Today in my feed I received this article from the Community Commons organization, which shows how to use map stories in neighborhood collaborations. This article describes a workshop the Community Commons team was leading, which diverted from the planned script to one where the group was asking:
Building a team of people and resources to do the work required in Step 2 and 3 has been a continuous challenge.
I attend weekly Chicago Hack Night meetings at the Merchandise Mart where I hear speakers share interesting ideas about using technology to do good things in communities and where I expand my network of technologists. On this week's agenda I was encouraged to read this article, by Ethan Zuckerman.
In t he middle of the article is this sub-head:
"Make sure you're solving the right problem."
This is a long, and thoughtful article. I hope you'll read it. I've included a link in my web library to Ethan Zukerman's blog since the middle 2000s. It's one of many articles that I would include in the category of "data that already exists" which I encourage people focusing on the well-being of youth or reductions in poverty and inequality to read.
On June 14 I included this graphic in a blog article that I titled:
"Some focus on the act of mentoring. I focus on the infrastructure that makes it possible."
Data maps, and map stories, can show all the places in Chicago where kids and families and schools need a lot of extra help, for many years, if the result is kids in jobs and careers when they are in their 20's and 30's. I hope more leaders will use these tools and focus on what type of infrastructure and support systems are needed to make that a reality.