Posts tagged "tech"

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 »

Ben Affleck, Batman, and Slacktivism

Current social media conversations have generated a large amount of interest…and controversy. Recent casting news about Ben Affleck as Batman has generated a great deal of awareness, controversy, and in some cases….online petitions. And it provides a great cautionary tale for non-profits, social ventures, community organizations, and other social change agents in Chicago. It’s called slacktivism, defined... Read more »

Book Review: Who Says Social Benefit Is Only A MAN'S WORLD?

Agents of social change – whether they work for non-profits, social ventures, or other organizations – face similar challenges in handling the professional landscape. From office politics to supervising others, it would be easy to mistake the more humanistic tone of social change efforts as “warm and fuzzy”; to survive, one needs to be “smart and... Read more »
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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 »

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review
With next week’s election, we will be choosing the person who will be setting the agenda for the next few years. We’ll be setting our national agenda….and part of the success has been tapping into decentralized networks. One of the great ideas proposed on Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect is the idea that a new kind of... Read more »

Building Better Government One App At A Time

Building Better Government One App At A Time
One of the many ways in which tech can impact our communities is when citizens and software coders collaborate on apps that improve government effectiveness and/or allow greater access to public data. Recently, I received notice about a really  great opportunity for people to get engaged. Code For America is a relatively new non-profit with a... Read more »
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Jennifer Livingston and CyberBullying

Jennifer Livingston and CyberBullying
Recently, much has been made about Jennifer Livingston, the Wisconsin anchor who received a critical message from a viewer about her weight. There’s been great discussion about bullying in general….and cyberbullying in particular. First, there’s a distinct age difference – when it happens with youth, it’s cyberbullying, and with adults, it’s cyberharrassment. Either way, it’s... Read more »

Making At-Risk Motherhood Easier Via Mobile

Making At-Risk Motherhood Easier Via Mobile
A colleague once asked me why I attended corporate networking events rather than just stick with networking in the non-profit/social good field. From my perspective, “social good” is an all-encompassing idea, and I believe that any opportunity to engage the larger community can result in learning about something wonderful. I was fortunate enough to volunteer... Read more »

Building Better Communities Through Broadband

Building Better Communities Through Broadband
You’ve probably read the news – Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has announced the Chicago Broadband Challenge, encouraging citizens to get involved in helping establish city-wide online access, and you probably have one question on your minds…. Why should I bother – or care? Here’s the reason why – the Chicago Broadband Challenge is a really great... Read more »
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Linking Bacon Numbers and Board Members

Linking Bacon Numbers and Board Members
Two important news items relating to online networking were announced this past week – the first is that Google now allows you search for degrees of separation between any actor and Kevin Bacon. (For the record, my Bacon number is 2 – I was an extra in Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro, who starred in... Read more »