Archive for October 2012

Facebook's Flawed Promotion

Facebook's Flawed Promotion
For many non-profits and other agents of social good, Facebook is a key channel, allowing many organizations to build their communities, foster online communication, and tap into other networks….with a minimum of cost. In fact, both Hubspot and Tech Soup pointed to great guides that can inform non-profits about how to use Facebook more effectively. However, Facebook... Read more »

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review
With next week’s election, we will be choosing the person who will be setting the agenda for the next few years. We’ll be setting our national agenda….and part of the success has been tapping into decentralized networks. One of the great ideas proposed on Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect is the idea that a new kind of... Read more »

Building Better Government One App At A Time

Building Better Government One App At A Time
One of the many ways in which tech can impact our communities is when citizens and software coders collaborate on apps that improve government effectiveness and/or allow greater access to public data. Recently, I received notice about a really  great opportunity for people to get engaged. Code For America is a relatively new non-profit with a... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One

Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One
It’s simply easy to focus on “tech and the social good” as merely about software, or data, or social media….but there are places around the city that take an open source approach, bringing together a community around a common goal. Free Geek Chicago is one of those organizations; another is Pumping Station One, located on... Read more »

Blog Action Day: The Power of We

Blog Action Day: The Power of We
(This post is part of Blog Action Day, a global effort to bring awareness about the social good. For more information, please visit http://www.blogactionday.org) The Power of We. A simple phrase, but one which has very obvious implications. It’s especially true here in Chicago, where we are developing an incredibly diverse tech scene, with non-profit social media... Read more »

Jennifer Livingston and CyberBullying

Jennifer Livingston and CyberBullying
Recently, much has been made about Jennifer Livingston, the Wisconsin anchor who received a critical message from a viewer about her weight. There’s been great discussion about bullying in general….and cyberbullying in particular. First, there’s a distinct age difference – when it happens with youth, it’s cyberbullying, and with adults, it’s cyberharrassment. Either way, it’s... Read more »
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A Marathon of Socially Conscious Events This Week

A Marathon of Socially Conscious Events This Week
Although I spoke a little bit about some of this past week’s events (including one tomorrow), I thought I would end this not-quite-a-three-day-weekend with some information about upcoming events focusing on tech and the social good….because, quite honestly, this might allow you to run your own mini-marathon of activity. The Chicago chapter of the Social... Read more »

Blogs: The "Hidden" Social Network

Blogs: The "Hidden" Social Network
They are the “hidden” social network. This channel is one of the greatest tools an organization can use to promote the social good….and which is sorely underutilized. I’m talking, of course, about blogs. You’re reading one, of course. (And I’m not the only socially conscious blogger on Chicago Now…or even in Chicago). Why are blogs... Read more »

Film Fun Friday Through Tuesday for Non-Bears Fans

Film Fun Friday Through Tuesday for Non-Bears Fans
So we’re all familiar with the news that the Chicago Bears trounced the Dallas Cowboys and will be playing the Dallas Cowboys….but for those who have an interest in socially aware events, there are some great events starting Friday – and ending on Tuesday – that will be of great interest. “Visual storytelling” is one... Read more »
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Making At-Risk Motherhood Easier Via Mobile

Making At-Risk Motherhood Easier Via Mobile
A colleague once asked me why I attended corporate networking events rather than just stick with networking in the non-profit/social good field. From my perspective, “social good” is an all-encompassing idea, and I believe that any opportunity to engage the larger community can result in learning about something wonderful. I was fortunate enough to volunteer... Read more »