Posts in category "Neighborhoods"

My (Not-So) Secret Life in Tobacco Prevention

Yesterday, a new-ish colleague and I were having a conversation. You know, the good, old-fashioned get-to-know-you conversations that people tend to have. One of the topics that came up – and which surprised my new colleague – was my background in tobacco prevention. Granted, it happened in St. Louis (rather than Chicago), but in looking... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative

Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative
(Special thanks to Life Creative for inviting us to check them out, as well as for background and support materials) For many Chicago-area freelancers, nonprofits, and social enterprise organizations, finding a coworking space provides a unique challenge. Although Chicago is experiencing huge growth in coworking spaces (and we’ve written about several of them in the past),... Read more »
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Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed

Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed
Sometimes, I get so busy with personal and professional commitments (including running my own consultancy) that I miss out on key events….meaning that you, the reader, miss out on great community-oriented tech gatherings in Chicago. However, consider this week’s post a great wrap-up of an event back in June….as well as drive interest for the... Read more »

Meeting Old and New Community Connections

Connection: a word that has multiple meanings within multiple contexts. For my professional life, it means both technological (through social media, online communications, mobile) and personal (friends, family, networking). In the past few weeks, I have been reengaging with the greater community after having to withdraw due to personal concerns (including one family member’s health issues,... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: North Lawndale Employment Network

Writing this blog brings several great things: awareness of many Chicago organizations doing great work; spotlighting key issues, and getting to write two vastly different phrases in my writing. Like “North Lawndale Employment Network” and “tea”.  Next Friday, that pairing won’t sound so strange. (And thanks to North Lawndale Employment Network for giving us the... Read more »
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Help Carole Brown Crowdsource Support

Help Carole Brown Crowdsource Support
 Crowdsourcing, or solving a problem by engaging social networks, has become a critical factor in how nonprofits, social ventures, and other businesses handle larger, more complex issues. During the holiday season, with many people lacking resources (and more importantly, increasing cuts to critical community services), crowdsourcing support for emotional (and financial) needsmight be the last... Read more »

Wil Wheaton, Nonprofits & the Problem of "Free"

Like many other people on Facebook, I check out the “Trending” stories section – mostly in order to procrastinate. But a recent item written by writer/actor Wil Wheaton has received great attention…and has implications for nonprofits, social ventures, and community organizations in the Chicago area. As a result of a piece about seven things he... Read more »

Blog Action Day 2015

Blog Action Day 2015
Every year, this blog participates in Blog Action Day, a global effort to drive conversation around a given topic. This year, bloggers are being asked to focus their Blog Action Day 2015 post around the theme “Raise Your Voice”, with a specific focus on blogging. In many other countries, there are efforts to silence dissent, to... Read more »
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September 8th, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in Chicago

 September 8th, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in Chicago
Chicago is a city known for having a multitude of dining options. Thanks to NoKid Hungry, you have a chance to help end childhood hunger in the US by simply dining out on September 8th. On Tuesday, September 8th, No Kid Hungry is working with restaurants around the country (including the Chicago area) on a... Read more »