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 19, 2009

It's All Data: Twittering the Super Bowl

Just in case you missed it, the New York Times created a time-series twitter map of the U.S. during the Super Bowl, mapping the most popular words used, by location.

You need to check it out -- especially click on the "ads" button and play it through, and the "emoticons" button.

Two quick lessons:

1. Everything is data.
2. Data display technology rocks. What excuse do we have for still using bar charts?

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