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OpenIDEO - platform for creative thinkers and social problem solvers
From the web site: "OpenIDEO is part of IDEO, a design and innovation firm that uses a human-centered, collaborative approach to solving complex issues – a methodology we call design thinking. Modeled on this approach, OpenIDEO enables people everywhere to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to pressing social and environmental challenges."

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Optimice - platform for visualizing networks for business purpose
Optimice is based in Australia and offers a powerful example of ways network mapping can support business purposes. Check out the "friends" page. Add yourself and connect your network.

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Orgnet - Social network analysis software and services
From the web site: "Valdis Krebs, Founder and Chief Scientist, at Orgnet, LLC is a management consultant, researcher, trainer, author, and the developer of InFlow software for social & organizational network analysis." This site provides a wealth of understanding about concepts of social network analysis, as well as services that can be purchased for doing this work.

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Partner - Tools to Assess Partnerships/Collaboration
from the web site: "PARTNER is a social network analysis tool designed to measure and monitor collaboration among people/organizations. The tool is free (sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and designed for use by collaboratives/coalitions to demonstrate how members are connected, how resources are leveraged and exchanged, the levels of trust, and to link outcomes to the process of collaboration."
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Planet School - mind mapping visualization
This mind map was used to describe the Planet School strategy.

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Prezi - Engage Your Audience. Blog article

This blog article describes a new web based collaboration and visualization tool called Prezi

Visit this page to see how interns use Prezi to share Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC ideas. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/definition-of-issues/ideasanimation/intern-strategies

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Root Cause of Poverty - some recommended reading
In this Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC blog article I've aggregated some links to articles showing "root cause analysis" and thinking. If we can understand the basic causes that lead to acts of urban violence and to kids under-performing in school and life we might have a better chance of mobilizing resources to remove these causes.

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Service Design Tools
From the web site: "Service Design Tools is conceived as an open platform of knowledge, to be shared with the design research community."

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Strategy Mapping - Strategic Communications
This web site illustrates the value of using concept maps in communications of strategy.

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Studio BoomWehmeyer - explores different perspectives around society, culture and craftsmanship.
From the web site: "This website functions as archive for objects, making and academic processes. Working together with a variety of partners, academies and institutes studio BoomWehmeyer explores different perspectives around society, culture and craftsmanship. The studio work stems from an active mentality to work together on the expanding consciousness and roles of designers in today’s rapidly transforming, technological, social and cultural landscape. Many projects are grounded in research and maker-ship as core ingredient in their activities."

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Systems Thinking and Visualization tutorial
From the web site :"The Systems Group at the Open University is committed to the study, application and development of systems ideas. We aim to help people make sense of -- and intervene in -- complex and interconnected situations. We work with a wide range of issues and settings including: environmental decision-making for sustainable development; information systems management; organisational change in both public and private sectors; and integrated waste management." This link points to examples of different kinds of systems maps that the Open University Systems Group has developed over the years. It's an interactive site that helps users explore the ways in which different kinds of 'diagramming' can be used in a systemic inquiry.

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The Struggle of Narratives-Attempting to Visualize It - 2002
This introduction was posted in 2002: "However else we characterize the current world situation, we must acknowledge that we are involved in a struggle of worldviews (or as some have called it, a "struggle of narratives"). It may not be a Huntington's "clash of civilizations" but it is most certainly a struggle of ideas. However else we characterize the current world situation, we must acknowledge that we are involved in a struggle of worldviews (or as some have called it, a "struggle of narratives"). It may not be a Huntington's "clash of civilizations" but it is most certainly a struggle of ideas." The problem is still with us many years later. This is one of many papers by Dr. Robert E. Horn at Stanford University. Browse the site and make this part of your own learning. "

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The Toolbox - data visualization tools for social change
This site is collecting a growing list of visualization tools that could be used by social activists, non profit leaders, youth, etc. in any part of the world. Browse the site and bookmark the page.

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They Rule the Net - understanding corporate power connections
From the web site: "They Rule aims to provide a glimpse of some of the relationships of the US ruling class. It takes as its focus the boards of some of the most powerful U.S. companies, which share many of the same directors. Some individuals sit on 5, 6 or 7 of the top 1000 companies. It allows users to browse through these interlocking directories and run searches on the boards and companies. A user can save a map of connections complete with their annotations and email links to these maps to others. They Rule is a starting point for research about these powerful individuals and corporations." This site could be listed as "cool technology" because of what it's trying to do. Browse and see how it works for you.

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Understanding social networks on Twitter
This article talks about how social network analysis can help build an understanding of the different ways people group and interact on Twitter. For those working to draw people from social networks to a specific interest area, or a product/service, this offers a building block of understanding.

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Understanding Social Networks - Visualizing Networks
From the web site: "Network dynamics dictate the spread of information, news and ideas. They can help identify someone’s tastes, opinions and activity. If we can understand a person’s network, we will have a much deeper knowledge of them than if we assessed them in isolation.

By studying a social network we can find influential people, anticipate peaks in demand for products or services, generate more targeted marketing approaches and predict illegal activity. On a more personal level, we can also build communities, identify vulnerable and isolated people and help people find new connections." Read the White Paper on this site.

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Urban Design Courses on Race and Justice - Needed
This CityLab article says "Black students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design say there are no design courses that consider race and justice. Here’s an outline for one." Visit the site and use the ideas.

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Using Design to Map Root Cause of World Problems
This link points to a site called "Design Dialogues" where one of the statements of purpose says "Collaboration is insufficient - We truly need new ways of working, deciding, and organizing." In this link a visualization maps "49 Critical Continuous Problems (the CCPs) which were conceptualized as root cause issues of our current global mega-crisis." This is one of many articles on the site.

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Using Network Analysis to understand Git Hub network
This article not only provides an understanding of people/organizations who use the GitHub web site, but also demonstrates how this type of analysis might be applied to help build understanding of groups focusing on other social/economic/environmental and health issues in the world.

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Vensim - simulation software for improving the performance of real systems.
From the web site: "Vensim is used for constructing models of business, scientific, environmental, and social systems. Ventana Systems also provides strategic management consulting using dynamic simulation models." The site contains many articles and resources.

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Visual Complexity - aggregation
From the web site: "VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web." The goal is that "this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field."

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Visual Complexity Blog
From the web site: "VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web."

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Visual Language and Robert Horn
This article introduces Robert Horn, who, "In his most recent book, Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century, Robert Horn defines visual language as the integration of words, images, and shapes into a single communication unit. " Follow the links and learn more.

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Visualization methods - a table of contents
This web site offers a comprehensive map of the various types of visualization methods with links to each example.

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Visualization Models - Sustainability
This site has collected over 280 graphics that visualize sustainability strategies. As you look to communicate ideas this provides numerous examples of ways to do this.

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