Category: Social Impact/Social Enterprise

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt
Although we’ve spoken twice with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek about immigration reform, she and the troupe are taking on another cause at their upcoming December 13th performance at the Newport Theater in Lakeview. Some of the proceeds from Raks Geek’s December 13 performance will be used to forgive medical debt through RIP Medical Debt,... Read more »

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance

Belmont Cragin: One Chicago Neighborhood's Renaissance
Belmont Cragin is one of Chicago’s best-kept secrets: it’s a neighborhood that has been experiencing a renaissance. This renaissance was driven by a collaboration between the Northwest Side Housing Center and LISC Chicago which engaged community residents around community and neighborhood develop in developing a Quality of Life Plan (QLP). As Jose Quilles (the blue-shirted man... Read more »

Book Review: TREKONOMICS - The Economics of STAR TREK

Book Review: TREKONOMICS - The Economics of STAR TREK
Much of my professional career (working with nonprofits, social enterprise, and private clients), as well as my personal philosophy, has been shaped by Star Trek. Whether adopting leadership lessons from Jean-Luc Picard or ethical principles based on the Federation, I have always gravitated towards Trek’s values (second only to those of Doctor Who). So when a recent YouTube video on the... Read more »
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Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital

Cannabis & Economic Development: Seke Ballard & Good Tree Capital
In June 2019, Governor JB Pritzker signed a bill legalizing cannabis in Illinois starting in 2020. As the eleventh state to legalize cannabis, Illinois is hoping to drive economic development. Many local startups seek to take advantage of this legislation, and there are ample opportunities for both economic and community revitalization. On Friday, August 9th,... Read more »

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part Two
(Earlier this week, we spoke with Doug Armstrong about West Monroe Partners’ efforts in corporate social responsibility. Although implementing such programs, we thought it might be beneficial to highlight employee experiences in corporate social responsibility. So today’s entry focuses on how one West Monroe Partners staff member found personal – and professional – success through... Read more »

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One

Corporate Social Responsibility at West Monroe Partners - Part One
(In an effort to drive social change and social impact, many companies are adopting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs. These programs not only result in direct community impact but can also drive many benefits including increased job performance. West Monroe Partners, a business consulting firm in Chicago, serves as a great example of how companies... Read more »
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Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL
Like many startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises, many businesses are adopting a mission-driven philosophy of driving social good. For many organizations and highly prominent individuals, doing good should be “baked into” their corporate mission. As Anand Giriharadas argues in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, this attitude can inadvertently perpetuate the very... Read more »

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective

Mission Driven Culture: A Conversation With Teddy Heidt of Gauge Collective
(Special thanks to Teddy Heidt of the Gauge Collective for his time and insight)  Chicago has a healthy, thriving community of mission-driven businesses working to drive profit as well as social impact. Mission-driven businesses operate from a key set of values, focus on benefiting stakeholders as well as stockholders, and work on driving community collaboration. My recent... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
(Special thanks to Becky Raymond, Executive Director of CLCC, for her time and input) Literacy is the most critical skill needed to navigate our ever-increasingly complicated civic, professional, and technological landscape. With many Chicago residents seeking formal assistance, the Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition (or CCLC) works with Adult Education organizations in Chicago to secure resources and training... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode

Meet Your Neighbor: E G Woode
Long ago, I consulted for various neighborhood businesses and organizations which helped me indulge my two loves: local community development and repurposing old buildings. (Much of the latter stemmed from living in a rehabbed furniture warehouse in St. Louis). So when the opportunity came to learn more and write about E G Woode (a new commercial development... Read more »