Archive for January 2013

A Musical Tea-Driven Kickstarter

A Musical Tea-Driven Kickstarter
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Kiva allow individuals and groups to mobilize their networks in supporting and funding small and unique projects. Much like Future Perfect‘s take on government, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding allow people to allocate their resources appropriately for unique projects that can drive social good and small business development. One of those projects is... Read more »

Librivox: Public Domain Done Right

Public domain books (whose copyrights have lapsed) are often more readily available for public consumption….but sadly, no works in the United States entered the public domain this year. Much like Creative Commons (of more recent vintage), public domain works allow for greater distribution and reuse of works, creating new media from bits of the old?... Read more »

HERE COMES EVERYBODY & Non-Profit Organizing Online

Many non-profit organizations use web-based tools  like Meetup and Eventbrite in organizing their events, but are often lost when it comes to understanding basic online organizing principles. In fact, many organizations still think of these platforms (much like social media) as having “followers” rather than “event planning tools”. But thankfully, Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody written very... Read more »
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Hacking Open Data for Democracy

One of the treasure troves for hackers is the idea of “open data” – data which Chicago government provides for citizens to maintain transparency. However, interpreting this data can be a challenge, because there are very few online resources for doing so….unless, of course, you head to 1871 every Tuesday night. This past week, I... Read more »

Networking In the New Year

Networking In the New Year
One of the great things about writing on tech and social good in Chicago is the number of great opportunities to learn, network, and gain insight into how non-profits, social ventures, and other organizations are working towards driving efforts towards the common good. With 2013 off to a strong start, there are several events that... Read more »

The Non-Profit's Insider Guide to Engaging Bloggers

The Non-Profit's Insider Guide to Engaging Bloggers
As a blogger, I often receive requests for reviews (whether they be comics and/or DVDs on my personal blog, or professional books for this blog), and I’m always more than willing to comply. However, like many of my fellow bloggers, I frequently receive requests that don’t fit my blog…and requests to advise non-profits on how... Read more »
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Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!

Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!
Your New Year’s Resolution may be to find work, or to learn how to navigate the social sphere….but for many of us, online access is not easily available. You may have even seen some intriguing signs at bus and train stations encouraging you to “Connect Chicago” Quite honestly, this is one of the best tech-oriented... Read more »