Posts in category "Community"

Book Review: THE ECONOMY OF YOU

Many people involved in nonprofit careers (whether transitioning into or out of the field) find it hard to survive in our current economy. Many are taking “side gigs” or smaller jobs to either bring in extra cash or – perhaps – spin their efforts off into a new career. For those wishing to adopt a... Read more »

One Cause At A Time: 2014 in Review

When looking at the growth of social good and technology in Chicago, the past year has seen many accomplishments. This blog has also seen quite a bit of activity, and in looking at 2014 in review, it may be good to take a unique view. So this post is a kind of “greatest hits” of... Read more »

2015 New Year's Resolutions - For the Blog

This past year has seen a great deal of growth and success for me personally and professionally. Normally, I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but in looking at how this blog has moved forward….I need to change that habit, because Chicago is experiencing a renaissance in driving social good and social benefit. From key legislation... Read more »
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The Gift of Social Change Through Technology

The past few weeks have been a flurry of activity between Thanksgiving plans and running a charity auction for the Doctor Who-themed Chicago TARDIS Convention. Several things happened as a result: the first and most important is that we raised over $2,700 for Northern Ilinois Food Bank, and second thing is that I developed a... Read more »

Coming Up: Social Media for NonProfits Chicago

  For many nonprofits, social enterprises, and other mission-driven organizaiton, social media is a key component of their marketing and communications strategy. Although Chicago has a great variety of resources and consultants available, there’s always a need to learn current up-to-date thinking about social media….and the Social Media for NonProfits Chicago session on October 29th is a... Read more »

Blog Action Day 2014: Inequality

Every year, this blog participates in Blog Action Day, which is a global effort to drive conversation around one particular key topic. (Past topics have included human rights and “the power of we“). For Blog Action Day 2014, the focus is conversation around the topic of inequality…and my mind goes to Ferguson, Missouri. This isn’t... Read more »
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Book Review: LITTLE BOOK OF BIG PR

  NOTE: A complimentary copy of Ms. Witter’s book was provided for purposes of review As I was writing last week’s post, I came to a very subtle realization – throughout my career in nonprofits, I have had to take on what might be called “guerrilla” public relations tactics. Working with media, getting the word... Read more »

1990: My Entry Into Social Change

Recently, I was able to make Chicago Net Tuesday’s recent session on digital storytelling, and found myself a bit nostalgic. Perhaps it’s because I’m at the point where I’m moving away from youthful idealism towards mature longing, but there’s always been one year where it all came together for me – my passion for social... Read more »

The Art of Learning About Nonprofit Software

Recently, a colleague of mine had asked my assistance in identifying software vendors for nonprofits….and although I was able to help him somewhat (with further follow-up to come). it started me thinking about a central question….just how and where do nonprofits decide to purchase software? For me, it was easy – I had always worked with... Read more »
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Chicago Social Change News Updates

There are many great activities and efforts driving Chicago social change and social benefit – so many that it can be difficult to keep track. This week, there’s an update on a funding effort featured while ago, as well as an upcoming event and a provocative, must-read article. Back in May, we wrote about the Humana Communities... Read more »