Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Sharing Birth to Work Graphics

Imagine having all the wealth of Mike Bloomberg and being able to purchase millions of dollars worth of advertising to share your ideas.  I've never had such wealth, thus spreading the ideas of the Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC since 1993  has been much more difficult.

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Between 1993 and 2002 I grew our mail list from 300 people to more than 12,000 and sent a printed newsletter four times each year to share the maps and visualizations that I had created to communicate the ideas of supporting youth in high poverty areas with long-term, mentor-rich programs.

Then in 1998 we launched the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site to share these visuals in a library of PDF essays.

The financial crisis of 2000-2001 and our loss of Montgomery Ward as a host and major donor led to a discontinuation of printed media and we began to rely on Yahoo Groups, email, collaboration forums like the Omidyar Network and Social Edge, and our May and November conferences to share ideas. In 2005 I began to use this blog and in 2008 we added the MappingforJustice blog. Since 2009 we've relied more and more on social media, sharing ideas on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc. (see list of sites).

So let me show some Tweets I've posted in the past two days that share #birthtowork graphics.

Learn & Share
Anyone can spend time each week at their computer or on their tablet or phone looking at my blog articles, websites, or Tweets. While my voice is barely a whisper in the noise of the internet and traditional media, and I don't have Mike Bloomberg's wealth, the ideas I'm sharing can become a roar if more and more people take time to look at them, think about them, then find ways to share them.

This can be informal or part of formal learning hosted at high schools and universities throughout the USA and the world.  Here's one article where I share that goal.

How many times have you heard someone say "Our kids are our future"?  If you believe that then help share these ideas so more people are building the systems of youth support needed in high poverty areas of Chicago and the country. 

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