Day 2: Resnick and Jones
The Information Needs of YOUR Community
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
Leader: Mitchel Resnick, M.I.T.
Scribe: Nancy Jones, Community Foundation of Broward
Communityview.org – Central Minnesota – St. Cloud
- Calendar of events is well used
- Focus groups showed that people wanted in-depth information – not being used
Becauseitmatters.net – Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Community foundations can educate nonprofits –
Citizen academies - handson.org
State of Today and Related Issues
Rethink web sites – from the
transactional/informational to complete information resource centers.
The current tools in our industry are not developed enough to accomplish our informational goals – dashboard/portal
- How long do you own an issue?
- Do you simply provide information from other sources?
- How can we adapt existing resources to include new voices?
- New components
- New media
- Make them more user-friendly
Avenues to give youth a voice in our community
- Schools performance
- Existing school newspapers as vehicles
Reference Knight Foundation grant in Bradenton/Poynter Institute
Establish habits that engage them as youth – to continue into adulthood – their role as active participants
What can the future look like?
Connecting people with opportunities – mash-ups of maps/calendars/needs volunteermatch.org/charityfinder.org
– integrate people and things that they are passionate about with needs – meaningful volunteerism
What resources do community foundations need to move forward?
Need network/information sharing forum for follow-up, feedback to Knight Foundation, resources for best practices
Listservs – from
What are the sites that are doing this? What examples can we use?
What are the essential elements of these sites?
What are the physical places in a community where issues are developed?
- journalism interns
- video grantee stories
- video legacy project – why did you set up your Fund? Why did you choose our CF?