Knolwege Based Problem Solving Strategy

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This is the four part strategy that Tutor/Mentor Connection has developed since 1993 in its efforts to support the growth of volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring and learning programs reaching youth in high poverty neighborhoods.

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Knolwege Based Problem Solving Strategy

  1. 1. Creating Knowledge Networks as part of Information Sharing and Problem Solving StrategyThis presentation introduces 4-Part Strategy of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLCad a strategy that can be applied in any social sector problem solving.
  2. 2. 4-Part Strategy for Expanding Systems of Support for Inner-City Youth.Supporting Growth of Mentor-Rich Programs in Metro Area. 2011 Our goal is to expand the network of adults and organizations helping youth from first grade to first jobs1973 and future careers. Dan Bassill, Founder of Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011, has led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program since 1974. He first became connected to his mentee, Leo, in 1973. They are still connected today. Learn more at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/dan-bassill Page 2
  3. 3. Problem: Helping inner-city kids move from first grade, through high school and into jobs and careers requires systems of support that reach youth in EVERY high poverty neighborhood of the city and suburbs.Challenge:Getting more peopleinvolved and keeping theminvolved for many years. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 3
  4. 4. For CHANGE to occur (or outcomes be achieved):All four parts of this strategy must happen concurrently and for many years. We all want more young people to be safe, finish high school and college, and be prepared for 21st century jobs and careers.The Tutor/Mentor Connection hasdeveloped a 4-Part Strategy over the past1993-2011 years.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 4
  5. 5. This information-based, networking strategy is a cycle that repeats for manyyears, and is available to anyone in the world with access to the Internet. 1 4 2 3 T/MC 4 part strategy can be found at - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-StrategyProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 5
  6. 6. While this is a portal that anyone can use to develop their own solutions, italso includes visualizations and maps that illustrate my own ideas of how theinformation can be used. Vance wrote: “I found Dans work to be very similar to that of Webheads except that his is much more focused on a tangible social goal. But both are exemplary attempts at bringing social media to bear on scaling our efforts beyond our immediate circles of those we can reach directly. Feb. 2012 http://learning2gether.posterous.com/dan-bassill-and-the-tutormentor-connection-in Page 6
  7. 7. Step 1: Collect and organize “all that is known” about successful non- school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region. 1"When nonprofit and community leaders share ideas, insights and information inways that promote social impact...knowledge-sharing can improve organizationaleffectiveness. When we share what works and what doesnt... it results inaccelerated learning, less reinventing the wheel, better service, and measurableresults." 2003 quote by Mr. Tim Wilmot. Chief Knowledge and Evaluation Officer, Charles and Helen SchwabFoundation Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 7
  8. 8. 1 Knowledge as Political Power"Knowledge and Praxis of Networks As a Political Process" written byYannick Rumpala from the University of Nice, in Nice, France. Readmore at http://yannickrumpala.wordpress.com/tag/networks/“Mapping networks of information and people can reduce the feeling ofcomplexity that any individual today can have when face with the worldaround him, the feeling of an inability to grasp this world. This feeling ofoverwhelming complexity leads to passivity. The visualization ofnetworks can be a way to make the world perceptible again andimprove the comprehension of it.”Process improvement, collaboration, knowledge management, innovation articles –http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ProcessImp-CollaborationLearning and network building blog articles - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/learningProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 8
  9. 9. Map showing range of information in Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Library. In these concept maps, many nodes 1 contain links to additional maps or to web sites with relevant information.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 9
  10. 10. Map opens to new page with information related to topic. In these concept maps, many nodes1 contain links to additional maps or to web sites with relevant information.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 10
  11. 11. Map opens to section of Links Library with multiple links relevant to topic. Links in library 1 point to web sites that host their own information, and additional links related to same topic.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 11
  12. 12. For instanceAs a result of participating in a March 25 webheads discussionhttps://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=educationaldramaa) I added these links to sections of the library http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/48512432/Drama2012 EVO Drama T/MC Library - Homework Help/Arts-Literature http://delicious.com/ssnhillyard/dramasped T/MC library – Arts/Humanitiesb) I also posted the link in a Facebook group that discusses education strategieshttp://www.facebook.com/groups/219724974712886/doc/242090132476370/ Thus, as I learn new ideas, I make those ideas available to others by posting them in my library and calling attention to them in other media. This is an on- going process. Page 12
