Marz Community Brewing Co.: brewing up a community of the future

According to The Hop Review, “For many Chicagoans familiar with the city’s indie arts and culture scene, indie publication scene, bar and dining scene, craft beer scene—or just the neighborhood of Bridgeport in general—it’s likely they’ve heard of Ed Marszewski. Simply put, the co-founder of Marz Community Brewing Co. has his hand in a lot…

Englewood: changing outcomes—and narratives—from the inside-out

We hope you’ve had a chance to check out the lineup for Chicago Inside & Out – a dozen thoughtfully designed experiences, all guided by dynamic community leaders across Chicago. These immersive tours are a cornerstone of the Upswell experience, which is all about going deep locally to uncover enriching and surprising insights that apply…

Presenter Q&A with H. Luke Shaefer: invest in ideas and give them time to work

Could we alleviate poverty more quickly if scholars, communities, and policymakers worked together? H. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D. thinks so. He’s director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, and says data and action-based partnerships can help changemakers make headway on the intractable challenge of poverty. Read on to learn how an epiphany he experienced…

Combining the power of town, gown, and policy to end poverty

Imagine the progress we could make toward ending poverty if scholars, communities, and policymakers worked collaboratively on this complex and intractable issue. Luke Shaefer, Ph.D., director of Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, says “there’s tremendous potential in action-based partnerships between communities and university researchers to really make headway on issues that can seem…

Presenter Q&A with Adiel Suarez-Murias: nurture the forces heading us in the right direction

What kind of language do you use to talk about civic engagement? Perhaps you, like many working in this corner of changework, use terms like activism, justice, and democratic participation. Have you considered how words like those may resonate with some audiences but not others?  Adiel Suarez-Murias, communications and marketing director at Philanthropy for Active…