We're planning a "field trip" to the Southwest Side to visit Greater Southwest Development to learn more about their work withChicago's Smart Communities Program. This is a unique "field trip" opportunity to learn more about how technology is impacting our communities, and what some communities are doing to bridge the digital divide.
Greater Southwest Development is located at 63rd and Rockwell, approximately 40 minutes from downtown via the Orange Line and #49 CTA Bus Route (For more detailed transit directions, please visit the CTA main site at http://www.transitchicago.com).
Those who choose to drive to Greater Southwest can either take the Ryan to 63rd and west towards Western, or the Stevenson Expressway to Ashland/Damen and south to 63rd, then west. (Street parking is available)
General networking will occur between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and we will begin the meeting around 6:00 - 6:15 pm. We hope you can make it for a great opportunity to learn how one community is attempting to bridge the digital divide. (Also, please be sure to take our community survey at http://bit.ly/Net2ChiSurvey if you've been involved with us in the past). Hope to see you there!
Dave Chakrabarti is founding a startup! Nonprofitable.org builds Drupal / CiviCRM solutions for nonprofits. Prior to this, Dave built Drupal-based websites as a project manager for the Chicago Technology Cooperative and was an internet marketing consultant.
Gordon Dymowski has over ten years' experience in public health community mobilization, from working on tobacco control and clean air policy to working with chemical dependency and the homeless. Currently, Gordon works freelance with non-profits and small business on online and offline communications, and has an extremely strong social media presence.
Jonathan Eyler-Werve directs field operations for Global Integrity, an anti-corruption watchdog collaborating online in 92 countries.
Michael Maranda promoting digital excellence, media & social justice through purposive community and field-building.
Heidi Massey is a nonprofit/community benefit organization specialist. She works with organizations to help them with outreach, diversity, volunteer recruitment/management and program/leadership/staff development.
Vincent McCaskill is an IT Service Professional that consults small business and non-profits on practical and innovative ways to use technology. He also provides technology training services to the same.