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More Nonprofit (and Life) Lessons from STAR TREK

More Nonprofit (and Life) Lessons from STAR TREK
Earlier today, I made a guest appearance on WBEZ’s Morning Shift to discuss the 50th Anniversary of the original series of Star Trek. The idea was simple: discuss the lessons I had learned growing up watching the show. (Really – I came of age during the beginning of syndication, and I’ve not only discussed the show on WBEZ... Read more »

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK
Books on nonprofit leadership often run the gamut from very high-level treatises to more down-to-earth entries like The Mission Myth and Who Says It’s A Man’s World? However, in an increasingly complex field, transitioning into nonprofit leadership (as well as social enterprise and other mission-driven leadership) can be a challenge. In fact, for many, it’s a challenge... Read more »

Book Review: JAB, JAB, JAB, RIGHT HOOK

To be honest, the past few weeks have been rough for me personally – family health issues have kept me busy, resulting in sudden changes in my schedule that have made it . At one point, I was fortunate enough to carve out some time to “sharpen the saw”, as it were, and keep up... Read more »
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Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change

Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change
Every month, Chicago Now invites its bloggers to write about a set topic – for November, the focus is on a particular quote and describes how it resonates or has meaning for us. One of my personal go-to sources for inspiration is Winston Churchill, and one of his frequently used quotes describes my attitude about... Read more »

How to Support a Nonprofit Job Seeker

Whether seeking the next full-time career-building opportunity or even a short term freelance/consulting gig, a nonprofit job seeker in Chicago faces multiple challenges…not the least of which are the attitudes and behaviors of various peers and organizations. So in an effort to help those fellow travelers (like myself) who are trying to get work (or... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Open Books In West Loop

Meet Your Neighbor: Open Books In West Loop
One of the many advantages of working in the nonprofit field -(and being a Chicago Now blogger)  is that I get the opportunity to attend some really great events and visit some really cool places. Thanks to an invitation via a Facebook group, I had the opportunity to visit Open Books, a social venture dedicated to... Read more »
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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 »

Book Review: THE TIME BANDIT SOLUTION

One of the many resources I use as a nonprofit writer/consultant/blogger is NetGalley, a site that features new books from publishers for review purposes. Every once in awhile, I’ll check out a random book – mostly for my own reading, but often to find something that can benefit nonprofit workers. Edward G. Brown’s The Time... Read more »

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 »
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Your Summer Social Entrepreneurship Reading List

(Note: complimentary electronic and hard copies of the following books were provided for review purposes. My opinions are my own.) Chicago-area social entrepreneurs, non-profits, and other social change agents are always seeking resources, information, and guidance in fulfilling their mission. Many books are often recommended as “starter” books, providing some insight. This week, we will... Read more »