Posts tagged "chicago"

Chicago Net Tuesday & The Broadband Vision

Broadband access is a very hot topic in Chicago, with efforts to make access available to all. From efforts to expand free access on the north side (concurrent with similar efforts on the south side) to news that the Chicago Public Library has received funding to allow patrons to “check out” hotspots, there’s never been... Read more »

Funding Opportunity: Chiditarod Grants

(Special thanks to Michi Trota of Chicago Nerd Social Club for her help in writing this post. Her take on this year’s Chiditarod can be found here.) As a board member for the Chicago Nerd Social Club, I frequently find myself involved in some great, creative efforts to engage people around causes with a pop... Read more »

Letters to a New Mom: Online Resources

With Mother’s Day around the corner (meaning tomorrow), helping a new mom find online resources is critical. There are plenty of great opportunities to help, and along with my fellow Chicago Now bloggers, I’ll be writing another in a series of “Letters to a New Mom”, hoping to bring light to a few online resources.... Read more »
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Donald Sterling's Lessons For Digital Excellence Advocates

Donald Sterling's Lessons For Digital Excellence Advocates
With Donald Sterling’s recent comments leading to banning (and possible removal) from the NBA, discussions around diversity, racism, and inclusion are prevalent. (It also helps that similar conversations are happening in the nerd/geek realm, thanks to two Chicago Nerd Social Club panels at C2E2). When discussing digital excellence – helping non-profits and underserved communities become... Read more »

Online Resources - Alcohol Awareness Month

Online Resources - Alcohol Awareness Month
Every April, the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month, an effort to educate the general public about the nature of alcoholism and the dangers of problem drinking. (Admittedly, I have a personal interest in this – not only was my training in chemical dependency, ut I once worked for their companion... Read more »

Support Chicago Meetups For Social Good

Last weekend, Meetup.com was brought to a standstill due to a variety of attacks on its service. (Slate has a great article outlining exactly what happened). For many groups, Meetup provides valuable assistance and resources for organizers of events. In the past few weeks, two new Meetups – focusing on tech and social good –... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: ICECF

Meet Your Neighbor: ICECF
(Special thanks to Derek Serafin at Motion PR and Matthew Kurtzman at ICECF for their time, their efforts, and their contributions) Like many of us in Chicago, I’ve been busy dealing with the harsh weather…meaning that the last thing on my mind is focusing on the beginning of the school year. For Matthew Kurtzman, Executive... Read more »

Leaving Net2Chi

I hope you’ll forgive the late nature of this week’s post, but I have been busy doing something that….well, I’ve been reluctant to do, but need to do nonetheless. As many of you know, I’ve been co-organizer of Net Tuesday Chicago or “Net2Chi” for the past six years – sole organizer for the past year... Read more »

5 New Year's Resolutions for Social Change Agents

Although New Year’s celebrations may be over, New Year’s resolutions have a great importance. For social change agents like non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and other community-based mission-driven organizations, adapting to the constant evolution of technology will be critical. So here are five resolutions that Chicago-based social change agents should consider keeping to insure success in 2014:... Read more »
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Fighting Hunger Online Through Pop Culture

With the holiday season nearly upon us, many are looking to help those who are less fortunate. Agencies like the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank are working to help fight hunger….and both agencies have created unique methods of engaging people’s help in fighting hunger through pop culture. As part of... Read more »