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Microsoft Research Project Tells You What a Neighborhood Is Thinking


Interesting piece from Street Fight on a project designed to capture the “mood” of a neighborhood by utilizing open data. The article includes an EveryBlock mention, too.

By now, it’s clear that big business sees the value in analytics. What’s less clear is whether “big data” can capture the imagination of the ordinary user, providing the enough context and meaning to compete with more traditional forms of media. Researchers at Microsoft are on a mission to find out.

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Volunteer in Your Community


Local Communities, Local Impact

EveryBlock is about being better neighbors, and what better way to improve your community than volunteering for a clean up project. On Saturday, April 26th, Comcast Cares Day offers you an opportunity to get involved with your neighbors offline and make difference in your community. There are many ways to get involved.  Want to roll up your sleeves? Consider a building and painting project. Love a good book? Read to students. Feel the need to brighten someone’s day? Assemble care packages for our troops. Pick a project and grab a group or sign up solo to serve the local schools, parks and not-for-profits that make Chicago the place we all like to boast about.

For a complete list of projects and to sign up, click here.


(Photo: Comcast Community Flickr Account)

Putting it all “On the Table”



The idea is pretty simple – eating, talking, at least 10,000 Chicagoans and even more great ideas on how we can make our region a better place to live. On May 12, The Chicago Community Trust will celebrate its 99th anniversary. To mark this great occasion, we’re asking Chicagoans throughout the metropolitan area to sit down together at small group meals and put it all “on the table” by having a meaningful discussion about how to make the communities where we live and work stronger, safer and more dynamic.

Just as EveryBlock gives neighbors a place to connect and keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the community, this initiative—called On The Table—aims to give a broader voice and physical forum for Chicagoans to discuss what’s happening in their neighborhoods and the issues that are important to them.

Here’s how it works: visit the website at and sign up to participate as either a host or a guest on May 12th. Hosts will be able to choose the format and location of their meal and discussion, so get creative. You can host a potluck, order takeout or cook your favorite comfort food. Guests, bring your appetite and your ideas.

And we encourage you to start and continue the conversation on EveryBlock. Brainstorm some ideas. Start a thread. Offer your comments. Share your thoughts on how to be a better neighbor and how to enhance the Chicagoland region. In short, put it “on the table.”

If you have questions, or need assistance signing up for On The Table, call 866-373-6951 or visit

Knight News Challenge offers $2.75 million for ideas to strengthen the Internet


EveryBlock got its start with a Knight Foundation News Challenge grant. The submission period for the new round of grants opened on February 27th.


“Knight is collaborating with Ford Foundation and Mozilla on the challenge. Winners will receive a share of $2.75 million, which includes $250,000 from Ford Foundation.

Applicants can enter by completing a brief entry on by March 18 that answers the question: How can we strengthen the Internet for free expression and innovation? The challenge aims to attract a broad range of innovative ideas from journalism, policy, research and education.”

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Embracing change: Five key lessons from innovative community foundations


From the Knight Foundation:


Above from left to right: Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation; Kelly Ryan, CEO of Incourage Community Foundation;  Chris J. Daggett, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; and Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Photo credit: Knight Foundation on Flickr.

As technology continues shaking up the traditional media landscape, it’s leaving gaps and opportunities for community organizations to step in to fill information needs. But legacy news organizations haven’t been alone in facing major shifts. The disruption has affected foundations, too, forcing change and adaptation over the last decade.

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