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.


Friday, August 1, 2008

Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN)

An alert reader pointed out that I had failed to list the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) as a resource for indicators-minded people (since corrected.) I think many of you may be interested in the work they're doing and the learning events, listserve, and resources they offer, even if you're not living in Canada.

Here's what they offer in terms of learning events:

CSIN, with support from the Knowledge Integration Strategies office at Environment Canada and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), is enabling indicator practitioners from across Canada to make connections.

Using Web-conferencing technology, practitioners gather around the virtual meeting table to learn about each other's initiatives and to get feedback on their own work. Learning Events are designed and presented by CSIN members themselves and are open to all members.

Participants to date have come from city and provincial planning and/or environment/resource departments; multi-stakeholder watershed-based coalitions; academic institutions; national and community NGOs; federal indicator programs; and sustainability think tanks.

In an effort to record and make accessible the information that is shared during learning events, presentations, summaries and reports developed for or from the learning events are provided where possible. Please contact the
CSIN Coordinator if you require any further information.

They also offer a listserve and other resources of value to the indicators practitioner.

Check it out! And keep sending me information I can share with readers of this blog.

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