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Walk the Earth

Walk the Earth

Let’s imagine we’re all astronauts, hopelessly stranded in space. Heavy, right? If, in that moment, someone asked us for our deepest wish, what do you think we might say? In his book “Fear”, Thich Naht Hanh reasons our deepest wish might be, “To be back home walking on our beautiful planet Earth.” In that moment, … Continued

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day! To celebrate, we’re sharing with you some thought-starters for ways to be kind, courtesy of our own team: “I’m going to find ways to be a better, more empathetic listener.” Kyle “I’m going to be as accessible as possible and open to the ideas of others.” Eugene “I’m going to … Continued

“Yes, And…” Design

“Yes, And…” Design

This is part two of a series on Software for Good’s participation in the 2017 Minneapolis Idea eXchange. Read Liz Tupper’s insights from participating in the night’s keynote panel here.  About MiX MiX—the Minneapolis Idea eXchange—is part of the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s Intersections: Downtown 2025 plan. In partnership with the Brave New Workshop, they brought … Continued

In Between

In Between

This year has been a year of in-betweens for me. Between relationships. Between homes. Between depression and happiness. Between life and death. Some time in late July, maybe a week after my 25th birthday, I once again made the three hour drive from my parents’ house in rural Wisconsin to the hand surgery center in … Continued

Anti-Anti

Anti-Anti

Resistance is comforting in 2017, but systems change cannot occur through opposition alone. Resistance is a powerful force, but it’s only one part of a liberatory toolkit. Even ‘anti-‘ movements that work to change the world also have a vision for where their opposition will take them. What are you for? What do you believe … Continued

Return To Yourself

Return To Yourself

We live in a world of constant distraction. We’re always reachable. We feel the need to connect, even when we take time off, to check in and make sure the office isn’t burning down. In a lot of ways, this attitude can help ensure the success of our work and our ability to ‘get stuff … Continued

Assist

Assist

Minnesota United won their first match as a Major League Soccer team this past Saturday. Of the four goals that helped the Loons secure their first victory, two were made possible by an assist from midfielder Kevin Molino. Assists in soccer are one of the things that make me love the sport the most. Sometimes they’re … Continued

Commit to the Process

Commit to the Process

Every January, I hear the same upbeat roundtables on NPR asking listeners to call in with their resolutions for the coming year. Without fail, someone calls in saying this is the year they’ll finally get in shape. Someone else says this year is the year they finally use their passport. Maybe this will be their … Continued

Be More Than a Safety Pin

Be More Than a Safety Pin

In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an outpouring of support toward marginalized individuals in this country has manifested itself in the form of wearing a safety pin on your clothes. It’s meant to show that the individual wearing the pin is friendly and that others are safe with the wearer. As a … Continued

Hit the Road

Hit the Road

July’s here, and nothing screams summer holiday to me more than a road trip. On Saturday, I drove through three states and two time zones, from Fargo, North Dakota, to Spokane, Washington. Long-distance driving is a true test of endurance and sanity. Where others might find trial and tribulation, I find a centering rhythm that … Continued

Plug in to Pride: Designing a Rallying Cry

Plug in to Pride: Designing a Rallying Cry

In case you missed it, Software for Good partnered with Clockwork and Buzzfeed this past Sunday to bring parade attendees at Twin Cities Pride a simple message: Plug in to Pride! With a cheeky double entendre and a message of diversity and inclusivity, we donned our shirts and revved up our decked-out, music-blasting M35 Cargo … Continued

Keep Moving

Keep Moving

Keep moving. Even when it’s scary. Even when you feel like your legs are tired or your brain can’t handle another task, find a way to keep moving. Don’t mistake forward momentum for ignoring self-care; this theme is about perseverance. On a bicycle, you reap the reward of perseverance. At first, hills are daunting. Long distances … Continued

Live

Live

On Saturday, I found myself overwhelmed with emotion at the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance annual gala. I heard stories from survivors who overcame tremendous odds to beat the terrible disease and watched as family members sobbed openly as we remembered those whose lives were taken far too soon. Less than 24 hours later, I found … Continued