Posts tagged "community"

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor

My Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Badge of Honor
Pinned to a corkboard in my home office is a blue badge. Three hundred and sixty days out of the year, it hangs there as a reminder…and for four days in November, that badge serves as a reminder of how driving social change – and doing good for the greater community – can happen in... Read more »

Five Lessons in Social Justice from Colin Kaepernick

One of the biggest stories of recent days has been Colin Kaepernick and his protest….and rather than spend time recapping, here’s a 1o minute clip from The Daily Show that outlines exactly what’s been happening:  It’s ironic that, in a year that is highly charged around both free speech and social justice issues, that the individual... Read more »

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 »
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Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago

Care For Friends: Impacting Homelessness in Chicago
Serving the homeless in Chicago can be a challenge for many organizations. Identifying and counting an exact number can be challenging due to the inexact nature of homelessness in Chicago. Many nonprofits make strong efforts to provide services to this population, but one nonprofit – Care For Friends – takes a very unique, compassionate perspective... Read more »

My (Not-So) Secret Life in Tobacco Prevention

Yesterday, a new-ish colleague and I were having a conversation. You know, the good, old-fashioned get-to-know-you conversations that people tend to have. One of the topics that came up – and which surprised my new colleague – was my background in tobacco prevention. Granted, it happened in St. Louis (rather than Chicago), but in looking... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative

Meet Your Neighbor: Life Creative
(Special thanks to Life Creative for inviting us to check them out, as well as for background and support materials) For many Chicago-area freelancers, nonprofits, and social enterprise organizations, finding a coworking space provides a unique challenge. Although Chicago is experiencing huge growth in coworking spaces (and we’ve written about several of them in the past),... Read more »

Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed

Tech Month Chicago: What We Missed
Sometimes, I get so busy with personal and professional commitments (including running my own consultancy) that I miss out on key events….meaning that you, the reader, miss out on great community-oriented tech gatherings in Chicago. However, consider this week’s post a great wrap-up of an event back in June….as well as drive interest for the... Read more »

Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th

Social Enterprise Pitch Night on June 30th
Chicago is leading the way in driving socially-minded businesses and other social enterprises. On June 30th, social change advocates are invited to attend Social Enterprise Pitch Night hosted by Social Enterprise Alliance-Chicago and Net Impact Chicago. If you’ve ever watched “Shark Tank”, you’ll understand the format: five social entrepreneur finalists will present their business concepts to judges... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: IssueLab

(Special thanks to Gordon Mayer for the heads-up!) Driving social change in Chicago means meeting a variety of really great like-minded people, but it also means learning about great resources for nonprofits. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn about IssueLab, an online initiative that seeks to help nonprofits by centralizing research. Although affiliated with... Read more »