I have to admit, I don't want to write this post. But one of my oldest friends suggested that maybe writing about my recent experiences because they might provide a unique perspective. Think of this as a tale of change, which happens regardless of our desires...
For many Chicago-area nonprofit organizations and professionals, Meetup is a critical organizational tool allowing them to build and engage communities. (Meetup is also used by a variety of other organizations, and in the interest of full disclosure, I run two Meetups – one based on a television show, the other around coworking in Chicago). So... Read more »
Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr Thanks to concerned citizens taking a cue from Barack Obama’s farewell address, community organizing is making a comeback in response to Donald Trump’s actions as President. Whether you’re talking about Trump’s recent travel ban or the fact that he’s appointed a white supremacist journalist to the National Security Council, many... Read more »
Every month, Chicago Now Bloggers participate in "Blogapalooz-Hour", where we all write about a particular topic in one hour's time, and this month's topic is “Write about the first time you felt like you were a grown-up.”
What's particularly ironic is that I felt like a grown-up....when I moved to St. Louis and lived there for seven years. Short story - after leaving grad school, moved to Oregon because I got engaged. Planned on settling down, work in the chemical dependency field...and then the relationship ended. After finding a job in St. Louis at the urging of one of my friends, I moved to St. Louis during a very hectic December, living there until I moved back to Chicago in March 2007 because of my mother's health...
On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country. Many will protest by... Read more »
For the blog’s final post of 2016, I wanted to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher. Although like many people, I grew up in the shadow of the original Star Wars trilogy, I also knew that she developed a second career as a writer, but most importantly….she was a strong advocate for mental health services. You’ll be... Read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »