An Update on Upswell 2020

Everything feels uncertain at the moment. That’s the reality. And with widespread cancellations and postponements happening at an unprecedented scale, you’re probably wondering what’s going on with Upswell. So, we want to share a few important updates. Most importantly, we’re still putting every ounce of energy we have into designing a powerful experience for this…

Now Accepting Upswell 2020 Proposals

First things first: The co-creation campaign for Upswell 2020 is now officially open through April 24! That might be enough to cause you to do a fist-pump and sprint straight into a creative brainstorm. But if you’re still reading – especially if you’re new to Upswell – read on to learn everything you need to…

Upswell Chicago: Day 2

If you’ve gotten an email from Upswell (and we bet you have), you’ve probably noticed a tagline: boundless potential. We love that concept, perhaps obviously, because it’s both the perfect descriptor of a changemaker’s value in the world and a challenge for us to collectively strive for more. And that spirit was captured in moments big…

Upswell Chicago: Day 1

For months, we’ve been promising an immersive Chicago experience. What we didn’t anticipate was a mid-Autumn arctic blast that plunged the Windy City into the low teens! But when it comes to changing the world, cold weather is a minor inconvenience. So, on the first morning of Upswell, hundreds of folks from across the country…

Six visionaries to seek out in Chicago

Here’s a conversation starter to keep in your back pocket for this Thanksgiving, a humblebrag of sorts – “In Chicago, I had a fascinating conversation with someone who is changing the world in truly incredible ways.” Now, the thing about Upswell is that this particular statement will be true about everyone you meet. But there’s…

Inspiration Kitchens: a menu of good food and better lives

Almost anything can change for the better when good food is involved. For Chicago residents impacted by homelessness and poverty, good food can be life-changing – especially when served with encouragement and supported through culinary training – the house specialties at Inspiration Kitchens. The social enterprise restaurant in East Garfield Park on Chicago’s West Side…