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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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The Pioneer Gap and Philanthropy - 2013
This 2013 article by Mitchell Kutney, based in Canada, ends with this statement: Investors need to start caring more about the social impact side of impact investing and less about the profitable investing end. The need is still with us.

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The Power of US - seeks to transform k-12 education
From the web site: "The Power of US is an ambitious, nationwide initiative that aims to transform K-12 education, and provide a customized learning experience for every child in America. This is a call for a major effort, similar to a ‘NASA moon shot’, with every student, teacher, school, and community involved in lift-off!" Browse the site. Read the articles. Learn more."

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The Rise Of The Niche Social Network - 2013
This 2013 article shows how smaller communities of practice are emerging on the internet to focus on issues of importance to their members. MOOCs can support such niche networks as can content libraries like this one. The Tutor/Mentor Connection is an example of a niche network. It has been trying to connect donors, volunteers, business leaders, non profit leaders, students, etc. for more than 20 years.

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The Road to Character - David Brooks website/blog
What is your purpose in life? How do you share that with others. Through his book, blog and this web site David Brooks is attempting to bring people together to focus on these questions, share their own purpose path, and inspire others.

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The Value of Volunteers - 2008 article
This 2008 blog article talks about value of volunteers, asking When was the last time you examined your organization's volunteer program? Could you, without hesitating, draw a map of a volunteer's experience with your organization from the moment they transition into your volunteer program, to the moment they transition out? While this is an old article the question remains relevant.

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The wisdom of Linus Torvalds - interview
From the web site: "Linus Torvalds might not be a household name, but pretty much everyone should buy him a drink to thank him for his work on software products such as Linux and Git, the foundation of so much of our computer-related work and play today." Read more.

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Thoughts about collective impact and community engagement - 2013
Jay Connor's "Working Differently" blog posts offer useful insight on ways people can support collective efforts aimed at solving complex community problems.

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Tipping Points Community Blog
This is the blog of an organization "that is passionate about eliminating poverty in the Bay Area." See the Tipping Point web site at

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Tips for Blogging in Education
During the 2013 Education Technology and Media MOOC more than 600 people posted frequent blog articles to introduce themselves, share ideas, and test new learning. Sue Waters created this blog post with many ideas for enhancing your use of blogs.

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Tips for creating animated GIFs
As part of the 2013 Education and Technology MOOC many people shared ideas for digital story telling. This blog has several articles that can serve as tutorials for creating animations and GIFs.

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Tips for running a MOOC from #teachtheweb
This article provides a tremendous amount of information about organizing a MOOC, based on experiences with this Teach The Web event.

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Tom Atlee blog - co-intelligence, public wisdom
Here's how Tom describes what he writes about "I'm interested in conscious evolution as an active and integrated process of personal and social transformation, as well as many subsets of that -- collective intelligence, evolutionary spirituality, wise democracy, emergent economics, etc. My main home website is"

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Touches of Sense - blog by French professor connect to T/MC
This link points to a 2016 article by Simon Ensor, a professor in France. It illustrates how people in different places are using their own blogs to introduce ideas of Tutor/Mentor Institute and others to their own students and followers.

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Tutor/Mentor Blog shares strategy ideas that can be used anywhere
This is the primary blog by Dr. Daniel F. Bassill, President, CEO of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.

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Understanding Impact of Culture on a Learning Environment
This article is titled "Culture and effective online learning environments" and focuses on on-line learning environments. the ideas about the impact of culture are relevant to any effort to influence learning, ranging from k-16 formal education, to efforts to educate adults about complex social, environmental or political issues.

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United Way of Chicago blog forum
The United Way of Chicago communicates much of its information in an interactive web site, which allows you can post your own comments.

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Urban Initiatives (Chicago) - blog
Read about the way this organization uses soccer in its youth development. Programs offered via public schools.

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Urban Systems Collaborative - Chicago
From the web site: "The Urban Systems Collaborative is an inter-disciplinary community that facilitates the integration and “smartening” of existing systems, and the creation of new systems with the intent of advancing certain individual, community and global goals (see below). The group is engaged in study, evaluation and modification of real-world information to reveal emerging patterns of urban behavior that are changing the ways that people live in cities and how these changes affect the planning, design, development, governance, and operation of cities."

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Using blogs to tell your story - 2006
This 2006 blog article is one of many that the Tutor/Mentor Connection has pointed to for more than a decade, to help ourselves, and fellow non profit leaders, learn ways to advertise and market our message to potential volunteers and donors on a daily basis. The lessons still apply.

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Virtually Connecting - What is it? Why add it to a conference?
This link provides information about what Virtually Connecting is, with a list of articles to read to expand your understanding. In one article this description is offered "Virtually Connecting seeks to enliven virtual participation in academic conferences, widening access to a fuller conference experience for those who cannot be physically present at conferences."

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Webheads in Action Communities of Practice
This page connects you with a world wide network of education, innovation and learning experts, as well as with others who are just beginning to find ways to adopt learning and collaboration ideas.

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Webquest - what is it?
From the web site: "A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web. The model was developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University in February, 1995 with early input from SDSU/Pacific Bell Fellow Tom March, the Educational Technology staff at San Diego Unified School District, and waves of participants each summer at the Teach the Teachers Consortium at The Thacher School in Ojai, California." Browse this web site to learn more. Visit the Webquest archive at

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What Connected Educators Do Differently - Blog
From the blog, "How do you stay current, relevant and up-to-date with the new technologies in education? What Connected Educators do Differently has answers for educators looking to start and cultivate a professional (or personal) learning network (PLN) to stay current and connected. Following are key takeaways from the book and from two other resources that go beyond the basics of starting a PLN."

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What I learned from Flipping the MOOC
This article shows more ideas about MOOCs and how to create your own.

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What I've Learned Blog - Intern with Tutor/Mentor
This blog shows how one intern spent 12 weeks with Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago, learning to use blog and network to draw attention and support to tutor/mentor programs in Chicago. Our aim is that many interns and students, at high school, and college, level, take this role. Just register on the Ning site to join in.

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