Reinventing government and community partnerships

Join Caroline Whistler during her Upswell Chicago Spark Talk to find out how government and community partnerships are being reimagined to support community residents in reaching their full potential. Caroline is among the six finalists vying for the 2019 NGen Leadership Award, presented annually to a changemaker age 40 or younger who has demonstrated transformative…

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Transformational suffering can transform your changework

Join James Dold for his Upswell Chicago Spark Talk to learn how his challenging life story taught him how the power of love can transform suffering into hope, and how hardship experiences can help you become a better and more effective changemaker. James is among the six finalists vying for the 2019 NGen Leadership Award,…

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Helping young people quit vaping

The dangers of vaping remain at the top of the headlines. Join Megan Jacobs during her Upswell Chicago Spark Talk to learn how she’s helping young people stop vaping through a text messaging program that shares the advice of other young people who have quit e-cigarettes. Megan is among the six finalists vying for the 2019…

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Q&A with Lindsay Torrico: it’s about community-driven solutions

Research shows that nonprofits are among America’s most trusted information sources. And while they may be well positioned to help those they serve participate in civic engagement, Lindsay Torrico says we often don’t know how to do that. Lindsay, senior director of policy and advocacy at United Way Worldwide and 2019 NGen Leadership Award finalist,…

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Strengthening nonprofits’ ability to empower community advocacy

Nonprofits are great at delivering services, and at advocating on behalf of those they serve. But, when it comes to encouraging advocacy by community residents, well, that’s another story. “2020 will be a big year, a huge year in terms of shaping our democracy. We have the presidential election and census both happening next year.…

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