Posts in category "Reading"

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 »

Q & A With A Chicago Now Blogger: Extreme Parenting

One of the great advantages of being part of the Chicago Now blogging network is the opportunity to interact with a diverse range of unique individuals. So when the opportunity came to participate in today’s “Q & A With a Blogger Day”, I eagerly volunteered….and when I received the name of the person who I... Read more »

Book Review: IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DATA

NOTE: A complimentary electronic copy was provided for review. My opinions are my own. Currently, many communities are discussing the impact of “Big Data” – a catchphrase making its way through Chicago-area business and non-profit culture. Learning how to manage and leverage data can have an impact on various non-profit/social venture marketing and fundraising efforts.... Read more »
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Book Review: THE MYTHS OF CREATIVITY

In terms of full disclosure: earlier this year, I signed on to be part of the launch team for The Myths of Creativity, a book by David Burkus focusing on misconceptions around innovation. Thankfully, I recently finished reading my complimentary electronic copy of the book (for review purposes, of course) after a few weeks’ spent... Read more »

THE (Non-Profit) JOB SEARCH CHECKLIST - Book Review

(Special thanks to Amacom Books for providing a complimentary copy for review). Our current economic situation has impacted many in several fields, and non-profits/social good especially so. With increasing numbers of people either being laid off due to funding cutbacks or struggling to find work, it becomes critical to have a systematic approach to finding... Read more »

Hookers & Hackers & Buffer - Oh, My!

This past week has been busy for me, prepping for Friday’s panel discussion at DexCon2013 (thanks to Pierre Clark of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance for the invitation), but I didn’t want to let this week pass without addressing several pieces of recent news and commentary on the tech scene….and their implications for non-profits, social... Read more »
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Book Review: Who Says Social Benefit Is Only A MAN'S WORLD?

Agents of social change – whether they work for non-profits, social ventures, or other organizations – face similar challenges in handling the professional landscape. From office politics to supervising others, it would be easy to mistake the more humanistic tone of social change efforts as “warm and fuzzy”; to survive, one needs to be “smart and... Read more »