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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 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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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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Genetic Atlas of Human Admixture History - mapped using Google maps
This map demonstrates a creative use of GIS mapping and data visualization. It shows research done to understand human DNA and its history, and how humans have
spread around the globe over the past 4000 years. See related article in NY Times.
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Integrate New York City 4 Me - infographics
IntegrateNYC4Me is a youth led initiative focusing on the unequal opportunities for youth in New York City schools. This link points to a page with a set of infographics that visualize these disparities. The format could be used in Chicago or other big cities.
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Know-Why-Net iModeler - visualization and analysis of interconnections
From the web site. "KNOW-WHY.NET is an international platform for sharing models from different fields.
The models are developed and presented using the iMODELER, which is arguably one of the leading tools available for the visualization and analysis of interconnections. The basic iMODELER is free, but there is also a more powerful paid full version available. The models can be explored directly in your browser."
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If you're looking for ideas related to visualization of ideas or mapping complex systems, this Google community is consistently sharing some work that might inspire your own thinking.
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National Neighborhood Indicators Project
From the web site: "The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) works to build local capacity, plans joint activities, and works in conjunction with affiliated organizations.

In recent years all NNIP partners have built advanced information systems with integrated and recurrently updated information on neighborhood conditions in their cities. Creation of this capacity, which did not exist in any U.S. city two decades ago, represents an important technical and institutional breakthrough."
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Social Network Analysis tools - list includes free and open source
If you're interested in understanding groups and networks, this list of tools you might use can be valuable to you.
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Social Network Mapping - NodeXL - Tutorial
This blog article includes links to various sites where you can learn how to use NodeXL, a free, open source tool, to map participation in social networks.
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Systems Thinking Resource Map -
From the web site: "This is an experiment in the development of a Systems Thinking reference network. This reference is intended to serve those interested in learning about Systems Thinking or developing a deeper understanding of some aspect of Systems Thinking."

Take a look and add a resource.
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Systems Thinking Tools - a reference guild (pdf)
From the web site, "Whether you are new to systems thinking or merely need a guide to available tools, this collection introduces you to dynamic, structural, and computer-based tools – from stocks and flows to causal loop diagrams and management flight simulators."

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eLearning tutoral on visualizatiation
This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. After this tutorial, students should be able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, to improve their shortcomings, to use them to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.
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A Better World by Design
From the web site: "Each year, Better World by Design brings a global community of innovators to Providence, Rhode Island to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Presenters share engaging stories, workshops teach creative skills, and discussions re-frame perspectives. Better World is an immersive experience that deepens our understanding of the power of design, technology, and enterprise to engage our communities and sustain our environment."
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A Blog that Communicates Visual Thinking Ideas

This site provides a lot of ideas and information for why and how people can integrate visualization into their thinking and communications. These are concepts the Tutor/Mentor Connection seeks to incorporate into its efforts.

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A Theory of Community Formation -
This blog has a rich discussion of ideas related to Collaboration, visualization and design.
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Action Planning for Teachers (and mentors)
This guide for classroom action research was created by
teachers for teachers. The resources here were designed to
support reflective and systematic improvement of teaching.

Use the tabs at the top of each page on this web site to explore the stages of
action research. The planning steps are outlined visually, and can be used by leaders of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs as well as by teachers in traditional public schools.

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Aid to Networks - Monitor Institute

Monitor Institute’s mission is to help innovative leaders develop and achieve sustainable solutions to significant social and environmental problems.  Extensive library of articles under title of "Understanding the Context for Social Change" .  Article titled "Working Wikily 2.0: Social Change with a Network Mindset" is well worth reading.

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An Information Visualization Class - What to Learn
This link is to the Information Visualization course being taught by Dr. Katy Börner at the University of Indiana. It provides a detailed outline of the learning that her class will go through to build expertise in this area. 
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An overview of current social media research tools
In this article, "Wasim Ahmed presents a quick look at some of the tools available to social scientists for analysing social media data and also reflects on the limitations of the platforms and the methods used for this type of research."
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Apply Systems Thinkiing in Strategic Planning
This is one of many articles available on the web site of the Haines Centre for Strategic Management®.
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Appreciative Inquiry Community International
Appreciative Inquiry Community International is a Facebook group that will connect, share, combine and co-develop the practices based on Appreciative Inquiry and other strength based practices and aim to spread these practices
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Argumentation Maps - Navigate Intellectual History
This site host a vast collection of concept maps by Stanford's Robert Horn. This paragraph from the site describes the service these maps provide:

"Until now there's been no way to track either the history or the current status of the debate.Robert E. Horn, author of Mapping Hypertext, the late 1980's work on organizing Web-based information, has solved the problem with a new communications approach. Leading a pioneering group of "information cartographers" Horn has produced a set of maps that promise to revolutionize argumentation and philosophical debate. "We originally conceived of these maps only as a teaching tool," explains Horn, who is a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Program on People, Computers, and Design at The Center for the Study of Language and Information. "But as they neared completion we realized that we had created both a remarkable intellectual history of the fifty-year-old debate and a clear picture of where the arguments stand today."
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Backward mapping in curriculum design

This example of backward mapping shows how it might be used in designing curriculum. This thinking can be transferred to desigining social actions that try to solve complex problems.  If you know of anyone illustrating this type of application, email the Tutor/Mentor Connection with a web link.

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Backward Mapping paper by Richard Elmore 1979 pdf
This article offers ideas for policy making and implementation, aiming for more policy that gives greatest resources and flexibility to those on the ground level of implementation.
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