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"And? It's All Connected," - a Systems Thinking Approach
This site is describe as "a work under development presenting my (Gene Bellinger's) current understanding which has evolved from my four decade journey from systems thinker to storyteller."

if you're interested in solving complex problems visit this link then read through the pages. Purchase a subscription if you choose, but it's not required to build an understanding.

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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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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 Storytelling: improve insight-to-action conversion for a greater real world impact
Using maps and visualizations to tell stories that motivate actions of leaders requires a mix of skills. This article offers some important tips for influencing decision makers.

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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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Data Visualization tips and resources from Alberto Cairo
This Drop Box folder contains pdf slide presentations from talks Alberto Cairo has given about data visualization along with a recommended reading list. Take a look.

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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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Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic
This is just one of many infograpics on this site. Take a look.

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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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How systems mapping can help you build a better theory of change
Applying systems thinking and concept mapping to planning process and to communicating your theory of change is the focus of this article.

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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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Stanford University dSchool (design)
Browse the different sections of this web site to see all the ways the Stanford University dSchool "helps people unlock their creative potential and apply it to the world."

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Systems Thinking and Complexity Mapping Tool -
From the web site: "Kumu makes it easy to organize complex data into relationship maps that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to us." This is an innovative concept mapping tool. 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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Using Network Analysis and Social Media for Planning & Analyzing a Conference
This article shows how network analysis, using #nodeXL, was used in planning a conference and in understanding participation after the event. This is one of many related and interesting articles on the #ScottPublicHealth blog.

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UX Mapping Methods Compared: A Cheat Sheet
From the article: "Empathy maps, customer journey maps, experience maps, and service blueprints depict different processes and have different goals, yet they all build common ground within an organization." This article describes all four types of mapping, using visualizations to illustrate ideas.

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Visualizations used to communicate SDGs goals, strategies, challenges
This site illustrates an effective use of visualization to communicate challenges to achieving the United Nation's Sustainable Global Development Goals by 2030. Finding talent to do work like this is a challenge for most NPOs and social entrepreneurs. Offering talent is a role many volunteers could take.

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eLearning tutoral on visualizatiation
From the web site: "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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