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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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Tides awards the $10,000 2015 Pizzigati Prize to software developer Vishwas Babu

Public-interest computing’s highest honor is going to a programmer who’s helping nonprofits worldwide deliver quality financial services to the poor and unbanked. San Francisco, February 19, 2015 — In today’s staggeringly unequal world, the global charity Oxfam recently detailed, 80 enormously rich individuals hold as much wealth as our planet’s poorest 3.5 billion people. Amid this deeply rooted inequality, few commercial financial institutions have shown much interest in serving people of meager means. But ...
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Screw Networks by Kriss Deiglmeier

Kicking off a new year often inspires ideas to better ourselves and to increase the impact we are having in our careers. Promoted like a trendy diet or exercise regimen, networking tips and strategies have bombarded my inbox, with big promises about how networking in the right way can propel me to professional stardom.

As I reflected on my transition into the role of Tides CEO and my own goals for 2015, I realized that networking is low on my list of priorities for the New Year. I think the hype about career networks is...

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Building Capacity by Transforming Grantor/Grantee Relationships

Guest post by Sai Seigel. Sai Seigel was Director of the Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund, a donor-advised fund at Tides Foundation, from 2007-2014.

The Bayview Hunters Point Community Fund (The Fund) offers one example of what it looks like when traditional grantor/grantee relationships are changed to foster mutual trust and a more personal relationship. This week, we released a final report (at www.bayviewfund.org) to share what we learned about capacity building over our 13 year initiative, during which we provided...

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Why Turning Social Innovators into Celebrities is a Bad Idea

by Kriss Deiglmeier

A Fallen Star

Newsweek’s May 2014 article, “Sex, Slavery and a Slippery Truth,” surfaced numerous inconsistencies and untruths in the personal story of Somaly Mam, tarnished heroine of the global crusade against sex trafficking. Mam’s fall from grace is unfortunate but sadly not a surprise.

We are a funny lot when it comes to social change. On one hand, we rally to provide food and funding following devastation by hurricanes, riots in Ferguson and thousands of children flocking to...

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Something’s About to Change for LGBTQ Youth Organizations

LGBT Youth Community of Our Providers (CO-OP) launched Wednesday, October 15th.

Please Note:  Our original post failed to credit the great work of CenterLink and of YouthLink advocacy network. We apologize for this omission. The CO-OP is intended to be a complement to these efforts.

By Yvette Scorse

A Guest Post from Safe Spaces Project, a Tides Project

More than 800 community groups and nonprofits in the U.S. provide services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ)...

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Beyond Ferguson: The New Majority Opportunity by Kathryn Snyder

"This is a defining moment in our country."

Rev. Al Sharpton, at a rally in Ferguson, Missouri

August 17, 2014

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Michael Brown: From Tragic Moment to Triumphant Movement by Toby Thompkins

Like Michael Brown, I have been over 6-feet tall and 300-pounds since I was 18-years-old. I know what it means to be the “Big Black Man” in the wrong place at the wrong time. The tragic death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, 18-year-old, 6’4, 300-plus-pound, black male exposed America’s deepest fault line. It has raised questions about many complex social problems such as, police militarization and white anxiety. Michael’s death fractured a commonly held belief that America strives to be a just and fair society that...

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Five Reasons Lava Mae is Unusually Successful

Lava Mae is not typical. It’s a group that has been in operation for only a couple months, but they’ve been written about in newspapers all over the world. Many people want to replicate their system. As a Tides project, we couldn’t be more proud of them.

What they’re doing is very simple. They’re providing mobile showers and bathrooms for homeless people around San Francisco. Many homeless service organizations have been forced out of this city, and yet Doniece Sandoval and her team are changing the...

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