Achieving impact in Chicago, collectively

One organization doing community work may make things a little better, but many organizations collaborating together can create meaningful, lasting change. Luis Gutierrez says “collective impact” is the way, and he’ll share the “how” and resulting positive impact on Chicago’s Marshall Square neighborhood during Upswell’s “A Made-in-Chicago Model for Collaboration” workshop. Gutierrez, a member of…

“The cost of not listening is much higher”

In April, we launched our new Upswell registration model, which includes six options. The model was designed with the aim of democratizing access to Upswell—a goal that is overtly apparent in the Equity registration option. Changemakers who purchase the Equity option, in addition to securing their own Core Access registration to Upswell, effectively subsidize the…

Presenter Q&A with “Manifestor of Good” José Rico

José Rico, co-presenter of the Upswell workshop “Leading and ‘Living’ Community-Led Initiatives,” is senior vice president of community impact at United Way of Metro Chicago. We took some time to get to know José better – including what motivates him, who inspired his journey to changework, and his hidden superpower! Q: If you could change…