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 7, 2008

Looking for Alpha Testers

I'm working on a new social networking site concentrating on community indicators. I'm looking for anyone who would like to help build this online community -- while coding help is nice, what I'm really looking for is people to test-drive the site and tell me what works and what doesn't and how I can make it easier to navigate, simpler to use, and more useful to gather and share conversations around community indicators.

If you're interested, come check out www.indicatorscommunity.com. The site is being built on an open source platform, which should give us more flexibility to make current changes and to add/adapt widgets and interface with other sites as we move forward.

I'd appreciate your feedback on the site. Specific suggestions can be made here or in the site development group on the site.

Thanks so much! We'll do a more formal launch later for those who want us to get it right before they join in. But I suspect there are a few readers of this blog that would be interested in being in on the ground floor of building an online community and helping set not just the tools but the community norms as we move forward.

If you have any questions about the project, please drop me an e-mail. Thanks again for your support.

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