Our brains love stories, and luckily, the Internet is full of them. Hardly a day goes by that one of my friends doesn't post something heartwarming and awe-inspiring from Upworthy or some other positive news site. Read More »
How we developed a name for the Steve & Jamie Chen Center for Innovation & Inquiry at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois Read More »
I think this is one of the reasons businesses and nonprofits get scared about doing social media. Since social media is constantly changing, it's easy to get floored by a new piece of information — suddenly, you're doing Twitter wrong! You're on an outdated platform! You're supposed to be posting twice as much as you are! Back away, don't touch it! Read More »
I see a lot of Facebook posts, inspirational word-illustrations and other types of one-thought memes that encourage people to “pursue their passion” in business. This is for those of you who already have taken the jump and are starting to see the cracks and for those of thinking about starting. It’s a noble pursuit and yes, it feels great when you take that first leap, but it’s going to take a whole lot more than passion to develop a thriving, profitable business that makes an impact. It’s going to take confidence, difficult decisions, learning to deal with major failure, and a whole bunch of other stuff. What else?
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Smart Chicago Collaborative held their first annual Chicago School of Data Days conference on September 19th-20th. The two-day conference brought together more than 200 Chicago organizations, and caught the attention of many more nationwide. Sessions covered all things nonprofit technology, and showcased the amazing work that design studios, data scientists, developers, and nonprofits are doing together everyday to improve Chicago.
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