Tag: business

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 »

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »

Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"

Tony Robbins, Buzzfeed, and Self-Proclaimed "Gurus"
Many of my business colleagues, regardless of whether they’re in the nonprofit, social enterprise, or mission-driven business sphere, rely on the philosophy of Tony Robbins for their success. Despite a recent Buzzfeed article outlining allegations of inappropriate behavior, Tony Robbins retains the support of many of his acolytes. (He has also strongly criticized the site in... Read more »
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Caregiving, Career, and Creativity

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Pulp Factory Award for my short story “Knights of the Silver Cross” in 1950s Western Roundup. After winning the award, I decided to take a break from creativity and writing. Working on creative projects for two years non-stop while balancing caregiving duties and freelance work... Read more »

VIDEO: Thoughts About Freelancing

Although work and personal matters have kept me away from the keyboard, I wanted to pop in with a brief heads-up. Recently, I was contacted by Samuel Durand, who is working on a project in France centered around freelancing, coworking, and freelance workers. I met with him and his colleague, Thuy Khanh-Nguyen, to discuss these... Read more »

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 »
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I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing

I Code Hire Me: A Case Study in Guerilla Marketing
(Special thanks to Sean Crowe and Thomas Gorczynski of Hacksmith Labs for their time and insight) For many startups, social enterprises, and nonprofits guerilla marketing can be an effective strategy to drive word-of-mouth and engage their wider audience. with minimal marketing resources. Many job seekers and freelancers face the challenge of effectively marketing themselves in... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project

Meet Your Neighbor: Silvana Favaretto of the Tulle Project
(Special thanks to Silvana Favaretto for her time and insights) Part of this blog’s purpose is to highlight Chicago-area “mission-driven businesses” like nonprofits or social enterprise. However, the whole notion of a “mission-driven business” seems…abstract. Every business has a mission: to make a profit. However, what distinguishes a truly “mission-driven business” is a move from... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance

Meet Your Neighbor: Rona Borre of Instant Alliance
 (Special thanks to Ms. Borre for her time and insight) Over the past ten years, the Chicago technology scene has grown and the need for qualified candidates has also expanded. During that time, there was a lack of diversity (including women) working in the tech scene. Although there has been great growth in the tech field... Read more »
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Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems

Cyber Security Chicago: Colin McKinty of BAE Systems
(Special thanks to Colin McKinty of BAE Systems for his time and insights; please be sure to read our previous Cyber Security Chicago installments with David Juniper, Marcin Kleczynski, Sandra Fathi and Joe Rogalski) One of the best strategies that nonprofits and social enterprise organizations can implement in taking cybersecurity measures is determining their overall value. Determining that... Read more »