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 Some of the thinking is outdated, and many of the links may have broken over time.

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 -- 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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