provides access to online resources and advocacy communities so as to add to the knowledge and hopefully some wisdom in making stronger communities. Its mission is to endeavor to help others in defining a new and hopefully better future for themselves by creating a set of new community paradigms." Look at how the concept map on the site helps people navigate the different sub sections within this library.

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New York State Prevention Agenda Dashboard - State Level
The Dashboard is a resource of The Prevention Agenda 2013-2018, which "is the blueprint for state and local action to improve the health of New Yorkers in five priority areas and to reduce health disparities for racial, ethnic, disability, and low socioeconomic groups, as well as other populations who experience them."

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Our World of Data - History of Global Living Conditions in 5 charts
From the web site: "Our World in Data (OWID) is an online publication that shows how living conditions are changing. The aim is to give a global overview and to show changes over the very long run, so that we can see where we are coming from and where we are today." All data published on the website is available for download

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Our World of Data - Use to create data stories
From the web site: "OurWorldInData is an online publication that shows how living conditions around the world are changing. It communicates this empirical knowledge through interactive data visualisations (charts and maps) and by presenting the research findings on global development that explain what drives the changes that we see and what the consequences of these changes are."

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PRB (Population Reference Bureau) - data, maps, research
The Population Reference Bureau disseminates data and research to support evidence-based policies that improve people’s lives.

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Predicting trends using longitudinal census data
This link points to an article titled "Predicting gentrification using longitudinal census data" This use of data, and the analysis, can be an example of how others might use data to draw attention to trends that negatively affect some people while benefiting others.

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Read/Write Library-Chicago - community media archive
From the web site: "Read/Write Library collects, preserves, and provides access to community media in order to inspire and promote diverse modes of cultural production and civic engagement. We strive to raise the visibility of work produced by Chicagoans of all backgrounds in order to reveal connective threads across neighborhoods, generations, and cultures and to encourage inquiry into and ownership of the historical record. The Library recognizes the contributions that all community members make to co-creating a city and believes that learning to value these stories plays a vital role in building empathy, community pride, and the ability to see oneself as a change agent."

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Resource Watch - dynamic platform that leverages technology, data, and human networks
From the web site: "Resource Watch features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens. Users can visualize challenges facing people and the planet, from climate change to poverty, water risk to state instability, air pollution to human migration, and more." As of 2018 this site is in beta.

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TED Talk Video - We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads"
As artificial intelligence use grows, it's use to influence behavior of people throughout the world, without their knowing it, is a growing danger. View the entire 24 minute video.

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The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
From the web site: "There is a fundamental problem at the heart of the efforts to eradicate extreme poverty — a problem of unreliable or non-existent data and the lack of skills and willingness to use it. The Global Partnership on Sustainable Development Data is a response to that crisis."

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TRIZ - at Oxford Creativity
This UK consulting firm applies TRIZ, Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, in its work. On the web site: "We can help you build and strengthen the creative power of your organisation. We work at organisational, team and individual level to achieve this. Innovation and creativity at team and individual level can be enormously enhanced through the effective use of TRIZ, a proven technique for systematic problem solving that was originally developed in the former Soviet Union and has been extensively used and researched for over 50 years."

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TRIZ - What is it?
This article describes TRIZ (Theory of Inventive Problem Solving), which is a process developed in the years since WWII. The article says "TRIZ is a problem solving method based on logic and data, not intuition, which accelerates the project team’s ability to solve these problems creatively " The Tutor/Mentor Connection web library is intended to support creativity and innovation in the youth development and anti poverty fields of work.

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Understanding context in solving complex problems - article
The title of this article is From an isolated laboratory to a world where "context is everything". The article address three questions: " 1) Why is it so difficult to replicate stories of success? 2) Why is it so difficult to "scale" good solutions when we find them? 3) Why there are no simple recipes for solving today's biggest challenges?

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Using data to drive investment and impact
This article shows how a "gap analysis" of youth serving programs in Philadelphia led to investments in supporting expansion of existing programs. This is the way maps created by Tutor/Mentor Connection since 1993 were intended to be used, to draw resources to existing programs, while helping fill gaps where more were needed.

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Using SenseMaker to Understand Girls' Lives: Lessons Learnt from Girl Hub
From the article: "This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "SenseMaker draws upon anthropology, complexity theory and neuroscience. The methodology involves collecting large numbers of short stories that, together, create a nuanced picture of a given topic, in the same way that many pixels come together to produce a clear image."

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Why Curation Will Transform Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons
From the web site: "Content curation will play a major role both in the way we "teach" and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem."

Content curation is a new term for "knowledge management". This 2012 article shows reasons this will be a valuable and powerful force in the coming century. Many new technologies supporting curation since this was written.

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Innovation Network for Communities (INC)
From the web site: "The Innovation Network for Communities (INC) is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and spread scalable innovations that transform the performance of community systems. INC works in three primary sectors: urban sustainability, high performing urban K-12 school; and adult workforce development."

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2015 Menino Survey of US Mayors
From the web site: "The survey focuses on a wide range of policy challenges and issues currently facing mayors in the United States. Using both open-ended and closed-ended questions, we explore mayors’ perspectives about policy making, infrastructure, policing, relationships with federal and state government, housing, biking, and financial challenges. The mix of question types and topics enables us to provide insight into mayoral views across a variety of highly topical areas."

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A Leader's Framework for Decision Making - HBR article
Thanks to Bruce Waltuck for sharing this HBR article on leadership, written by David J. Snowden and Mary E. Boone.

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A Toolbox for Creativity & Innovation
From the web site: "Mycoted is a company dedicated to improving Creativity and Innovation for solving problems worldwide, with that in mind, we provide a central repository for Creativity and Innovation on the Internet as a summary of tools, techniques, mind exercises, puzzles, book reviews etc, that is open to all - and can be written by all."

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Action Research - Overview (1998 article)
From the web site: "This paper will answer the question “What is Action Research?”, giving an overview of its processes and principles, stating when it is appropriate to use, and situating it within a praxis research paradigm. The evolution of the approach will be described, including the various kinds of action research being used today. The role of the action researcher will be briefly mentioned, and some ethical considerations discussed. The tools of the action researcher, particularly that of the use of search conferences, will be explained. Finally three case studies will be briefly described, two of which pertain to action research projects involving information technology, a promising area needing further research." Compare what is written in this article to what is happening 20 years later.

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