I was pleased to see my book, Shape Your Neighborhood: How to Use Public Data for Community Advocacy and Activism, listed for sale on Walmart.com. My guess is that they don’t know how subversive the book will be—including a section on this great visualization from Flowing Data on the spread of Walmart. (Of course, how could they know about this section, since I haven’t even finished writing the book yet…)
Self-promotion: The newsletter of the MIT Alumni Association ran a nice piece on a workshop I ran a while back on using magic tricks in public meetings. I especially liked this photo, which helps illustrate the way that making a mess can help lighten the mood of a meeting (and can call our attention to the potential to make a real mess if we don’t work together and develop good plans…).
The Census Bureau continues to roll out the latest data from the American Community Survey, last month announcing the availability of the first real nationwide data for 2010 in the form of the 1-year ACS Estimates. I’ve been conducting some trainings on how to get and use ACS data for local-level community planning (self promotion: check out the Mel King Institute’s training in Boston, or wait for us to offer it again), which has prompted me to pay some more attention to the new “American FactFinder” platform, which has prompted me to write this post.