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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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Demo Night Chicago - forum for public engagement
From the web site: "Demo Night takes place every third Thursday of the month from 6pm to 8pm. Each meetup begins with an interactive presentation relevant to current public engagement in the Chicago area. The second part of Demo Night is dedicated to "open-space" breakout groups, which are co-learning and co-working groups created and led by attendees."

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Democracy Collaborative.org - building community wealth
From the web site: "The Democracy Collaborative is a national leader in equitable, inclusive and sustainable development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. This initiative sustains a wide range of Advisory, Research and Field Building activities designed to transform the practice of community/economic development in the United States. Another important program is the Next System Project, ongoing intellectual work designed to connect Community Wealth Building to the larger context of systemic economic transformation."

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Economic & Social Foundations of Collaboration - 2005 article
This 2005 blog article, written by Irvin Wladawski-Berger, is stimulating in its discussion of innovation and collaboration.

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EveryBlock - ollow what’s happening in your neighborhood and connect with your neighbors.
From the web site: "Our goal is to help you be a better neighbor by giving you frequently updated neighborhood information, plus tools to have meaningful conversations with neighbors." Browse the web site and learn more.

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Foundation Center's Collaboration Resource page
From the web site: "The Collaboration Hub serves as a home to vast resources related to collaboration in the social sector. This Hub includes valuable publications, questions and answers, links to videos and podcasts, blog posts, and a comprehensive, searchable collection of 650+ profiles of vetted collaborations submitted for the Collaboration Prize in 2009 and 2011."

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Garfield Foundation’s Collaborative Networks initiative - resource page
From the website: "The Garfield Foundation’s Collaborative Networks initiative supports the development of highly strategic networks. The Foundation will apply lessons learned during the last decade while developing the RE-AMP Network to another geographic region and/or issue, in collaboration with a new set of foundations and advocates. Our goal is to create collective impacts beyond what has been possible with traditional funding and non-profit practices."

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Generative Journalism - a catalyst for Change
From the web site: "Axiom News coined the term. We believe in storytelling as an enabler of strengths, and a catalyst for change. We have spent twenty years creating and co-evolving this model, and are recognized leaders in this form of inquiry and communication."

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Great Leadership - Conditions for Change - article
This article shows "three factors that must be present for meaningful organizational change to take place." It's one of many articles about leadership on the blog.

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How to JumpStart Innovation - The Relationship Economy - Blog
From the web site: "The Relationship Economy blog is a narrative about the intersection of technology with the human network by Jay Deragon." This article is one of many resources you can find on the site.

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Imagine Chicago - Cultivates hope and civic engagement
From the web site: "Imagine Chicago helps harness imagination for public good, encouraging and equipping people to become engaged in imagining and creating hopeful futures for their families and communities through both discourse and action."

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Innovation in collaboration - GitHub
This article describes how GitHub is growing from an on-line tool for tech folk and hackers to a platform where people can work together to solve any form of social and/or business problem.

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Institute for Comprehensive Community Development
From their web site we learn: "The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development was established to advance the field of comprehensive community development and the positive impact it has in urban and rural communities across the country. The Institute is a place where the community development field can take what it learns from practice and use it as a base from which to provide training, to promote research in comprehensive community development, and to investigate the public policies that would best advance this work locally and nationally. "

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LAP - Local Access Programs
From the web site: "The LAP Purpose is to nurture diverse, interwoven sustainable local communities globally by facilitating and modeling the emergence of computer-empowered, creativity inspiring, consensus building community communication centers and networks. Local Access Programs are any and all visual and performing arts, learning, mentoring, valuing differences, digital storytelling, networking, visioning, mapping or other programs that are consistent with the purpose and principles of LAP. LAP is a catalytic solution for locating, augmenting and propagating programs and resources. Any software programs useful in running LAPs are also Local Access Programs which can use LAP as a cause related marketing strategy by giving to and selling through LAPs."

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Management Innovation Exchange - "When nobody is the boss"
This article describes organizations that empower all members to share ownership and responsibility for success.

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Midwest Facilitators' Network (MFN) - now IAF
Many of the ideas on the Tutor/Mentor Connection web site have been learned by participation in meetings hosted by MFN between 1995 and 2005. MFN is now merging into the International Association of Facilitators, Chicago Chapter.

