Community Hall Dashboard- Wednesday, September 5, 2012

From Paul Revere to Ben Franklin

Summer/Fall 2012 Blogspot




It’s been 6 years since 2006 blogspot posting to commemorate Paul Revere as America’s first digital citizen (one if by land, two if by sea… etc Redcoats are coming to Lexington and Concord).


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’s_Almanack,


Among Ben Franklin’s contributions was the start of a lending library in Philadelphia. In celebration, see Reading with Turtles and Tortoises graphic in commemoration of a library Grandparents Reading to Kids program, described in Awareness section below.


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, Connectivity Centers, Documents for Decision making, and Everything Else) to use everyday, and in times of emergency.   Let the seasonal conversations begin!


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 America’s 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 Illinois


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 London. I was present in Washington, D.C. 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


The year started off with a graphic-based commemoration of Grandparents Reading to Kids volunteer program at the local library in Los Angeles, 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


It was created by Charles Boyce, Chicago 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


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 — Broadband Illinois

To July 2012 $7 Billion Public Safety Communication: States Get Ready for Planning Grants — Broadband Illinois




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 Ft. Wayne, Indiana among public agency, business and community institutions in community of 250,000. Welcome to the Killer App Expo and Conference 2007


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.




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 Layton 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 the fall.


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 Illinois Digital Government Summit Illinois Digital Government Summit 2012 Home Page


  1. FOR THE FUTURE.   Formulas and Function; G General indicators of quality of life, and H Heritage archives)


See you later this fall.



Posted by John Owrey at 2:35 PM 6 comments:

Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest


Subscribe to: Posts (Atom)



Saving 7 Minutes & Taxes with Smart Mobility Cards and Assemblies (2003)


History of the APA


Communities Find Currency: Smart Grid assemblies guide Sandy era economic growth

January 11, 2013


How can farmland and prairie, mountain and seaside communities use National Broadband Plan strategies – today and tomorrow — to build resilience against droughts and floods, tornados and hurricanes?  How can broadband help build a resilient virtual infrastructure foundation for growth and sustainability of all watersheds in the nation?


It’s as simple as A, B, C:  (A) Building consensus on the ‘big picture’ of 21st Century infrastructure and natural environment challenges, (B) Showcasing understandable Low Hanging Fruit for productivity in local Public Works, Education and Health projects – such as the international Smart Grid  demonstration in Oak Park, Illinois, and (C) Using ‘Where and When’ Seasonal Calendars to nourish Community Assemblies and cross-pollinate Broadband-based initiatives in 7 National Needs areas.


  1. A Sustainable Planning Agenda in a Climate Changing World for 2013.  How do we work together on Big Picture payoffs and Next Step opportunities to meet national needs for Broadband?  A good place to begin: Discussing Sandy Responses – for the eastern seaboard and for all regions — plus policy impacts of Smart Grid demonstrations for Local Areas.


With Congress poised to make a $60 billion down payment on flood insurance and first stage community recovery from Hurricane Sandy, questions arise on how to use funding to rebuild in ways that will reduce potential damage from future storms along the Atlantic seacoast and elsewhere.  Members of Congress will be looking at how to repair the current damage while preparing all American regional watersheds with fiscally sound priorities and practical planning tools


The National Broadband Plan provides solid answers to these challenges, described in the recently-released book by former FCC Chair Reed Hundt and Blair Levin, head of FCC National Broadband Plan.  The book is called The Politics of Abundance:  How Technology Can Fix the Budget, Revive the American Dream, and Establish Obama’s Legacy.  It highlights how tech-researched, consensus-based, and standard-of-living-focused strategies in Local Area places and watersheds can guide “savings and funding” initiatives for payoff-focused investments in infrastructure, services and sustainable watershed conservation, all  within local and national budgets. 


For “bedtime reading” on climate and economic environment planning for 3013:

*  See 2013 Letter to President Obama on Climate Change Human and Technology Tools by edtors of MIT Technology Review; Dear Mr. President: Time to Deal with Climate Change |

* See Superstorm Sandy 2012 insurance claims, and renewed interest in storm barriers “not built” as less expensive than the next Sandy ;


  1. Identifying Low Hanging Fruit: Iincreasing Education-Health productivity and reducing costs of Public Works and Public Utilities.


To understand how local communities can find “penny saved, penny earned” sources for smart investments  in the American Standard of Living–  today and tomorrow – it’s important to build consensus among a cross-section of parties about “where” are the greatest cost savings and productivity gains possible. Below are productivity studies and resources on Public Works and Public Utilities, Education and Health investments, including a description of the exciting International Smart Grid demonstration launched for 2013 and 2014 in Oak Park, Illinois.


  1. Energy and Environment Investments. It’s helpful to review consensus-based Utility and Public/Public Works investments, including intelligent utilities and reinvestment response for economic development in the post-Katrina-Sandy Era.  Calculations on economic returns can help Local Area Place (LAP) community assemblies and regional planners  set priorities on public and private funding, and find ways for utility consumers to save and invest, too.  Annual community assemblies in areas of 150,000 to 250,000 can help set priorities, implement projects, review results and revise infrastructure and service plans, all without bureaucratic costs and delays..

