Posts tagged "open source"

The Art of Learning About Nonprofit Software

Recently, a colleague of mine had asked my assistance in identifying software vendors for nonprofits….and although I was able to help him somewhat (with further follow-up to come). it started me thinking about a central question….just how and where do nonprofits decide to purchase software? For me, it was easy – I had always worked with... Read more »

More Non-Profit Coworking Resources in Chicago

 A few weeks ago, we featured some great coworking spaces in Chicago focused on social ventures, non-profits, and other business entities focused on making an impact on the greater community.  Coworking spaces provide startups, non-profits, and other small businesses the opportunity to have a central, affordable place to perform their day-to-day business. Since many small... Read more »

Non-Profit Government Shutdown Survival Guide

With the government shutdown underway, many non-profits may be confused about how to proceed. With the debt ceiling deadline looming on October 17th, many organizations find themselves proceeding with great caution. However, this is also an opportunity for Chicago area non-profits, social ventures, and other social change agents to consider taking a slightly different approach.... Read more »
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Librivox: Public Domain Done Right

Public domain books (whose copyrights have lapsed) are often more readily available for public consumption….but sadly, no works in the United States entered the public domain this year. Much like Creative Commons (of more recent vintage), public domain works allow for greater distribution and reuse of works, creating new media from bits of the old?... Read more »

Google's Black Friday Gift

Today is best known as “Black Friday” due to heavy amounts of retail occurring. But today, I’m going to encourage everyone to become advocates in a way that will make today a little less Black. Google is starting efforts to help make the Internet “free and legal” – efforts are underway to more heavily regulate... Read more »

The Power of Podcasting

The Power of Podcasting
It’s probably one of the most frequently used tools to help spread the word, and many agencies, quite simply, aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. I’m talking, of course, about podcasts – essentially online radio shows that provide a forum for discussion about a variety of topics. (Brief note – I co-host a podcast about... Read more »
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After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!

After The Election, Keep Democracy Open!
It is sorely tempting to write about all of the great apps and widgets that are making this election happen. Whether it’s Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, whoever handles the affairs of state will be entering a relatively new political sphere  in which voters and citizens have greater expectations around accountability, transparency, and insight into... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One

Meet Your Neighbor: Pumping Station One
It’s simply easy to focus on “tech and the social good” as merely about software, or data, or social media….but there are places around the city that take an open source approach, bringing together a community around a common goal. Free Geek Chicago is one of those organizations; another is Pumping Station One, located on... Read more »

A Striking Education in Open Source Software

A Striking Education in Open Source Software
Admittedly, I’m a big fan of our local library system – I grew up making semi-regular walks down Archer Avenue to the Brighton Park branch from my grandmother’s house. I also visit my local branch when I need to do some “remote” working….and check out some books. So I was very heartened – and proud... Read more »
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Networking Offline and Online

Networking Offline and Online
I have to admit, I’m a late bloomer when it comes to networking – thankfully, though, several people in my youth (and in middle-age) helped remind me about the power of making connections…. …but sometimes, the non-profit world sees “networking” as a synonym of “schmoozing”. Or somehow, that “online engagement” simply means “posting pictures of... Read more »