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Multistakeholder Collaboration for Healthy Living Collaboration toolkit
From the web site: "To assist stakeholders in initiating and managing multistakeholder actions for Healthy Living, the World Economic Forum and the Pan American Health Organization, in collaboration with Bain & Company, have developed the “Toolkit for Multistakeholder Action”. The Toolkit is based on a simple six-block framework to help collaborations structure and progress with their joint work."

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National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
From the web site: "
The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is a network of thousands of innovators who bring people together across divides to tackle today’s toughest challenges. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this extraordinary community."

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National Network for Collaboration - Framework for Collaboration
From the web site: "The Framework has been designed as a comprehensive guide to form new collaborations, enhance existing efforts and/or evaluate the progress of developing collaborations (Figure 2). The Framework provides common elements of collaboration. The common elements include: Grounding, the bedrock of collaboration is the diversity with which the people, groups, organizations and communities share an desire to collaborate; Core Foundation, the shared purpose and destiny of the collaborative efforts; Outcomes, those which are achieved by implementing a collaboration; and the Process and Contextual Factors, those which affect the everyday activities of the collaboration."

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Neighborhood Link - Free Interactive Web sites
This web resource helps neighborhood groups form communities and collaborate with each other.  If you use this please email tutormentor2@earthlink.net and tell us how it works for you.  Add a link to the Chicago Program Links and your neighborhood group can help us mobilize volunteers for tutor/mentor programs throughout Chicago.

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Net Map - Influencing Mapping of Social Networks
From the web site: "Net-Map is an interview-based mapping tool that helps people understand, visualize, discuss, and improve situations in which many different actors influence outcomes" Editor comment: This looks like a valuable resource. Would be valuable to work Tutor/Mentor Connection is doing if funds could be found to apply the talent to use it.

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Network of Networks - connecting universities
From the web site: "The Network of Networks (NNs) is the concept of a comprehensive network linking existing networks of universities and research institutions, enabling cooperation that will utilize the respective strengths of its members more effectively. By increasing opportunities for high-level joint research projects and student exchanges among members of existing networks, the NNs aims to provide a framework for the development of a new, integrated base of scientific knowledge leading to solutions for complex global challenges.
The Network of Networks (NNs) website supports this by offering a free search tool that will help you discover academic papers, programs and networks among institutions in the field of sustainability science."

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Networking Action - Organizing for the 21st Century
From the web site: "Global Action Networks (GANs) are a specific type of network. These are a new, innovative network that are addressing critical global issues like climate change, poverty, health, education, and human security. They do this by integrating seven characteristics. These global, multi-stakeholder networks are organized around specific issues. They include Transparency International (corruption), the Forest Stewardship Council, Social Accountability International, the Marine Stewardship Council, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Microcredit Summit Campaign, the Global Water Partnership, and the Sustainable Food Lab." Read more from the web site.

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Networking effect - Living Cities 2012 report
From the CEO letter on this web site: "The Network Effect”. The Living Cities collaborative began in 1991 as a handful of foundations and financial institutions committed to working together to improve the economic condition of low-income people in America and the places where they live. Today, two decades later, the collaborative has grown to 22 of the world's leading foundations and financial institutions. These organizations are not simply our funders; they serve as our Board of Directors and contribute the time of over 100 of their expert staff." For those working to bring people together to solve complex problems this report offers a lot of good information to support your efforts.

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New Models of Collaboration: GIS Coordination in New York State (1998)
From the web site: "The Center for Technology in Government (CTG) at the University at Albany is an award-winning applied research center, world-renowned for improving government and public service through innovations in technology, policy, and management." This link points to a 1998 case study that presents The NYS Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordination Program initiative as a model for data sharing and public-private sector partnerships."

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New Tactics for Human Rights - on-line space to network, share ideas
From the web site: "Since 1999, New Tactics has created unique resources – organized around the analysis of potential solutions rather than that of specific issues, geographic regions, or target groups – that allow advocates to clearly recognize the unique elements of their situation, and to seek promising approaches that have worked elsewhere in order to apply them to new regions or issues. "

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