Summer/Fall 2012 Blogspot
Subject: 2012 CELEBRATING 12th GENERATION OF BEN FRANKLIN’S ALMANAC & DASHBOARD CALENDAR TOOLS
It’s been 6 years since 2006 blogspot posting to commemorate Paul Revere as
first digital citizen (one if by land, two if by sea… etc Redcoats are coming
to Lexington and ).
Since then, widening people + communication networks have walked many miles, in many seasons to improve lives and communities “thru broadband” infrastructure and services.
Calling again on history in 2012, we recall Ben Franklin who began as an apprentice printer, and then distributor of Poor Richard’s Almanack, beginning in 1732, 280 years ago. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poor_Richard's_Almanack,
Among Ben Franklin’s contributions was the start of a lending library in
. In celebration, see Philadelphia with Turtles and Tortoises graphic in
commemoration of a library Grandparents Reading to Kids program, described in
Awareness section below. Reading
We now have an opportunity to begin and share a calendar of 4 season postings about improving lives and communities through people + communication tools. We know that with communities working together we can build and sustain “real and permanent” community business and anchor institution activities, each in its season. These activities - from winter visioning events, to spring cleanup, plantings and ground-breakings, to summer fairs and community expo’s, and to fall back to school and health outreach events.- are “building blocks” to improve every community, lift every boat, in America, and partner with public-private-Watershed communities around the World. As a side note on the impacts of people working together, see interesting article on Community Collaboratives: 12 Profiles of Community-Wide Change
Meanwhile, below are thoughts and resources to share in A, B, C, D, E form (Awareness and Access, Building Blocks,
, Documents for
Decision making, and Everything Else) to use everyday, and in times of
emergency. Let the seasonal
conversations begin! Connectivity
A AWARENESS AND ACCESS. 150TH anniversary of combining research, education and community extension to improve lives
Let’s remember: 2012 is the150th anniversary of Morrill Land Grant Act, signed into law July 1862 in the middle of the civil war, and creating
research, education and community service institutions reaching eery community
college area of the nation, and providing one model for human and natural
environment sustainability in many landscapes of our world.. Internet Extension in 2012 & 150th Anniversary of the
Morrill Act: Connecting Residents and Businesses to Fiber and Wireless — Broadband America
2012 is also the 40th Anniversary of Pell Grants and Title IX (women’s and girls’ equality in sports) in the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, highlighted again this summer in the Olympics in
. I was present in London
in 1972 and a participant in the process. See my reflections on Federal financial access to
higher education, 18 year old vote and national university student leadership
2971-1980 in Washington, D.C.
_______ needs posting Washington, D.C.
The year started off with a graphic-based commemoration of Grandparents Reading to Kids volunteer program at the local library in
where my mother was a longtime volunteer.
It underscores the value of consumer-friendly graphics in helping us
work together on many important tasks.
See _______ needs posting of graphic Los Angeles
It was created by
syndicated cartoonist and creator of The KeyPad Kid Project on Facebook to help
youth, adults and seniors gain second-nature comfort with today’s digital
tools. The KeyPad Kid Project works on
Bridging the Digital Divide for new users at homes, in businesses, churches and
special groups Chicago
B BUILDING BLOCKS OF CONTENT SHARING.. 6 Years since 2006, Content sharing starting in 2011
Since 2011 I have written about Improving Lives of families, enterprises and communities in 7 national needs areas of FCC’s National Broadband plan. Most recently on state and local planning for $7
billion Federally-sponsored First
Net for car-to-car mobile communication among public safety responders (police,
fire, emergency service) and coordinate with community response parties. Broadband Illinois From
June 2011 Healthcare and a Digital Card in Every Pocket
To July 2012 $7 Billion Public Safety Communication: States Get Ready for Planning Grants — Broadband
C CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH COMMUNICATION INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES, INCLUDING COMMUNITY DASHBOARDS. Local Civic and Killer App Expos and Fairs, and Community Dashboard services.
2012 is a year for getting ready for urban and rutal Civic Apps and Killer App expos and fairs in areas of 150,000 to 250,000, including models for Community Hall Dashboards of business intelligence tools for local public officials, businesses and community institutions.. For model, See 2007 Killer App Expo in
among public agency,
business and community institutions in community of 250,000. Welcome to the Killer App Expo and Conference 2007 Ft. Wayne,
Community dashboard services provide “overnight” data on what’s happened, as reported by patterns of 911, 311 and other calls and filings from digital government, business and institutional databases. For background on value of such 24/7 data 365 days per year, see article on NYC trend database that is shared among public agencies citywide and in local areas. __________________________ Wired Magazine November 2010.
D DOCUMENTS FOR DECISION MAKING.AND CIVIC PRODUCTIVITY.
Using broadband infrastructure + use partnerships, see (1) article on History of Partnership for a Connected Illinois and Internet Extension in Illinois 1996 – 2011, by Drew Clark and
Olson, in spring 2012 regional and intergovernmental planning
journal, American Planning Association.
See link on ________ (2) article
on regional planning and broadband See
link ___________, and (3) Stay tuned for Community Hall Dashboard resources in
E EVERYTHING ELSE. Stay tuned for Fall 2012 – Digital Government and Public Safety Updates, Health for the Winter, Getting Ready for Smart Grid + Internet Installations and Cost Reductions. See
Digital Government Digital Government Summit
2012 Home Page Summit Illinois
- FOR THE FUTURE. Formulas and Function; G General indicators of quality of life, and H Heritage archives)
See you later this fall.