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Community Information Collection: A Shared Effort

Community Information Collection: A Shared Effort

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Published by Daniel F. Bassill
Collecting and updating information about tutor/mentor programs operating in Chicago is a huge task that should be shared by many neighborhood partners. Read more.
Collecting and updating information about tutor/mentor programs operating in Chicago is a huge task that should be shared by many neighborhood partners. Read more.

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Published by: Daniel F. Bassill on Dec 14, 2011
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Information Hubs
that SupportCivic Engagement andCommunity Problem Solving
What Will it Take to Collect, Maintain and ShareInformation that anyone in community can use?
Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Chicago, Il. tutormentor2@earthlink.net
 
On June 10, 2011 the Aspen Institute Communications and SocietyProgram and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation released anew policy paper that calls on community and elected leaders to adopt
sensible strategies to strengthen civic communication and citizenengagement
, including the creation of a new Civic Information Corpsthat takes advantage of the considerable capacity and creativityofAmerica’s young people and digital media.
Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication 
, by Peter Levine, urges federal, state andlocal leaders to adopt five specific strategies that are critical to efforts toreverse the troubling trends away from civic engagement in recentdecades. Levine is the director of CIRCLE: the Center for Informationand Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and researchdirector of the Jonathan Tisch School of Citizenship and Public Serviceat Tufts University.”
2011 policy paper calls for the creation of a“new Civic Information Corps”
Quoted from:http://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/2011/06/10/new-policy-paper-calls-investments-new-corps-young-americans-create-share-civic-info
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Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Chicago, Il. tutormentor2@earthlink.net
 
“Colleges and universities to make modest shifts in incentives and investments serve as local information hubs.Because of their physical presence in the community and the information and knowledge work they already do,colleges and universities could make a significant difference in the quantity and quality of civic communication.
Journalism, library and engineering schools and departments are well situated to partner with local communities on information-related projects.
Other knowledge that is scattered across the institution could be aggregated and shared with the local community.
2011 policy paper recommendations include
Quoted from:http://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/2011/06/10/new-policy-paper-calls-investments-new-corps-young-americans-create-share-civic-info
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Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Chicago, Il. tutormentor2@earthlink.net

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Teams of students from different high schools, colleges and faith groups could take on responsibility for collecting information about tutor/mentor programs in specific parts of the city and suburbs. Introduce yourself at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com if interested.

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