In my quest to study archival resources from the American Civil Rights Movement, this morning I encountered two parallel documents that illuminate multiple perspectives on the administrative history of the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Council), the main organizing platform of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Learning how to share mail merge templates with all of you turns into a reflection on The Art of the Gathering, and digital sharing in general.
What role should technologists play in social movements? Let's check in with some movement all stars. Spoiler alert - it depends!
As we recognize the labor and risk that abortion providers take on, let's also remember that office managers, fund distributors, advocacy coordinators, digital organizers, and behind the seen admins are also acting with fierce courage and dedication, protected from some types of public scrutiny but slammed by trolls, protesters, and a huge volume of work. … Continue reading love letter to abortion admins
Reading about the SCLC's impact in their voter registration efforts leads to a fantasy about how to build a database for civil rights metrics. Hats off to my personal hero, Jack O'Dell.
Did you know that one of the Civil Rights Movement's most dynamic leaders was a mathematician? Read more in this post dedicated to Bob Moses z"l.
Pandemics, scams, spreadsheets - OH MY! I'm learning all about fraud and broken promises. In this post, I share my latest insights and how nonprofiteers can shape tech deliberations with trust at heart.
I am more likely to use the "phone a friend" or "talk it out" or "start over" method than to truly walk away. But if I let experience be my teacher, I know that taking space from the problem is probably the most effective tool in overcoming stuckness.
Scripting in Google Sheets and coding in JSON (sort of) lead to a reflection on searching for beauty in spreadsheets, databases, and systems in general. Plus, Bread and Puppet pics from the archive!
Do good databases save precious time? Let's see what 19th century British economists (and me) have to say about that! (Spoiler alert: the answer is no)