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.

This is an archive of thoughts I had about indicators and the community indicators movement. Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Regret Index

Because it's been nearly a month since I blogged about indicators in comic strips, I thought we might be overdue for a post on the subject.

Today's entry comes from Dinosaur Comics, an absurd online web comic whose panels have been unchanged for nearly 1000 comic strips (only the words change.) It shouldn't be funny, but it often really is.

In the strip, the T-Rex decides to create a "Regret Index" -- see the results for yourself here.

What makes this blog-worthy is that there's now a Regret Index, created by the comic's author, which allows you to vote on your favorite regrets (and non-regrets). As the T-Rex tells the Utahraptor, yeah it's just asking people what they like and don't like, but "regret index" makes it sound more scientific.

Not that I've ever seen any parallels recently in the news.


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