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, October 9, 2008

Atlas of the Real World



The Telegraph published a series of 18 maps of the world that reshape each country according to different variables. The map above represents "Housing prices -- The size of each territory shows the total value of all housing, adjusted for local purchasing power." Check out Japan!

The maps drew attention in some unusual places -- here's Andrew Sullivan's blog discussing these maps. Isn't it fun to see mapping technology and data visualization techniques becoming mainstream public discourse?

There are more maps at StrangeMaps.com -- another one of the blogs referenced on the left-hand side of this blog. If you run across an interesting map, or use one in your work, please share it with me.

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