Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Other kinds of maps

While the article I wrote yesterday about how Generals and leaders use maps focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and traditional maps, leaders use many kinds of visualizations to help teams of people work together on complex problems.

No building would ever be completed without first having an architectural drawing, financial plan and blueprint.

Since we're focused on helping youth born in high poverty move through school and into jobs and careers, this would be my visualization of that vision. This is intended to emphasize the need for age-appropriate supports at different age levels and shows a role of business leaders and volunteers. It also includes a map with poverty areas highlighted.

If you visit the web site of people who want your business, or who want to be elected for public office, do you find visualizations showing what their strategies and commitments to helping kids to careers are?

Over the past decade T/MC has engaged volunteers and interns to help us expand our use of visualization. Below is the 4-part strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, created using free CMap software.

Below is a visualization of the event strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, converted to a flash animation by an intern from Korea. See more animations of T/MC ideas created by interns from IIT and the University of Michigan.

Below is a map of participation in a tutor/mentor conference, created using Social Network Analysis software. See more conference maps.

See blog articles where visualizations have been used to illustrate ideas.

See how Social Network Analysis maps are being created by volunteers working with T/MC.

These are just samples of work that has been done in the last decade. Imagine what might be possible if universities and high schools create on-going partnerships with the Tutor/Mentor Connection to visualize these ideas and share them with thousands of people.

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