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Pace Yourself

Pace Yourself

Life is a marathon. You’ll never hit your goal time if you try to sprint the whole thing.

Bump The Lamp

Bump The Lamp

Recently a video on YouTube caught my eye and I learned a great little saying from it: “Bump the Lamp.” This saying comes from a scene in the movie “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” and it basically describes how the creators went the extra mile to make the real-world and animation crossover feel perfect. In a … Continued

Embrace Change

Embrace Change

Software for Good is officially in a new space and entering a new phase of our company. We invite you to embrace change with us and see what’s next.

7 Steps Apple Could Take to Protect Privacy

7 Steps Apple Could Take to Protect Privacy

Over the past few years, Apple has enjoyed a stellar reputation for protecting the privacy of its users. iOS is the first major OS with built-in end-to-end encrypted messages and audio calls, and the Secure Enclave of iOS devices has been praised for its sophistication. In 2016, Apple successfully challenged an FBI demand to write … Continued

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.

Find Your Balance

Find Your Balance

I’ve often found most everything in life is a question of balance. From big things (choosing your life hobbies) to smaller things (what are you doing for the next hour?), maintaining balance in life is not only essential to self-contentment but required for technical excellence. I love technology, software, and the communities that support them.  … Continued

The Healthiness of Fear

The Healthiness of Fear

Over the last few months, I’ve been challenged to do things that I thought were scary. From climbing up a 15-foot ladder on a windy, cold evening in January, to going 1 on 1 with my football’s team biggest defender in a full speed tackling drill, to diving head first into a new programming language … Continued

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

Amplify for Our Lives

Amplify for Our Lives

I am privileged. I graduated high school one year before the Columbine massacre. I have never participated in a code red drill. I have no idea what it’s like to be afraid of some bad guy shooting up my classroom. I have a 10-year-old son. Last Saturday, I had the honor to walk with my … Continued

We’re Moving to a New Hub for Social Impact

We’re Moving to a New Hub for Social Impact

As spring (eventually) comes to Minnesota, we’ll be moving to a new home! Software for Good is joining fellow public benefit corporations and social entrepreneurs in the brand-new Finnegans House space in east downtown Minneapolis, sharing space with Impact Hub MSP and the Finnovation Lab incubator. The new development is home to Finnegans’ brewery and … Continued

Ask All the Questions

Ask All the Questions

Last week my writing pal Colleen wrote about asking “Why?” This week, I wanted to write about asking questions in general. As the resident newbie at Software for Good, I have been asking a lot of questions. When you’re in a role for a long time, you build up this web of context and knowledge … 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