Tag: online networking

An Open Letter to Meetup.com

An Open Letter to Meetup.com
Dear Meetup.com We need to have a serious talk. Many people, professional organizations, nonprofits, and other social endeavors rely on your service for a basic community-building tool that provides event planning, RSVP, member contact, and other services for a small price. (I should know – I use meetup to organize groups around caregiving, coworking, and... Read more »

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity

Caregiving, Career, and Creativity
Two weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to win the 2019 Pulp Factory Award for my short story “Knights of the Silver Cross” in 1950s Western Roundup. After winning the award, I decided to take a break from creativity and writing. Working on creative projects for two years non-stop while balancing caregiving duties and freelance work... Read more »

Non-Profit Funding Opportunity: Humana Foundation

Non-Profit Funding Opportunity: Humana Foundation
One of the many benefits of writing this blog is that I have the opportunity to provide resources, including opportunities for non-profit funding. Many non-profits are finding that the constant search for new funding can impede their ability to make greater impact, and this week’s post focuses on an opportunity through the Humana Foundation. The... Read more »
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Letters to a New Mom: Online Resources

With Mother’s Day around the corner (meaning tomorrow), helping a new mom find online resources is critical. There are plenty of great opportunities to help, and along with my fellow Chicago Now bloggers, I’ll be writing another in a series of “Letters to a New Mom”, hoping to bring light to a few online resources.... Read more »

Fighting Hunger Online Through Pop Culture

With the holiday season nearly upon us, many are looking to help those who are less fortunate. Agencies like the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Northern Illinois Food Bank are working to help fight hunger….and both agencies have created unique methods of engaging people’s help in fighting hunger through pop culture. As part of... Read more »

BREAKING BAD & Non-Profit "Gatekeeping"

One of the big winners at last night’s Emmys was AMC’s Breaking Bad, whose premise focuses around the idea that the most innocuous people may hide a malevolent streak. In the non-profit/social good world, such people abound (especially when it comes to tech or social media) – they often appear to be innocent, but their behavior... Read more »
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Sign Up for Social Media Week in September!

One area that non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and social change agents have great trouble understanding is the full impact of using social media. Many consultants often promote a basic “you-gotta-be-on-this-channel”  mentality, but rarely understand the impact on organizations, businesses, and individuals. Thankfully, Social Media Week – a global initiative that works towards explaining social, cultural and economic... 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 »

Living A Mission-Driven Lifestyle

Increasingly, even though I blog about “tech” and “the social good” in Chicago, I’m surprised at how becoming an agent of the social good and leading a mission-driven life is becoming the “in” thing…both in terms of personal as well as business goals. A new state task force (FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a volunteer on... Read more »
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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 »