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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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Study of "How News Happens" - By Pew Research Center's Journalism Project Staff
Here are some questions this 2010 article addresses which are very important in 2017 and beyond: a) "Where does the news come from in today’s changing media? b) Who really reports the news that most people get about their communities? What role do new media, blogs and specialty news sites now play?; c) How, in other words, does the modern news “ecosystem” of a large American city work? And if newspapers were to die—to the extent that we can infer from the current landscape—what would that imply for what citizens would know and not know about where they live?"

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Synthetic Overview of Collaborative Economy - from P2p Foundation
This PDF contains an extensive "synthetic mapping and overview of the different manifestations of the emerging collaborative economy." According to the authors, "One way is to read this report for its encyclopedic survey of the various sub-phenomena." The link points to a wiki page that provides further descriptions of the report, and links to the full PDF.

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Systems Thinking articles - Systems Thinker site
This site is an archive of systems thinking articles published prior to 2013. It's a great collection of ideas.

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The Community Canvas - tool for building community coalitions
From the web site: "The Community Canvas is a framework that will help you build and run a new community, or analyze and improve an existing community. It identifies the fundamental themes to cover and helps you ask the right questions.“Community” means something different to every person. We have developed this tool in the hope of supporting anyone who runs an organization that brings people together and makes them feel like they belong, no matter if it’s an alumni organization, a sports club or an HR department."

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The Frameworks Initiative - improve NPO communications capacity
From the web site: "The mission of the FrameWorks Institute is to advance the nonprofit sector's communications capacity by identifying, translating and modeling relevant scholarly research for framing the public discourse about social problems.

FrameWorks designs, commissions, manages and publishes communications research to prepare nonprofit organizations to expand their constituency base, to build public will, and to further public understanding of specific social issues." This link points to a section focused on framing education communications. Browse the web site to learn more.

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The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Approach - Turning Outward
From the web site: "The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation is a nonpartisan, independent nonprofit that teaches, coaches and inspires people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together."

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Theory U and The Presencing Institute (PI)
From the web site: "The Presencing Institute (PI) aims at advancing awareness-based social technologies such as Presencing, and to support individuals, groups, organizations and societies by making social technologies available to change makers, innovators, and local communities around the world." Theory U is a book. "The purpose of the book, according to Scharmer, is to portray a social technology of transformational change, which will help leaders meet the challenges they will be facing in an increasingly complex and unpredictable future." Browse the web site to learn more.

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Transition Networks
From the web site: "Transition is a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. Here we explain what it is, why people do it, how the movement started and give you a sense of our underpinning principles and approach…" Visit the site and learn more.

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Value of Intermediaries - from Dallas After School
Collecting and organizing information that everyone else in a community can use to solve problems is one role of an intermediary. However the costs of this work, the value of constant maintenance, and many other roles are poorly understood and inconsistently funded.This page shows some values of intermediary organizations.

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Video shows growing collective effort in LaCrosse, WI
This video shows how an initiative launched by LaCrosse, WI schools is growing to build a unified system of school and community supports for kids. Note the emphasis on communications, information sharing and relationship building that are critically important to this effort as well as the long term focus of creating a "legacy" effort.

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Virtual Collaboration Overview - video
This video by Gene Bellinger, introduces systems thinking presentations created since 2014 that use Kumu and insight-maker, This focuses on virtual collaboration in a complex world.

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Web-Based Collaboration resources
Learn how to meet and solve problems via Internet based meeting tools. Read the Web - Based Collaboration section at this web site. At this site you can also find information about the Midwest Facilitator's Network, which hosts quarterly networking and information sharing meetings in Chicago.

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