Posts tagged "technology"

Advice For A New Grad: Social Change Careers

Like many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers, I am writing this week to offer advice to a new grad (or graduates) about non-profit, social entrepreneurship, or other social change careers. As someone who has had a long career which includes nonprofit work, this is especially timely – I’m more than happy to share my... Read more »

Donald Sterling's Lessons For Digital Excellence Advocates

Donald Sterling's Lessons For Digital Excellence Advocates
With Donald Sterling’s recent comments leading to banning (and possible removal) from the NBA, discussions around diversity, racism, and inclusion are prevalent. (It also helps that similar conversations are happening in the nerd/geek realm, thanks to two Chicago Nerd Social Club panels at C2E2). When discussing digital excellence – helping non-profits and underserved communities become... Read more »

Chicago Networking Events For the Social Good

Chicago is a city where various networking events focused on technology and social benefit efforts thrive and flourish. Although several Meetup groups were featured last week, there are other groups that provide great informational and networking opportunities. (And unlike other networking groups, focus more on delivering value than driving a high number of attendees). This... Read more »
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5 New Year's Resolutions for Social Change Agents

Although New Year’s celebrations may be over, New Year’s resolutions have a great importance. For social change agents like non-profits, social entrepreneurs, and other community-based mission-driven organizations, adapting to the constant evolution of technology will be critical. So here are five resolutions that Chicago-based social change agents should consider keeping to insure success in 2014:... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: UsToo

Meet Your Neighbor: UsToo
(Special thanks to Derek Serafin of Motion PR for his assistance, and Tom Kirk of UsToo for his time and input) When discussing tech and non-profits, it is very easy to think broadly – social media, open source software, and other high-end tools. Thankfully, UsToo provides a great example of using channels to better engage... Read more »

Hookers & Hackers & Buffer - Oh, My!

This past week has been busy for me, prepping for Friday’s panel discussion at DexCon2013 (thanks to Pierre Clark of the Chicago Digital Access Alliance for the invitation), but I didn’t want to let this week pass without addressing several pieces of recent news and commentary on the tech scene….and their implications for non-profits, social... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Net2Chi & NTEN - Know the Difference!

Net2Chi & NTEN - Know the Difference!
As the organizer for Net2Chi (aka “Chicago Net Tuesday” or “Chicago Netsquared”), I often hear about other organizations that are doing similar work….and the conversation always turns to the obvious question: “Why don’t you work with NTEN?” This is a very ironic question, because both organizations are branches of a larger non-profit….and both branches are doing some... Read more »