Using equitable research to help Chicago youth thrive

Research can drive decisions about investment in communities. And unintended research bias can lead to ineffective approaches and inequitable resources and opportunities that prevent all young people from fully thriving. Chicago Beyond’s guidebook, Why Am I Always Being Researched?, is intended to level the playing field; reckon with unintended research bias; and better position organizations,…

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…

Presenter Q&A with Kimberly Walker: the power of no “do overs”

Kimberly Walker, Associate Director, Learning and Development, Arabella Advisors and Ph.D. candidate, Leadership and Change, Antioch University, will lead the charge during the Upswell workshop, Identifying and Managing Power in Social Change Work. Check out more about her, including the experience that has left a lasting impression on her work today. Q: Time freezes for…

Chicago’s returning citizens bridge the gap between race and justice

/ by Christian Clansky / One could argue that, in a world continually marked by division, there’s something approaching a universal appeal about the perfect summer day. On this particular one in Chicago – a high-70s, lightly breezy, blessedly crisp Saturday – the North Lawndale community is taking full advantage of weather that feels like…