Creating Knowledge Networks as part of Information Sharing and Problem Solving Strategy

This presentation introduces 4-Part Strategy of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC ad a strategy that can be applied in any social sector problem solving.

4-Part Strategy for Expanding Systems of Support for Inner-City Youth. Supporting Growth of Mentor-Rich Programs in Metro Area.

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Our goal is to expand the network of adults and organizations helping youth from first grade to first jobs and future careers.

Dan Bassill, Founder of Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011, has led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program since 1974. He first became connected to his mentee, Leo, in 1973. They are still connected today. Learn more at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/dan-bassill

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Problem: Helping inner-city kids move from first grade, through high school and into jobs and careers requires systems of support that reach youth in EVERY high poverty neighborhood of the city and suburbs.

Challenge:
Getting more people involved and keeping them involved for many years.

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For CHANGE to occur (or outcomes be achieved): All four parts of this strategy must happen concurrently and for many years. We all want more young people to be safe, finish high school and college, and be prepared for 21st century jobs and careers.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection has developed a 4-Part Strategy over the past 1993-2011 years.

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This information-based, networking strategy is a cycle that repeats for many years, and is available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet.

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3 T/MC 4 part strategy can be found at - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy
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While this is a portal that anyone can use to develop their own solutions, it also includes visualizations and maps that illustrate my own ideas of how the information can be used.

Vance wrote: “I found Dan's work to be very similar to that of Webheads except that his is much more focused on a tangible social goal. But both are exemplary attempts at bringing social media to bear on scaling our efforts beyond our immediate circles of those we can reach directly. Feb. 2012 http://learning2gether.posterous.com/dan-bassill-and-the-tutormentor-connection-in
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Step 1: Collect and organize “all that is known” about successful nonschool tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region. 1

"When nonprofit and community leaders share ideas, insights and information in ways that promote social impact...knowledge-sharing can improve organizational effectiveness. When we share what works and what doesn't... it results in accelerated learning, less reinventing the wheel, better service, and measurable results."
2003 quote by Mr. Tim Wilmot. Chief Knowledge and Evaluation Officer, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

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Knowledge as Political Power

"Knowledge and Praxis of Networks As a Political Process" written by Yannick Rumpala from the University of Nice, in Nice, France. Read more at http://yannickrumpala.wordpress.com/tag/networks/ “Mapping networks of information and people can reduce the feeling of complexity that any individual today can have when face with the world around him, the feeling of an inability to grasp this world. This feeling of overwhelming complexity leads to passivity. The visualization of networks can be a way to make the world perceptible again and improve the comprehension of it.”
Process improvement, collaboration, knowledge management, innovation articles – http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ProcessImp-Collaboration Learning and network building blog articles - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/learning

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Map showing range of information in Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Library.

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In these concept maps, many nodes contain links to additional maps or to web sites with relevant information.
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Map opens to new page with information related to topic.

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In these concept maps, many nodes contain links to additional maps or to web sites with relevant information.
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Map opens to section of Links Library with multiple links relevant to topic. 1
Links in library point to web sites that host their own information, and additional links related to same topic.

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For instance
As a result of participating in a March 25 webheads discussion
https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=educationaldrama

a) I added these links to sections of the library
http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/48512432/Drama2012 EVO Drama T/MC Library - Homework Help/Arts-Literature http://delicious.com/ssnhillyard/dramasped T/MC library – Arts/Humanities

b) I also posted the link in a Facebook group that discusses education strategies
http://www.facebook.com/groups/219724974712886/doc/242090132476370/

Thus, as I learn new ideas, I make those ideas available to others by posting them in my library and calling attention to them in other media. This is an ongoing process.

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Maps and Visualizations are part of the Knowledge Sharing Library 1

We use maps to show all parts of Chicago region where tutor/mentor programs are needed AND where existing programs are located.

With a map we can emphasize a need for distributed programs and resources in all poverty areas of the region. We must move away from idea of a few good programs in a few places.

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Maps and Visualizations are part of the Knowledge Sharing Library 1

We use graphics to communicate ideas, understanding that “pictures are worth a thousand words”

Graphics like this emphasize a need for programs reaching each grade level, and operating in all time frames, along with engagement from business as well as volunteers and parents.
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Step 2 – dramatically increase the number of people looking at the knowledge and ideas we collect and share on our web sites.

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How many millions of people will need to be engaged, and inspired, before dollars are flowing consistently to youth support organizations in all places where they are needed?

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Apply multiple strategies to increase daily reach and frequency

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Learning in on-going. Must be sustained and grow over many years.

Many Owners Needed in Many Places
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Events like Tutor/Mentor Conference help build public attention. Tutor/Mentor Conference held in Chicago every six months since May 1994

Volunteer recruitment campaign held in Aug/Sept since 1995
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Engage many in communications and network-building

Media stories draw attention to need for tutor/mentor programs. Blog strategies point readers to knowledge in Tutor/Mentor Library.

http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291/d/82595035-Rest-of-the-StoryLeveraging-Traditional-Media-to-Increase-Attention-for-Social-Issues
Leverage traditional media to draw more attention to issues.
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Tell the REST OF THE STORY after negative news is reported

Media stories draw attention to need for tutor/mentor programs. Blog strategies can leverage these stories and point readers to knowledge in Tutor/Mentor Library. Students in middle school, high school and college can create these stories following news in their own neighborhood or communities that they adopt.
http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291/d/69970749-Network-Building-UnleashYour-Personal-Power-to-Make-Good-Things-Happen

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Help Build Understanding & Motivate Actions.

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This is one of many slides created to help build understanding and support collective efforts.
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3 Helping volunteers, donors who don’t live in poverty, and who have not spent much time thinking about the infrastructure and systems of support needed is an on-going effort to change how support is generated for tutor/mentor programs throughout the a geographic region like Chicago.

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As result of steps 1-3 more people help mobilize resources needed by EVERY tutor/mentor program in the Chicago region and it other cities.

Motivating pro-active actions of individuals is goal

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As more people get take on roles that encourage people they know and work with to become volunteers, donors, leaders, tutor/mentor programs will develop diverse support networks and multiple channels of on-going financial support. Such programs will keep leaders in place longer, building deeper organizational knowledge and stronger relationships with youth, volunteers and community enabling longer and more influential connections with young people as they move through school and into adult lives.
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This is an on going effort with the need for many people to share roles for each step in the strategy. Multiple owners create decentralized strength and ensure that youth will have on-going support from adult networks. 1

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3 T/MC 4 part strategy can be found at - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy
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This is my network where I share these ideas. Imagine if many people are sharing and applying these same ideas in their networks.

Goal: Connecting talent, ideas, dollars to places throughout city.

http://cmapspublic.ihmc.us/rid= 1278252178630_757470672_27105/Network%20Building%20sites.cmap
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Form a group and begin to share this information in formal and informal settings. Browse the web sites below and use the information available from each web site.

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http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3299390 http://www.youtube.com/user/TutorMentorInstitute? ob=0&feature=results_main Connect with us on http://www.twitter.com/tutormentorteam http://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection
Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net Skype dbassill
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