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, February 21, 2008

Beta IndicatorsCommunity.Com Now Live

My other project, indicatorscommunity.com, is now moving into its beta version. Thanks to those who provided feedback so far on which tools/widgets to provide, the interlinkages with www.communityindicators.net, and the need for clearer Help and FAQ pages.

Now I need people willing to register a user ID and start commenting on posts, adding their own information, promoting their own projects, creating their own groups, starting their own wiki pages, launching a new forum, pulling their blog in through RSS feeds, or anything else that strike their fancy. The goal of the project is to have a one-stop networking hub that links all of the good work out there on the web in relation to community indicators (and government performance measures and sustainability indicators and triple bottom line work and all the interrelated ways we're using data and indicators to make change and measure performance.)

This past not-quite-a-year on this blog has convinced me that there's a lot of folk doing a lot of really good work that ought to be able to connect with each other. Much of that work is happening outside my own country (US), and so I'm hoping the language tools built into the new site will allow people to connect and discuss their work in their language(s) of choice -- the platform should allow that, but again I'm looking for people to join in and help me see where any bugs might be.

The formal roll-out of the site is expected to happen in June. Between now and then, I need some hardy pioneers -- some folks who want to get in early on the conversation and help create the network's "culture" of interactions.

If you're interested, go to indicatorscommunity.com, pick a user name, and sign in. It should be that easy. (If it's not, let me know how I can make it easier.)

Thanks for the help!

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