My favorite Chicago deep-dish pizzas

/ By Christian Clansky / I’m not from Chicago. My dad is – and I’ve seen The Blues Brothers so many times that my VHS and DVD copies both stopped working – but I’m writing this post as an admitted outsider who mostly knows downtown. I am, however, something of an expert on pizza. My…

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Designing Upswell Chicago together

If you had the attention of the nation’s brightest, most influential, most energized changemakers, what would you say to them? Teach them? Ask them? What could you accomplish together? The possibilities are as big as your imagination – and Upswell is where you can co-create with other changemakers to turn your innovative ideas into bold…

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Youth photographer makes mark on Upswell LA

/ By Kristina Gawrgy Campbell / For 18-year-old Michelle Serratos, being a part of Upswell LA was a motivational and educational experience. “It really touched me to hear the [awardees] speaking about their work and I really learned something being there,” she said. Michelle was a young photographer-in-training hired to capture moments at the Upswell…

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Upswell 101: Understanding the program

This post is one in a three-part introduction to the Upswell experience. Other installments focus on design and community. Following two years of planning, intentional outreach and listening to changemakers for design and programming ideas, Upswell LA sprang to life bigger than almost anyone could have anticipated. With more than 225 activities scheduled across three…

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Upswell 101: Understanding the design

This post is one in a three-part introduction to the Upswell experience. Other installments focus on the program and community. We heard it over and over at the first Upswell in Los Angeles last November: “This doesn’t feel like any conference I’ve ever been to!” That’s exactly the reaction we wanted, because we didn’t set out…

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