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January 24, 2007

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Dan Bassill

I attended a public policy forum in Chicago yesterday that demonstrated the use of maps to show poverty trends and population movement. Such maps can serve as a planning tool for everyone in the community if they are put on web sites. I wrote about this in my http://tutormentor.blogspot.com blog and provided links to a variety of web sites that demonstrate a use of maps to support decision making and community collaboration.

My hope is that as donors and non profits and public leaders begin talking to each other about social issues, they will begin to use maps to help them build funding solutions that reach all neighborhoods where there is a need for funding to provide services.

Without the map, it's easy to show a few high profile examples and still miss 90% of the areas of need.

I'd like to see people blogging ideas like this as a way of drawing more attention to the way maps can be used.

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