Embracing Change in Difficult Times

Embracing Change in Difficult Times
I have to admit, I don't want to write this post. But one of my oldest friends suggested that maybe writing about my recent experiences because they might provide a unique perspective. Think of this as a tale of change, which happens regardless of our desires...

Is Meetup: Resist A Good Idea?

For many Chicago-area nonprofit organizations and professionals, Meetup is a critical organizational tool allowing them to build and engage communities. (Meetup is also used by a variety of other organizations, and in the interest of full disclosure, I run two Meetups – one based on a television show, the other around coworking in Chicago). So... Read more »

Community Organizing Tools To Resist Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr  Thanks to concerned citizens taking a cue from Barack Obama’s farewell address, community organizing is making a comeback in response to Donald Trump’s actions as President. Whether you’re talking about Trump’s recent travel ban or the fact that he’s appointed a white supremacist journalist to the National Security Council, many... Read more »
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How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis

How A Chicago Guy Grew Up in St. Louis
Every month, Chicago Now Bloggers participate in "Blogapalooz-Hour", where we all write about a particular topic in one hour's time, and this month's topic is “Write about the first time you felt like you were a grown-up.” What's particularly ironic is that I felt like a grown-up....when I moved to St. Louis and lived there for seven years. Short story - after leaving grad school, moved to Oregon because I got engaged. Planned on settling down, work in the chemical dependency field...and then the relationship ended. After finding a job in St. Louis at the urging of one of my friends, I moved to St. Louis during a very hectic December, living there until I moved back to Chicago in March 2007 because of my mother's health...

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup

Your Inauguration Day 2017 Event Roundup
On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country. Many will protest by... Read more »

Artists Against Hate on Inauguration Day 2017

(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her help putting together this post) After a very contentious presidential election, many Chicago residents are pledging to actively resist Donald Trump’s agenda. Because of his focus on dismantling many of the programs that impact social change and civil liberties, there will be many ways to protest on Inauguration... Read more »
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Carrie Fisher: A Legacy of Mental Health Advocacy

Carrie Fisher: A Legacy of Mental Health Advocacy
For the blog’s final post of 2016, I wanted to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher. Although like many people, I grew up in the shadow of the original Star Wars trilogy, I also knew that she developed a second career as a writer, but most importantly….she was a strong advocate for mental health services. You’ll be... Read more »

Embracing Personal & Social Change in 2016

Embracing Personal & Social Change in 2016
Although I thought there were some great moments for social change in 2016, personally….2016 was not a good year. It was admittedly rough, even before the 2016 elections – on January 3rd, my cousin and my aunt – his mother – were involved in a serious car crash. My cousin survived with major injuries, my aunt... Read more »

Celebrate Small Business Saturday - Shop Chicago Neighborhoods

Last week, I wrote about how Local First Chicago is looking to drive small business growth in the city. Last week, they worked together with the City Treasurer’s office to highlight Small Business Saturday…. ….and what a great gathering it was. Last week, Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers announced his office, the Office of the Mayor, and... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor on 11/15: Local First Chicago

Meet Your Neighbor on 11/15: Local First Chicago
One of the great things about writing this blog is that there are ample opportunities to highlight organizations hoping to make an impact on Chicago neighborhoods and the greater community. Local First Chicago is one such organization, and we’re more than happy to highlight an upcoming event where you can learn more about them. Local... Read more »