  13. 13. Maps and Visualizations are part of the Knowledge Sharing Library1 We use maps to show all parts of Chicago region where tutor/mentor programs are needed AND where existing programs are located. With a map we can emphasize a need for distributed programs and resources in all poverty areas of the region. We must move away from idea of a few good programs in a few places. Page 13
  14. 14. Maps and Visualizations are part of the Knowledge Sharing Library 1 We use graphics to communicate ideas, understanding that “pictures are worth a thousand words” Graphics like this emphasize a need for programs reaching each grade level, and operating in all time frames, along with engagement from business as well as volunteers and parents.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 14
  15. 15. Step 2 – dramatically increase the number of people looking at the knowledge and ideas we collect and share on our web sites. 2 How many millions of people will need to be engaged, and inspired, before dollars are flowing consistently to youth support organizations in all places where they are needed?Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 15
  16. 16. 2 Apply multiple strategies to increase daily reach and frequencyProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 16
  17. 17. 2 Learning in on-going. Must be sustained and grow over many years. Many Owners Needed in Many PlacesProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 17
  18. 18. 2 Events like Tutor/Mentor Conference help build public attention. Tutor/Mentor Conference held in Chicago every six months since May 1994Volunteer recruitmentcampaign held inAug/Sept since 1995Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 18
  19. 19. 2 Engage many in communications and network-building Media stories draw attention to need for tutor/mentor programs. Blog strategies point readers to knowledge in Tutor/Mentor Library. http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291/d/82595035-Rest-of-the-Story-Lev Leverage traditional media to draw more attention to issues.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 19
  20. 20. 2 Tell the REST OF THE STORY after negative news is reported Media stories draw attention to need for tutor/mentor programs. Blog strategies can leverage these stories and point readers to knowledge in Tutor/Mentor Library. Students in middle school, high school and college can create these stories following news in their own neighborhood or communities that they adopt. http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291/d/69970749-Network-Building-Unleash-Your-Personal-Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 20
  21. 21. Help Build Understanding & Motivate Actions. 3 $$ $$ $$Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 21
  22. 22. 3This is one of many slides createdto help build understanding andsupport collective efforts. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 22
  23. 23. 3 Helping volunteers, donors who don’t live in poverty, and who have not spent much time thinking about the infrastructure and systems of support needed is an on-going effort to change how support is generated for tutor/mentor programs throughout the a geographic region like Chicago.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 23
  24. 24. As result of steps 1-3 4 more people help mobilize resources needed by EVERY tutor/mentor program in the Chicago region and it other cities.Motivating pro-active actions ofindividuals is goal Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 24
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  26. 26. As more people get take on roles that encourage people they know and work with to become volunteers, donors, leaders, tutor/mentor programs will develop diverse support networks and multiple channels of on-going financial support. Such programs will keep leaders in place longer, building deeper organizational knowledge and stronger relationships with youth, volunteers and community enabling longer and more influential connections with young people as they move through school and into adult lives.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 26
  27. 27. This is an on going effort with the need for many people to share roles for eachstep in the strategy. Multiple owners create decentralized strength and ensurethat youth will have on-going support from adult networks. 1 4 2 3 T/MC 4 part strategy can be found at - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-StrategyProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Page 27
  28. 28. This is my network where I share these ideas. Imagine if many people are sharing and applying these same ideas in their networks.Goal: Connecting talent, ideas,dollars to places throughout city. http://cmapspublic.ihmc.us/rid= 1278252178630_757470672_27105/Network%20Building%20sites.cmap Page 28
  29. 29. Form a group and begin to share this information in formal and informalsettings. Browse the web sites below and use the information available fromeach web site.http://www.tutormentorexchange.net 1http://www.tutormentorconnection.orghttp://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net 2http://tutormentor.blogspot.comhttp://tutormentorconnection.ning.com 3http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3299390http://www.youtube.com/user/TutorMentorInstitute? ob=0&feature=results_main 4Connect with us onhttp://www.twitter.com/tutormentorteamhttp://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net Skype dbassill Page 29

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