* See Utility Perspective on Rebounding from Sandy, for economic development | Parts I and II December 2012 ;

* See Smart grid and economic development, and consumer electronics and the grid |  January 2013  ;

* See Regional Planning Agency Perspective on investments in environment, transportation and economic development

* See Sandy Smart Response (Business Intelligence) Dashboard, and experience illustrating first-rate Communications Link for All First Responders Remains a Challenge: ;

* See wider Broadband infrastructure and service trends underlying public and private infrastructure and service opportunities:  Article on Top 10 Events of  The Year in Broadband 2012 nationwide and in Illinois, by Drew Clark, Executive Director, Partnership for a Connected Illinois, and chairman Broadband Census Breakfast, December 2012:

* Finally, see the world class Smart Grid Local Area Project (LAP) in Oak Park, Illinois selected as home of international Smart City project, with opportunities for connection with housing, businesses, institutions and public built and natural environments

  1. Digital Education Investments. Below are fast-increasing tools and services meeting needs from Early Childhood through Career and Small Business

* See the interesting links in “productivity” in education in the recent issue of MIT Technology Review.  Digital Education | MIT Technology Review.

* See Urban K-12 Digital Education Model Building in NYC.  See opportunities for elementary-secondary education scalability in urban settings  NYC-based $60 million Student Centered Learning curriculum technologies, forwarded by Andrew Pincon, Digital Workforce Education Society (working in school, community college and community centers in Illinois and Wisconsin, and Web initiatives around the world).  The NYC initiative grew out of Edison Learning Initiatives in New York and the U.K., . “.  Two videos with details on how they view education for a 21st Digitally Global Society of Digital Natives: Avenues, The World School Intro Video: and A School of One by Avenues’ founders and principal faculty:  Avenues is opening schools in London, Sao Paulo and Beijing



  1. Smart Telehealth Investments. Telehealth investments include health smart cards supporting local Healthy Lifestyles and Integrated Healthcare life-enhancing and cost-reducing products and services.


*  See projection for 55% increase in electronic  healthcare applications in 2013

* See “person to watch” profile of Illinois health chief Julie Hamos she implements major Medicaid reforms, using telehealth and integrated health initiatives enacted by Illinois General Assembly in 2012.  Harris: The Ones to Watch in Chicago business for 2013 – Chicago Tribune

  1. Where and When – Seasonal Community Assemblies and Calendars of Big Picture Events, Resources and Expo’s


How will local communities come together to plan and implement data-driven strategies in Local Area Places and Regions? A major tool is the seasonal (often quarterly) gatherings of community anchor institution, business, public, civic and community leaders and media to make practical progress on Local Area Project visions, plans, investments, implementations, evaluations, and corrections.


See below Resources and Calendar of potential Gathering Events to assist Local Areas in Chicago, in Illinois and in the Southern Lake Michigan region work on local region initiatives. 


For Mid-Winter to Mid-Spring 2013 – times for Reflecting and Planning

* Regional Gathering events

FCC Broadband Adoption Summit in Washington D.C. and Opportunities for Illinois Webinar Gatherings in Local Area Places, February 7, 2013 .

American Planning Association – National Planning Conference April 13-17, 2013

EChicago Symposium UIC April 26-27, 2013 Transforming our institutions, mobilizing our communities.…/echicago-2013-schedule-as-of-may-2012….


*  Resources


Digital Hub for Monthly Activities | Chicago Mayor’s Office

City of Chicago :: Neighborhood Festivals May – September 2013

We Are Not Alone – Chicago community media coverage of safe schools, safe communities initiatives among several print and electronic community media

  1. What are Community Assemblies and Local Area Places and Regions?

For more information about the roles and examples of Service Quality Assemblies and Regional Visioning and Planning Assemblies, see article What are Service Quality Assemblies, outline by the author.  Service quality assemblies are designed for use in annual activities for visioning and planning, outreach and showcasing, securing funding commitments, and reviewing outcomes and service quality of project activity (such as construction or program) and continuing services (such as education and career transition).  Topic areas including transportation/mobility, education access and skills, health care, public safety, regional economic development and environmental planning, planning for gigabit cooperation among universities, business and public agencies, quality of life indicators, government services and civic engagement, small business activities, community fairs and expositions, right of way and data exchange cooperation and other topics.

Local Area Places and Local Access Project assemblies normally convene community anchor, business, public official/agency and citizen networks in Community College areas (including local watersheds and utility terrains, library, school, hospital and public safety areas) of 150,000 to 275,000 in rural/exurban/suburban/urban areas.  There are 48 Community College districts in Illinois, serving a population of  12.8 million (2012)

Meet me @ the community assembly or expo in 2013!


Connecting You to Opportunity: Civic Innovation Terms in Local Library and Community Areas