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5 Ventures Founded by Women That You Should Check Out

September 21, 2016






Folks, I am a big supporter of women in tech and nonprofit ventures like the Women Startup Challenge that showcases women-led startups. This is important because women still make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce. And women who work in computer and mathematical occupations make 84 cents to every dollar a man earns, according… Read more »

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Does Your Neighbor Have the Right to Vote? And Other Questions This Election Cycle

September 12, 2016






Hey, with the election right around the corner, voting's more important than ever, but getting folks to vote is an ongoing effort. It's up to all of us to ensure the integrity of our voting process by getting registered and encouraging everyone who's able to vote. We've also gotta work to block efforts that prevent… Read more »

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From Barriers to Benefits: Impact of Community Radio in Western Kenya

September 2, 2016






Earlier this year, we shared a blog post about overcoming barriers to tech and community radio in Western Kenya. This is a follow up about the impact of community radio on Mfangano Island from the folks at Organic Health Response… This year, the Ekialo Kiona Suba Radio (“EK-FM”) officially received a radio license by the… Read more »

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How Culinary Programs Replace Homelessness, Addiction, and Incarceration in DC

August 23, 2016






It's important that we're giving back to communities in need. And my take is that it's most important for people to put food on the table, and then a roof over that table. To help facilitate this, I supported the DC Central Kitchen. One way I did that was to help 'em get some new… Read more »

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Why It's Important to Give Back to Veterans and Milfams Year-Round

August 16, 2016






Folks, I do some work to support orgs helping out service members, veterans, and their families. I figure it's the least I can do to give back. We recently wrapped up our 4th annual Veterans Charity Challenge. If you missed it, big congrats to the Grand Prize Winners: 1st Place: Hero Dogs Inc with $101,852 raised…. Read more »

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Journalism Ethics and the Simple-Minded Nerd

August 12, 2016






I’m a news consumer, and just want news I can trust. I’m supporting trustworthy journalism via efforts like TheTrustProject.org and Wikipedia, but I’ve been fairly ignorant regarding related ethics, so … Poynter Institute has great online courses regarding journalism ethics, and, I’ve just gotten through the three most related ones, starting with the basics. I’ve learned… Read more »

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New Poll Reveals: Online Harassment's Still A Problem Despite Action Taken By Social Networks

August 4, 2016






Folks, two years ago, we polled 1,007 Americans to figure out how much people were harassed online. We recently conducted a comparison poll to see how things have changed. We put the data we gathered into an infographic, which you can check out here. Our question: Are social media outlets doing enough to keep harassers… Read more »

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One Nerd’s Take on the Future of Philanthropy

July 27, 2016






You don’t need to make a killing to make a difference. The current models of big philanthropy focus on accumulating massive wealth, followed by the charitable contribution of a very small percentage of that wealth. I’ve practiced a different model, one that’s focused on a commitment to fairness and doing right by others. My philosophy… Read more »

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3 Ways We Can Get More Girls and Women in Tech

July 19, 2016






Folks, it’s important to support women in tech. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of women enroll in college (compared to 63% of men), and women increasingly outnumber men in college graduation rates. Despite these stats, women still make up only a quarter of the tech industry workforce. And women who work in… Read more »

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Funding nonprofit journalism? Be Transparent and Do No Harm

July 11, 2016






The American Press Institute, who support a vibrant and democratic free press, recently released some really good work on the ethics of funding of nonprofit journalism, with specific recommendations to come. I've gotten a glimpse of those recommendations, which have been helpful in advancing my own thinking on a topic that’s a really big deal… Read more »

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