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, call (904) 396-3052, or visit CommunityWorks for more information. From San Antonio to Siberia, we're ready and willing to assist.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Graphing Popular Songs

Here's an example of an amusing trend -- folks who are using graphing and charting tools to illustrate popular songs. You may recognize this song on the left as California Dreaming. (Click on each picture to enlarge.)

This site has 140 more songs similarly illustrated, including the great classic from Evita shown below using mapping technology:

Check out the graphs, and see how many you can identify. (Warning: Most are apparently current popular music, which left me feeling old and out of touch when I didn't recognize some of the songs.)

Hat tips: Information Aesthetics and


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