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Top 10 Veterans Orgs to Follow on Twitter

November 8, 2013






Hey,  Veterans Day is Monday, and there are some good orgs who really have their boots on the ground. Okay, a while back, my wife (then fiance) asked me why I only did my normal level of support for veterans and military families on Memorial Day. My blurt was that "for me, every day's Memorial… Read more »

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Do eCommerce Giving Programs Effectively Raise Money for Charity?

November 7, 2013






Hey, the idea behind craigconnects is giving the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. I see it as everyone doing some small, or big, part. One way to do this is by giving back via purchases and a few key initiatives.  Organizations like We-Care.com team up with merchants and give a percentage… Read more »

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My First Job: What Big Blue Once Was

November 6, 2013






My first real job was at IBM, in the old Boca Raton lab, in 1976. (Important: IBM has become a very different company in the last twenty years, so please assume none of this applies to the current company. Also, this is all to my recollection, and memory is unreliable.) The offer was made early,… Read more »

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Texas government working hard to prevent women from voting

October 22, 2013






Folks, we are gearing up for midterm elections and that means that you should be aware of your rights.  There are some real bad actors out there trying to implement laws to stop eligible people, including women, from voting. What I learned in high school civics class is that an attack on voting rights is… Read more »

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15 Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter

October 18, 2013






Hey, a coupla weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the Top 10 Women in Tech orgs. And recently, a lot of folks have been talking about the importance of women's leadership in tech. The Women's Media Center released a report with two big data points: At its current pace, it will take until… Read more »

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Managing Stress During Gov't Shutdown

October 15, 2013






Hey, Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, discusses her concerns with rising stress during the gov't shutdown, and she refers to available resources. She talks about Managing During Stressful Times. The DoD's focusing on resources that are available to help military families deal with the challenges of… Read more »

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First bi-directional API for nonprofit sector about to launch

October 14, 2013






Hey, I'm always excited about technology for social good. My motto for craigconnects is using technology to give the voiceless a real voice, and the powerless real power. Recently, I invested in GreatNonprofits.org to create a Yelp for nonprofits. I asked Perla Ni, of GreatNonprofits to write a guest blog post about this investment I've made. Craig Newmark… Read more »

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Supporting some nonprofits, and some not, here's the deal

October 11, 2013






For well over ten years, a whole bunch of nonprofit orgs (NPOs) have asked me for assistance, and I think I've gone way above and beyond to help as much as I could. The vehicle for all that is now craigconnects.org, where I support some causes for the short term, while learning how to do… Read more »

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Finding accurate reporting about gov't shutdown

October 8, 2013






(this relates to efforts to find news I can trust) These days, I rely heavily on media ethics professionals like the folks at Poynter Institute: "Don’t call it an impasse, stalemate, or standoff." The deal is that the accurate reporting on the standoff is hard to find, but it reflects importantly on the "how do I find… Read more »

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Government Shutdown Resources for Vets & Milfams

October 3, 2013






Hey folks, with the government shutdown happening I felt it was real important to share resources for military families and veterans. We'll try to keep it current. VBA call centers (except education) to remain open during shutdown. Education call centers close tonight (10/7). More here. The government shutdown affects many of the quality of life… Read more »

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