I'm a big fan of the Nonprofit With Balls blog, and especially appreciate this sassy-but-informative post about the facts and fictions about nonprofit "watchdogs." Whether you're a nonprofit veteran looking to dispel myths, or a potential donor wondering about holiday giving, it's a useful and enlightening read.
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... This summer, Interface, Inc. named Future of Business participant Micaiah as their 2016 Interface Scholar, and Jarami Bond, Sustainability Coordinator, has been mentoring and learning from her, as he wrote about in his quick-read blog post this week.Read More
I was proud to read a recent Fast Company article about efforts to make government services more user-friendly in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida. After conducting user research with support from IDEO, they developed innovations like a "Department of Doing" to guide residents through government processes. It's an inspiring story, and one that I will keep an eye on.
If there's one thing that I've learned from projects that depend on collaboration between organizations, it's that the process of getting and balancing input can be just as important as the outcome itself. This recent article from Vox, about a carbon tax initiative in Washington state, is an illustrative example of why strategic and deliberate collaboration is necessary to tackle complex issues.
A fascinating New York Times article from last week poses an interesting question: Is it possible to tap into teenage rebelliousness as a source for social good? The strategies outlined in the article hold important lessons for efforts like Foresight Prep @ Oberlin, which is designed to empower the next generation to tackle our most pressing challenges.
In the wake of last year's COP21 agreement, ecosystem-based strategies are making a comeback for climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. Though there seems to be some controversy over their specific role, it seems clear that natural systems, in addition to their inherent value, have an important role to play in protecting and revitalizing those built by humans.
The Surge Series podcast from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, which explores the human side of energy, is back with a new episode. This installment explores the compelling question of how new technology affects gender roles, and features a discussion with a guest from DTE Energy about the utility's award-winning home energy app.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, this new article examines environmental injustices in the Detroit area. Working at the more conceptual levels of sustainability, it reminded me of the urgency of addressing environmental conditions that affect communities in our own city.
While I'm skeptical of the efficacy of resolutions, the start of a new year is an opportunity to face challenges with fresh eyes. Accordingly, I'm looking forward to a new article series that intends to help impact designers embrace the possibility of failure and more effectively learn from it.
When trying to get a sense of public awareness on climate change, I find my dear uncle proves a reliable indicator. Over the holidays, I learned that he had not yet seen the mounting data that shows that 2015 has been the hottest year on record, and by far thanks to a strong and steady El Niño, so I pointed him here.Read More
A recent article in Stanford Social Innovation Review addresses a central challenge of collective impact efforts: the potential loss of autonomy by participating entities. As we've learned in our work, overcoming this barrier is not easy, but it can be mitigated by involving stakeholders in the creation of unifying structures, and providing mechanisms to reward them for their contributions.Read More
The UN climate talks in Paris kicked off on Monday, with world leaders working to reach an agreement to manage their nations' collective carbon emissions. The urgency of this effort cannot be overstated, as summarized by this recent New York Times piece, and I hope that the talks lead to more decisive large-scale action.