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Make Yourself Accountable

Make Yourself Accountable

Having someone or something to check in and prompt you can be the difference between a new accomplishment and an intention that fizzles out. Tell a friend about a commitment you’re making, and offer to help keep others around you accountable, too.

Earth Day: Planting Seeds Together

Earth Day: Planting Seeds Together

This Earth Day, we’re acknowledging that we can’t do it alone, and inviting our clients, partners, and fellow mission-driven organizations to celebrate the fact that our efforts multiply when combined.

In the Hot Seat: My First User Test

In the Hot Seat: My First User Test

“Testing one user is 100 percent better than testing none.” That’s one of Steve Krug’s mantras in his book Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, a user-friendly introduction to making websites easier for people to navigate and understand. He emphasizes that while there are some general usability principles, it’s most … Continued

Using Open Government Data for Good

Using Open Government Data for Good

When citizens have access to government data, they can come up with new ways to use the data, new programs and projects, and new improvements to public services. That’s the concept behind Geo:Code, a conference on open data, government, and technology happening on March 24 and 25, 2018. (Register here — it’s free!) Now in its … Continued

Keep Asking Why

Keep Asking Why

Earlier this month, I attended a meetup of Girl Develop It Minneapolis and heard a presentation by Eryn O’Neil on dealing with crisis in tech — moments when everything breaks, or nothing goes according to plan. Her ultimate message: Projects and organizations are made up of human beings, and solving a problem often comes down … Continued

Get Weird

Get Weird

This weekend, in between watching clips of the Winter Olympics and becoming deeply invested in athletes whose names I just learned, I read a New York Times Magazine essay about figure skater Jason Brown. Brown, who is an alternate for the U.S. team this year, is best known for a 2014 routine in which he … Continued