Posts tagged "technology"

Community Organizing Tools To Resist Trump

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr  Thanks to concerned citizens taking a cue from Barack Obama’s farewell address, community organizing is making a comeback in response to Donald Trump’s actions as President. Whether you’re talking about Trump’s recent travel ban or the fact that he’s appointed a white supremacist journalist to the National Security Council, many... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Youth-Led Tech

(Special thanks to Toni Irving of Get IN Chicago and Kyla Williams of Smart Chicago Collaborative for their time and insights). On August 5th, graduation ceremonies were held for a group of 100 teenagers who learned web coding and other computer skills. These teens participated in a program called Youth-Led Tech, which provided seven classes... Read more »

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 »
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Update: LAST WEEK TONIGHT & Upcoming Events

Update: LAST WEEK TONIGHT & Upcoming Events
Things have been quite busy in the weeks before Thanksgiving….so much so that I thought I would provide an update, as well as promote some upcoming events that may interest Chicago nonprofits, social enterprises, and other social change agencies. Two months ago, I wrote an Open Letter to John Oliver of Last Week Tonight, asking if... 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 »

Tomorrow: A Powerful Word for Nonprofits

Tomorrow: A Powerful Word for Nonprofits
It’s a challenge laid down to many Chicago Now bloggers – talk about literally what our hopes, expectations, and actions will be tomorrow. On a simple, tomorrow (as I write this) will be Saturday – I’ll be attending a brunch for Chicago Nerd Social Club and Chicago Doctor Who Meetup . But overall, I’m much... Read more »
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Improvisation & Play in Nonprofit Technology

 Things have been quite busy for me lately: between increased consulting work (including a brand new project), attending a Second City ETC revue for my personal blog, and attending C2E2, my schedule has been rather hectic. But these few weeks have also reminded me about the importance of improvisation – and play – in nonprofit/social... 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 »

I Served As Judge for the Chicago Primary Election

For many, this past Tuesday’s Chicago primary election were about selecting their mayoral and aldermanic candidates of choice. For me, it was a very unique challenge….as I served as election judge for the 13th Ward. What motivated me to such an action? The previous election – more specifically, the use of robocalling to disrupt voting-... Read more »
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Nonprofit Freelancing: Lessons From Vancouver

(Special thanks to Nik Badminton for taking time out of his schedule for this discussion. What follows is a general summary). When I wrote my recent review of The Economy of You, I might have expected more discussion around the challenges of social venture/nonprofit freelancing. However, I was elated when Nik Badminton of Freelancer.com reached... Read more »