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Eric J. Henderson

Conversation Curator, Markets For Good

A Lesson In Data From Football

18 Apr, 2014

Markets For GoodData has invaded sport. You’ve seen it from Moneyball to football (both “footballs”). But, you’ve probably not heard the player’s perspective on data. And the player has an awful lot at stake. Imagine, on your first day of training camp, being tossed a 4-inch thick playbook and a ticking clock. You have only a few weeks to learn and to convert data into action with impact. For a pro player perspective, we caught up with Michael Sean Batiste, a 14-year IT veteran and a retired NFL athlete who was a member of the Super Bowl XXX World Champion Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

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Ed Anderton

Ed Anderton is a development researcher for Nominet Trust, focussed on supporting the effective use of data in the social sector, having arrived with a varied career in education, via a brief sojourn in Central Government.

Our Shared Future

17 Apr, 2014

‘Tnominethe idea is to try to give all of the information to help others to judge the value of your contribution; not just the information that leads to judgment in one particular direction or another’ - from Cargo Cult Science, a commencement address by Richard Feynman. This is the point of departure for today’s guest contributor, Ed Anderton, Development Researcher at Nominet Trust. It turns out that we are at the point of being able to consider “all of the information,” and, for sure, tech is the enabler; however Ed also gives examples of the behaviors and data practices that will have the greater hand in driving better inquiry; they have a lot to do with sharing information and sharing scrutiny.

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Mark Corbett

Assistant Curator, Markets For Good.

Skoll World Forum: Not Short On Ambition

16 Apr, 2014

SKollWFLast week marked the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Enterprise, in Oxford, England. A global event that brings together some of the most inspiring charities, foundations, trusts, CEOs, investors, and hard working people across the industry all in the name of learning, building connections, and ultimately, creating an even larger impact in the world than we do individually. Running in parallel to Skoll, is Oxford Jam, a fringe festival for young social entrepreneurs and perhaps more alternative ideologies. The Markets for Good team were in Oxford for all the activities and what follows is some highlights from both events on the role of data and what it may look like in the future.

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CoopMetrics

CoopMetrics provides Fortune 500-quality business intelligence tools that improve the competitiveness of local businesses and their associations. Our analytic and comparative financial analysis tools help independent businesses identify and learn about their own specific strengths and vulnerabilities. We help business owners see trends within their own business operations, compare their performance with peers, and easily identify areas for improvement in their own businesses.

Peer Benchmarking For Better Decisions And Higher Performance

14 Apr, 2014

coopmetrics logo sqCoopMetrics joins the conversation, making a clear case for collaborative data approaches and zeroing in on the value of benchmarking with peers. Always an eye-opener to see the actual context in which you’re operating! Read on for more from  Annie Donovan, CEO and Rick Jacobus,  Joint Practice Fellow.

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Mark Corbett

Assistant Curator, Markets For Good.

We’re Not No.1! We’re Not No.1!

11 Apr, 2014

New York Times Social LogoThose of you who follow Markets For Good on Twitter will have been enjoying our updates from The Skoll World Forum on Social Enterprise. We hope our 140 character or less comments were illuminating, but we will be doing a write up on the event and the prominent role that data played. For now, we would like to highlight a very interesting article discussed in one of the sessions. Two time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof writes about the fact the USA is not in fact No. 1 when it comes to social progress, and now there’s data to prove it.

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