I Volunteered for Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon 2015

Site from the Orange Line
One of the things I’m always game for is to have new experiences – throwing myself (often on a dare) and seeing what happens during the process.  So when a representative of Chicago Cares e-mailed me asking if I would be willing to participate in this year’s Serve-A-Thon - and cover the event, well….after checking out the website,... Read more »

Knowing My Strengths

“Growing up” in the nonprofit world professionally, knowing my strengths (professional and personal) – and aware of the things I was good at – was always a challenge. Much of it came because of my personal background – without going into details, self-esteem came late in my life. In fact, learning what I was good... Read more »

Upcoming Events in Chicago

Summer usually means a dramatic leap in getting out and about around Chicago, and social change/social good advocates are no exception. So here’s a list of upcoming events in Chicago that you may wish to attend: Netsquared (the parent organization for Netsquared Chicago) will be running a What Is Office 365? Webinar tomorrow, June 11th at 1:00 pm... Read more »
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Tomorrow: A Powerful Word for Nonprofits

Tomorrow: A Powerful Word for Nonprofits
It’s a challenge laid down to many Chicago Now bloggers – talk about literally what our hopes, expectations, and actions will be tomorrow. On a simple, tomorrow (as I write this) will be Saturday – I’ll be attending a brunch for Chicago Nerd Social Club and Chicago Doctor Who Meetup . But overall, I’m much... Read more »

Why I'm Joining Chicago Cares' Serve-A-Thon 2015

Volunteering can be a challenge – our time is taken up by family, friends, work, and other activities. In fact, my own time has been busy with consulting work, other writing commitments, and keeping current with the state of social good in Chicago. So when I was invited to join Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-Thon on June... Read more »

The "Leverage Social Media Advocacy" Job

This past week, I was lucky enough to participate in the Chicago Nerd Social Club’s Leverage 101 panel. Now, admittedly, as CNSC board member I might have been obligated to attend. As a nonprofit communications professional, I think the 2008 – 2012 series has a strong sense of social justice, beginning with its opening narration:... Read more »
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Improvisation & Play in Nonprofit Technology

 Things have been quite busy for me lately: between increased consulting work (including a brand new project), attending a Second City ETC revue for my personal blog, and attending C2E2, my schedule has been rather hectic. But these few weeks have also reminded me about the importance of improvisation – and play – in nonprofit/social... Read more »

Placing Community Conversations "On the Table" [Meet Your Neighbor]

“Community” is a word that gets used quite frequently in conversation….and we all wish to strengthen our home communities. But quite often, it can get mired into very high-end thinking with little action. In celebrating its hundredth year, the Chicago Community Trust is putting on a year-long celebration of community-based philanthropy, and on May 12th,... Read more »

The Chicago Mayoral Election & The "Digital Divide"

The Chicago Mayoral Election & The "Digital Divide"
With the Chicago Mayoral election coming up next week, I’ve been thinking about a question from the first debate between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. One of the questions was about the “digital divide”, and both candidates seemed to struggle with the concept: Garcia made an initially fumbling, but articulate discussion of the... Read more »
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The Best (Zen-Flavored) Advice I Ever Received

The Best (Zen-Flavored) Advice I Ever Received
Eight years ago this week, I “celebrated” my return to Chicago after living in St. Louis, Missouri for several years. (I don’t remember the exact date, to be quite honest – it’s been a bit of a blur). However, in reflecting back on that time in terms of my own nonprofit career, I remember a... Read more »