Community Indicators for Your Community

Real, lasting community change is built around knowing where you are, where you want to be, and whether your efforts are making a difference. Indicators are a necessary ingredient for sustainable change. And the process of selecting community indicators -- who chooses, how they choose, what they choose -- is as important as the data you select.

The Jacksonville Community Council (JCCI) understands indicators and community change, with more than 25 years of producing the annual Quality of Life Progress Report for Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region, and two decades of helping other communities develop their own sustainable indicators projects. JCCI consultants give you the information you need to measure progress, identify priorities for action, and assess results.

I'd like to talk with you personally about how we can help. E-mail me at
ben@jcci.org, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.


Thursday, July 26, 2007

Istanbul Declaration

At the OECD World Forum last month, delegates made a commitment to measure and foster the progress of societies "in all dimensions" in what is now being referred to as the Istanbul Declaration. Among the components discussed is the opportunity to create a Web 2.0/wiki model interative website to share, display, and discuss data and make information accessible to people all over the world. Read the Istanbul Declaration here, and the statements of support for the Declaration as well.

Michael Arrington, of TechCrunch, was one of the delegates to the forum. Read his article about the forum here (links to pictures provided!) Jesse Robbins (another presenter) shares his reactions to the conference, along with a video of Hans Rosling unveiling the beauty of statistics.

Here's Enrico Giovannini's closing talk from the OECD World Forum, speaking about the Istanbul Declaration and what it will mean.

And here's the OECD 2007 World Forum page with key presentations, information, press releases, and much more to continue to the conversations from Istanbul.

This is exciting stuff.

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