Posts tagged "development"

Planning the Chicago TARDIS Charity Auction

As an active social change agent, I always “practice what I preach” and have a healthy set of interests outside of my professional efforts. As a very active Doctor Who fan, I always look forward to organizing the Chicago TARDIS charity auction. It’s a great opportunity for me to stay involved, keep my skills up, but more... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Sunshine Enterprises

Meet Your Neighbor: Sunshine Enterprises
Businesses are the cornerstone of any neighborhood, providing stability, growth, and a sense of community investment. Local businesses often rely on each other, so when businesses close or shut down, that often results in community deterioration. Sunshine Enterprises, a Chicago-area non-profit, is looking to make a positive impact matters in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Located in... 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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Networking Online and Offline - Two Opportunities

Networking and resource sharing are critical when driving digital and technological excellence in socially beneficial initiatives, and thankfully, readers of this blog have two opportunities to network online and offline. First, this blog now has a formal Facebook presence, which not only allows me to share posts more easily, but also encourages you, the reader,... Read more »

Blog Action Day: Digital Excellence As a Human Right

Blog Action Day: Digital Excellence As a Human Right
For bloggers around the world (including this one), today is Blog Action Day, which focuses attention on issues and trends in social justice. This year’s theme – centered around human rights – proved to be challenge, until I realized that there was a basic concept which drives tech and the social good, that impacts individuals... Read more »

Going WiFi On the Southwest Side

Going WiFi On the Southwest Side
Travel to the corner of 63rd and Pulaski on the southwest side of Chicago, and you’ll find some really distinctive architecture – a former bank, an old-fashioned shoe store, a relatively new library, and a large Indian who has switched from selling tobacco to  eye care. Soon, that corner will strengthen its network as neighborhood businesses and local... Read more »
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Net2Chi & NTEN - Know the Difference!

Net2Chi & NTEN - Know the Difference!
As the organizer for Net2Chi (aka “Chicago Net Tuesday” or “Chicago Netsquared”), I often hear about other organizations that are doing similar work….and the conversation always turns to the obvious question: “Why don’t you work with NTEN?” This is a very ironic question, because both organizations are branches of a larger non-profit….and both branches are doing some... Read more »

A Musical Tea-Driven Kickstarter

A Musical Tea-Driven Kickstarter
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Kiva allow individuals and groups to mobilize their networks in supporting and funding small and unique projects. Much like Future Perfect‘s take on government, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding allow people to allocate their resources appropriately for unique projects that can drive social good and small business development. One of those projects is... Read more »

Hacking Open Data for Democracy

One of the treasure troves for hackers is the idea of “open data” – data which Chicago government provides for citizens to maintain transparency. However, interpreting this data can be a challenge, because there are very few online resources for doing so….unless, of course, you head to 1871 every Tuesday night. This past week, I... Read more »
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Venturing Towards Socially Beneficial Business

Venturing Towards Socially Beneficial Business
It’s easy to think of using tech to drive social good via non-profits….but there’s a growing movement of businesses who are becoming more tech-savvy, but who also realize that benefiting the social good isn’t just a great idea, but can positively impact their bottom line. Social entrepreneurship is the idea that business principles can be used to drive... Read more »