Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th
Every once in awhile, this blog highlights some great organizations that make a positive impact on the city of Chicago and its neighborhoods. In the past, we have highlighted Chicago Cares and its efforts to engage residents and volunteers on improving our community. On August 19th, there is a great opportunity to make an impact…and... Read more »

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville
In light of yesterday’s events in Charlottesville, VA….I’m unsure what kind of comfort I could give to readers, friends, and others. So I’m not even going to try…what I am going to do is list various resources for helping the people of Charlottesville recover. It may not be much – or enough – but at the... Read more »

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN
Sometimes, writing about tech provides….interesting challenges. For example: after writing a follow-up post about App Camp For Girls’ pitch event, I wrote a review of Disrupted by Dan Lyons, which emphasized a lack of diversity within the startup world. So the latest news – about how James Damore wrote a memo for Google claiming that women can’t... Read more »
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Book Review: DISRUPTED by Dan Lyons

Book Review: DISRUPTED by Dan Lyons
I’ll admit, I went into Disrupted (written by Dan Lyons) with a knowing familiarity; like him, I entered the startup world ten years ago, having just moved back to Chicago. Like many other reviews, I enjoyed the book’s slightly snarky take on startup culture…. But in light of that recent Google memo and various responses, Disrupted: My Misadventure... Read more »

App Camp for Girls: Follow Up

App Camp for Girls: Follow Up
(Special thanks to App Camp for Girls for the invitation) When I wrote my initial post about App Camp for Girls, I was hoping to not just draw attention…but also drive attendance. When they invited me to attend their pitch event on July 28th at 8th Light, I was even more curious. After all, what... Read more »

Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew

Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew
After writing about detoxing from Facebook, a fun excursion into one of my favorite shows is in order. This week’s Blogapalooz-hour topic is…. “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?” Of course, my mind instantly went to Leverage, the socially conscious program about a... Read more »
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My Facebook Detox, Part Two: What I Learned

Last week, I blogged that I would be taking a one-week break from Facebook. With the help of browser extensions, I would avoid signing into Facebook. (And for good measure, I threw in HootSuite and YouTube and focused primarily on Twitter.)  My rationale was whether I was becoming a little too dependent on the service, focusing... Read more »

My Facebook Detox, Part One

My Facebook Detox, Part One
You would think that as a social media consultant, I would live and breathe on Facebook…especially since my past nonprofit and social enterprise clients rely on it heavily. However, my personal engagement on Facebook is becominbut quite frankly, it’s becoming a problem for me. Much of it is personal – the emotional consequences of the... Read more »

Another Open Letter to Governor Bruce Rauner

Dear Governor Bruce Rauner, You may not remember me, but I had written about several of my concerns in an open letter from January 2016. Since then, I had hoped that you might reconsider your approach – you know, the “my way or the highway” approach to reform.  Given the tasks you sought, I really hoped... Read more »
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One Decision With A Big Impact

One Decision With A Big Impact
One of the benefits of being a Chicago Now blogger is participating in Blogapalooz-Hour, where various bloggers write on the same topic. However, tonight’s topic hits a little too close to home. Earlier, we were asked to “Write about a decision you made that changed the course of your life for better or worse.” Of course,... Read more »