July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater

July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater
As I follow the news around immigration and the treatment of people in migrant detention camps, I am reminded of last year’s interview with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek. One of Dawn’s remarks strikes a deep chord in light of recent events: In the case of the family separation and detention issue, many of... Read more »

July 3rd SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Charity Screening

July 3rd SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Charity Screening
(Special thanks to Daniel Jun Kim of Pop Mythology for his time and insight!) On July 3rd, Pop Mythology and Third Coast Comics are partnering to hold a screening of Spider-Man: Far From Home at the Evanston Cinemark Theater to benefit Children’s Home and Aid. For many comic fans and members of the geek/nerd community, this is... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor: Gery Chico & LISC Chicago
There are many ways to impact Chicago’s neighborhoods: strategic community development initiatives, hands-on volunteer involvement, and political engagement. This month, LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) Chicago is proud to announce that former mayoral candidate Gery Chico is stepping forward to serve as Board Chair for the organization. Partnering with other community organizations, LISC Chicago’s mission and... Read more »
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Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL
Like many startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises, many businesses are adopting a mission-driven philosophy of driving social good. For many organizations and highly prominent individuals, doing good should be “baked into” their corporate mission. As Anand Giriharadas argues in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, this attitude can inadvertently perpetuate the very... Read more »

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »

Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"

Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"
Many of my business colleagues, regardless of whether they’re in the nonprofit, social enterprise, or mission-driven business sphere, rely on the philosophy of Tony Robbins for their success. Despite a recent Buzzfeed article outlining allegations of inappropriate behavior, Tony Robbins retains the support of many of his acolytes. (He has also strongly criticized the site in... Read more »
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Caregiving, Career, and Creativity

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Pulp Factory Award for my short story “Knights of the Silver Cross” in 1950s Western Roundup. After winning the award, I decided to take a break from creativity and writing. Working on creative projects for two years non-stop while balancing caregiving duties and freelance work... Read more »

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective
(Special thanks to Teddy Heidt of the Gauge Collective for his time and insight)  Chicago has a healthy, thriving community of mission-driven businesses working to drive profit as well as social impact. Mission-driven businesses operate from a key set of values, focus on benefiting stakeholders as well as stockholders, and work on driving community collaboration. My recent... Read more »

Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition Wins Adult Literacy XPRIZE Communities Competition

 Last week, I wrote about the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition and their efforts to drive both digital and healthcare literacy in the city. In my previous post, I mentioned that the CCLC focuses on digital literacy as well as workforce development and healthcare literacy. As I mentioned in last week’s post, technology is at the... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
(Special thanks to Becky Raymond, Executive Director of CLCC, for her time and input) Literacy is the most critical skill needed to navigate our ever-increasingly complicated civic, professional, and technological landscape. With many Chicago residents seeking formal assistance, the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (or CCLC) works with Adult Education organizations in Chicago to secure resources and training... Read more »