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Ways to Choose Humanity for the Holidays

By Kriss Deiglmeier, CEO, Tides

As we come to the end of 2015, our world grapples with the sorrow of war, violence, and displacement and the uncertainties of political, environmental, and economic change. The needs that surround us are immense. Yet we are more informed, interconnected, and able to contribute to solutions than ever before.

We must come together to deliver meaningful responses to our current refugee crisis, the largest since World War II. According to a November report by World Vision, 12 million...

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Tides remembers Hank Williams, a leader for diversity in tech

written by Irini Neofotistos, Advisor, Tides

Hank Williams was the director of Platform, a Tides project focused on increasing the interest, participation, and success of those underrepresented in the innovation economy — with a particular focus on connecting and increasing the numbers of Black, Latino and women tech innovators. Hank passed away on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at age 50.

Henry “Hank” Williams was a tech entrepreneur and pioneer technologist, who described himself as an “odd ball” in...

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Three SF Artists Explore Currents and the Force of Water Around Us

Tides invited three long-time San Francisco artists, Jennifer Ewing, Reddy Lieb and Leo Germano, to create work with an environmental theme and they chose “Currents: Visible and Invisible Forces that Move Us” to guide their vision. The China Brotsky Gallery at Thoreau Center in The Presidio, being so close to the Golden Gate Bridge and comprised of a long corridor, informed the way they used the space to tell their stories in various media. Walking down the gallery one can find a story unfolding about...

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An Election Season Reminder from The Advocacy Fund

It may be hard to believe, but it's nearly 2016 and election season is just around the corner. As you know, 501(c)(3) public charities cannot engage in partisan political activity, but that doesn't mean your organization should be deterred from being a strong advocate for your issues in an election year. 501(c)(3)'s can criticize an incumbent legislator for a bad vote on its issues, conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives, and nonpartisan Get Out the Vote activity. Also, don't forget that advocating for or against ballot...

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Big Data in the Social Sector: Promises and Pitfalls

By Kriss Deiglmeier

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, so much that ninety percent of the world’s data has been created in just the last two years. But data is only valuable if you can do something with it. And, like any tool, data can be used for good or bad.

Making data-informed decisions is nothing new. But the scale of today’s data ecosystem challenges us to think creatively about new ways data can inform our work, policies, and programs. I’m writing to highlight a couple examples that...

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In Memory of Ed Cavanaugh, the Project Director of Get Out and Learn, a project of Tides

In Memory of Ed Cavanaugh, the Project Director of Get Out and Learn, a project of Tides

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday morning, August 11th 2015, Ed Cavanaugh’s family stated on Facebook that Ed’s body had been found after his disappearance following a motor biking trip on the Rock Creek trail system in the Eldorado National Forest. Ed was a loved wilderness and survival teacher at Downtown Continuation...

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Time/lesss, Kappy Wells on Warming

Time/lesss, Kappy Wells on Warming

By Shireen Afkari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual artist and sculptor Kappy Wells, The San Francisco Gallery, and Tides are coming together in a unique partnership this September to draw attention to the devastating effects of climate change and to support three environmental organizations. The public opening reception to Time/lesss, Kappy Wells on Warming, on Wednesday, September 2, from 5-7 pm, ...

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Recology Artist in Residence Program Turn Landfill into Art at Tides Thoreau Center

Recology San Francisco Artist in Residence Program  at Tides Thoreau Center

by Shireen Afkari

The purpose of the Recology Artist in Residence Program is simple, “Make Art, Not Landfill.” However, landfill turned into art masterpieces are anything but simple. After 25 years of transforming recyclable items into artwork, more than 150 Recology Artists have made a unique presence in the field of recyclable art by being the first in the country to have access to their city’s waste stream. Now the Recology San...

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Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial

Move Over TED, Here Comes Serial: A Podcast Blockbuster and Why it Matters

by Kriss Deiglmeier

If you were not one of the millions of listeners raptly following the “Serial” podcast series last fall, you need to know what it was all about.  If you were, like me, addicted to producer Sarah Koenig’s riveting investigation of a 1999 high school murder case in Baltimore and the conviction of victim Hae Min Lee’s ex-boyfriend Adnan Sayed, you’ll agree that the podcast series has powerful implications for how...

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Poor People Are Not Your Guinea Pigs: The Dark Side of Design Thinking Education

By Kriss Deiglmeier

Introduction

Design thinking is hot.  This methodology for human-centered innovation has changed the world as we know it, shaping the forms and functions of everything from the toothbrushes on our countertops to mobile banking in developing economies. It’s an approach that puts the user front and center, and is a positive force in the way things are created and systems are designed.

But using vulnerable or underserved people as guinea pigs for design thinking education is not.  In...

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