Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Take a look at 2019 #ProsperityNowScorecard

On my Twitter feed today I saw this Tweet. 
I took a few minutes to dig into the ProsperityNow site. It's loaded with information.  Below are three pages I looked at:

This is a data resource for the entire USA. You can look at it from the state level, or from the city level. Zoom in and create a focus on specific places.

Below is an example of the type of data that is available for specific locations, in this case, Chicago.  I'm not sure if this data gets more detailed, showing pockets of wealth and poverty within big cities like Chicago. That would be useful.

The next image show ProsperityNow networks across the country, and identifies leaders in each city.  Since the hastag #ProsperityNowScorecard was used, I hope in future weeks that I'll be able to see how people from within specific places are connecting with each other, and how people from different places are connecting and sharing ideas.

If you've read past articles on this blog, or the Tutor/Mentor blog,  you will see my long term commitment to help build and sustain non-school youth tutor/mentor programs which connect k-12 kids to people who live beyond poverty areas and can open doors to opportunities.  Thus, my goals and those of ProsperityNow align.

Let's find ways to connect and get more people involved.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Browse map showing populations of cities throughout world

If you love maps the way I do you'll enjoy using this platform, which shows population of cities throughout the world, on an interactive human terrain map.

Below is one screen shot showing the Midwest part of the USA.

Chicago is in the center. Indianapolis, Detroit and Minneapolis also shown
I moved the map to the East and created another screen shot. 

Chicago is at the left and Pittsburgh and Toronto at the right
I put arrows on the map to indicate that cities with large populations probably have areas of concentrated poverty, where a Tutor/Mentor Connection type strategy could be useful.  

You can view any part of the  world. In the upper right is a population count for the area shown as you move to different parts of the country. That's a neat feature.  You can also create a view that compares 1990 to 2015. Try it out.

Below is a view of the West Coast of Africa, centered on the nation of Nigeria.  

Nigeria on continent of Africa

I've had contact with several people from Africa since the early 2000s who have shown interest in the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy.  No one yet has been able to come forward with the resources and manpower to duplicate it yet.  

It's needed.