Posts tagged "neighborhood"

Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking

Balancing Freelancing & Caretaking
Three months ago, I moved out of my apartment into my mom’s place in Beverly to help take care of her. (She’s had health issues, and is currently in rehab for a recent amputation). Since I’ve been transitioning into freelancing (with actual paid work!), I thought caretaking my mother would be easier. After all, didn’t... Read more »

Freelance Nonprofit Work: The Road Less Traveled

Freelance Nonprofit Work: The Road Less Traveled
This week’s post is part of Blogapalooz-Hour, a monthly effort by Chicago Now bloggers to post on a particular theme. It’s also ironic, because today I ended a short-term freelance position and submitted a piece for a benefit book. Ever since choosing freelance nonprofit work over a traditional position, I have to say that I did... Read more »

Meeting Old and New Community Connections

Connection: a word that has multiple meanings within multiple contexts. For my professional life, it means both technological (through social media, online communications, mobile) and personal (friends, family, networking). In the past few weeks, I have been reengaging with the greater community after having to withdraw due to personal concerns (including one family member’s health issues,... Read more »
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Connecting (And Reconnecting) With Brighton Park Library

Yesterday, I had to perform an act that, for a variety of reasons, was tinged with nostalgia and regret. I had to return my hotspot to the Brighton Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. Now, you may be thinking that I am being overly dramatic, or a bit over-the-top. However, that particular branch of... Read more »

Addendum: Chicago Mayoral Election Judge

A few weeks ago, I wrote about serving as election judge in the February primary. As a first-time judge, I had some questions and observations, and was fortunate to discuss these matters via e-mail with Jim Allen at the Board of Elections. With a Chicago mayoral election just a few weeks away, I thought this... 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 »
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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 »

Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!

Resolve to Connect Chicago In 2013!
Your New Year’s Resolution may be to find work, or to learn how to navigate the social sphere….but for many of us, online access is not easily available. You may have even seen some intriguing signs at bus and train stations encouraging you to “Connect Chicago” Quite honestly, this is one of the best tech-oriented... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Digital Access Alliance

Meet Your Neighbor: Chicago Digital Access Alliance
Admittedly, the past week has been busy for me, between continuing a job search and taking care of some family issues. But thankfully, I was able to reengage with an organization that I have worked with via Net Tuesday (or our relatively new title, Net2Chi)….and which I’m proud to introduce (or reintroduce) via this blog.... Read more »
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DexCon - Driving Digital Excellence In Chicago's Neighborhoods

DexCon - Driving Digital Excellence In Chicago's Neighborhoods
Driving digital excellence and literacy in the Chicago area is a key undertaking for many groups. I’m fortunate to be part of one of them – another is the Chicago Digital Access alliance. Thankfully, they’re going to be putting on an event on November 10th, and this is a great opportunity for community-minded people, neighborhood... Read more »