The cMap below shows how information aggregated in a web library can be used by learners from many places to solve complex, on-going problems.

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The problem I focus is captured in this question: “What are all the things we need to know and do to assure that every youth born in a high poverty area today is beginning a job/career by his/her mid 20s?”

I’ve been collecting articles and links since mid 1990s and host them in this web library.

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Then I’ve spent time every day trying to draw people to the library and help them understand and apply the information in the library to help fill high poverty areas of Chicago with needed programs and services.

I’ve used a print, and email, newsletter since 1990s to try to draw attention to the library and motivate people to use the information.

Here’s a link to the most recent newsletter.  And here’s a link to the newsletter archive, where you can view past issues.

While I focus on Chicago and helping inner city youth, I feel this use of information to support problem solving applies to almost any problem that has a spatial, or distributed need for services to be available in many places, for many years.

Take a look. Let me know what you think.  If you like what I’m doing, make a small contribution to help me keep doing it.

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