Resource: Community Commons
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Title: Community Commons
Resource type: Web Site
Topics: Communities, Individual Choices
Keywords: mapping, networking, GIS data
Audience: All
Region: Minnesota Statewide, Outside Minnesota
Summary: Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking and learning tool for those interested in sustainable communities.
Content: The following language is adapted from the web site below:

Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities' movement.

Registered users have free access to:

* Over 7000 GIS data layers at state, county, zip code, block group, tract, and point-levels.

* Contextualized mapping, visualization, analytic, impact and communication tools and apps.

* Searchable profiles of hundreds of place-based community initiatives (multi-sector collaboratives) working towards healthy/sustainable/livable/equitable communities - funded by government and private philanthropy - complete with text & video narratives on "what's working."

* Peer learning forums in the "interactive commons" with colleagues exploring similar interests and challenges - hosted by leading national Technical Assistance providers.

The Commons is a democratized learning and innovation platform for:

* enhancing the reach and impact of currently-funded place based investments;

* applying an asset-based approach to help grow and sustain impact once the funding is over;

* and supporting communities of highest burden who neither have grant financing, nor cohorts.

Community Commons is an initiative of Advancing the Movement, and powered by Institute for People, Place and Possibilities (IP3). In-kind and technical support has come from scores of individuals and organizations around the nation.

For more details, or to register for free, please visit the web site below or

Suggested by: Paul Moss
Added: 10/19/12
Updated: 12/3/12