Posts tagged "community"

Five Years of Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction Planning

My Badge of Honor
It’s really hard to believe that this will be my fifth year as Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction director. (Chicago TARDIS, for those of you who are unaware, is a Doctor Who-themed convention that happens every November in Lombard). Not only does it support Northern Illinois Food Bank, but it’s also a way for me to... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: I Attended My First Vigil

FULL DISCLOSURE: For a person who advocates for getting more involved in the community, and who tries to provide resources to empower people….I have done a poor job as a citizen and an ally. The only vigil I had kept was regular Twitter engagement. Honestly, most of my advocacy has been behind the keyboard. I... Read more »

"Fear Makes Companions Of Us All"

When this month’s Blogapalooz-hour challenge arrived in my email box, I was particularly intrigued by the opportunity to write about a past Blogapalooz-Hour, topic…and once I decided on a topic, the above Doctor Who clip popped in my head. (The above citation is a riff from the classic series episode An Unearthly Child). Writing about this in a... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th

Meet Your Neighbor: My Block My Hood My City on August 19th
Every once in awhile, this blog highlights some great organizations that make a positive impact on the city of Chicago and its neighborhoods. In the past, we have highlighted Chicago Cares and its efforts to engage residents and volunteers on improving our community. On August 19th, there is a great opportunity to make an impact…and... Read more »

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville

Stand In Solidarity With Charlottesville
In light of yesterday’s events in Charlottesville, VA….I’m unsure what kind of comfort I could give to readers, friends, and others. So I’m not even going to try…what I am going to do is list various resources for helping the people of Charlottesville recover. It may not be much – or enough – but at the... Read more »

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN

Google, Sexism, & When Dudebros Become MAD MEN
Sometimes, writing about tech provides….interesting challenges. For example: after writing a follow-up post about App Camp For Girls’ pitch event, I wrote a review of Disrupted by Dan Lyons, which emphasized a lack of diversity within the startup world. So the latest news – about how James Damore wrote a memo for Google claiming that women can’t... Read more »
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Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew

Why I Would Hang With the LEVERAGE Crew
After writing about detoxing from Facebook, a fun excursion into one of my favorite shows is in order. This week’s Blogapalooz-hour topic is…. “What fictional character (or characters) would you most like to spend time with and what would you do together?” Of course, my mind instantly went to Leverage, the socially conscious program about a... Read more »

My Facebook Detox, Part Two: What I Learned

Last week, I blogged that I would be taking a one-week break from Facebook. With the help of browser extensions, I would avoid signing into Facebook. (And for good measure, I threw in HootSuite and YouTube and focused primarily on Twitter.)  My rationale was whether I was becoming a little too dependent on the service, focusing... Read more »

My Facebook Detox, Part One

My Facebook Detox, Part One
You would think that as a social media consultant, I would live and breathe on Facebook…especially since my past nonprofit and social enterprise clients rely on it heavily. However, my personal engagement on Facebook is becominbut quite frankly, it’s becoming a problem for me. Much of it is personal – the emotional consequences of the... Read more »
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Sign Up Now: App Camp For Girls

Sign Up Now: App Camp For Girls
App Camp for Girls is a non-profit,week-long camp that teaches middle-school aged girls app development, introduces them to leaders in the tech field, and encourages them to explore careers in software and technology. It’s also a great effort to counter gender inequality in a highly prominent industry. Recent statistics reveal that women represent 56% of the workforce, but... Read more »