Posts tagged "mission driven"

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 »

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK

Nonprofit Leadership Lessons from STAR TREK
Books on nonprofit leadership often run the gamut from very high-level treatises to more down-to-earth entries like The Mission Myth and Who Says It’s A Man’s World? However, in an increasingly complex field, transitioning into nonprofit leadership (as well as social enterprise and other mission-driven leadership) can be a challenge. In fact, for many, it’s a challenge... Read more »

Nonprofits and Social Enterprise: What Are Your Biggest Challenges?

Nonprofits and Social Enterprise: What Are Your Biggest Challenges?
As a Chicago Now blogger, I have been writing about technology, nonprofits and social enterprise in Chicago. for several years. I have featured various organizations, discussed various resources, and started conversations about community and mission-driven organizations. But there’s one thing I haven’t done in this blog….and I’m kicking off 2016 by soliciting your feedback. My main... Read more »
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2015 In Review: One Cause At A Time

2015 In Review: One Cause At A Time
Examining 2015 in review, Chicago can easily make one very important claim: 2015 was the year in which Chicago residents actively built and strengthened their communities one cause at a time, and technology played a greater role in making that happen. From a highly contested mayoral race to protests around police conduct, from library hotspots... Read more »

Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change

Winston Churchill: Inspiration For Social Change
Every month, Chicago Now invites its bloggers to write about a set topic – for November, the focus is on a particular quote and describes how it resonates or has meaning for us. One of my personal go-to sources for inspiration is Winston Churchill, and one of his frequently used quotes describes my attitude about... Read more »

Blog Action Day 2015

Blog Action Day 2015
Every year, this blog participates in Blog Action Day, a global effort to drive conversation around a given topic. This year, bloggers are being asked to focus their Blog Action Day 2015 post around the theme “Raise Your Voice”, with a specific focus on blogging. In many other countries, there are efforts to silence dissent, to... Read more »
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Follow Up: Chicago Cares Serve A Thon 2015

Recently, I participated in Chicago Cares Serve-A-Thon 2015, and although I wrote about the experience, I don’t think my prose did the event justice. There was a high number of participants in a wide variety of activities…. However, this recently released video is a great example of everything that went into the event. (And you... Read more »

Great Chicago Events This Coming Week

Summer usually means one thing: a variety of events geared towards getting out and meeting others. Some Chicago events are focused around social good and social change, and this week, we’re going to be highlighting some upcoming events to add to your calendar. This Saturday is the kickoff for Learnapalooza, and all-day festival of learning.... Read more »

Knowing My Strengths

“Growing up” in the nonprofit world professionally, knowing my strengths (professional and personal) – and aware of the things I was good at – was always a challenge. Much of it came because of my personal background – without going into details, self-esteem came late in my life. In fact, learning what I was good... Read more »
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Why I'm Joining Chicago Cares' Serve-A-Thon 2015

Volunteering can be a challenge – our time is taken up by family, friends, work, and other activities. In fact, my own time has been busy with consulting work, other writing commitments, and keeping current with the state of social good in Chicago. So when I was invited to join Chicago Cares’ Serve-a-Thon on June... Read more »