Innovations

Henry Louis Gates: Making Black America Through the Grapevine

  SHOP AIR DATES ABOUT THE FILM PREMIERES TUES., OCT 4 AT 9/8C MAKING BLACK AMERICA: THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE is a four-part series from executive producer, host and writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which will premiere October 4th on PBS stations nationwide. Professor Gates, with directors Stacey L. Holman and Shayla Harris, chronicle the …

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Operating on the margins: Chicago hospitals commit to equitable care, but rising costs squeeze budgets and threaten progress

September 26, 2022 BY KATHERINE DAVIS Nestled on a leafy street and surrounded by multifamily buildings, a former hotel in Oak Park provides shelter for patients of Cook County Health with nowhere to go after receiving medical treatment. The Recuperation in a Supportive Environment Center, or RISE Center, came about during the early days of …

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Legendary Grassroots Innovator: Mary Gonzales, Gamaliel Foundation

She, her husband Greg Galluzzo and Mike Kruglick trained Barack Obama and countless community organizers, around the world. In Pilsen, community effort builds to close Chicago’s last big scrap-metal shredder Mary Gonzales, 81, is leading the push to close the pollution-emitting operation owned by Sims Metal Management.   At a West Side church last spring, …

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Watch “Ken Burns Explores The U.S. Response To The Holocaust In New Series” on YouTube

So many similarities to the current moment- identification of “the other” as the enemy, not as Americans; pseudo-science; tension between American ideals and the reality when times are tough; replacement theory; the ascent of racist populism. Well worth watching and recommended-  Brian Banks   Let Chicago Grassroots Innovation Blog help you find funding for your …

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Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?

By Oleg Bestsennyy, Greg Gilbert, Alex Harris, and Jennifer Rost   Telehealth: A quarter-trillion-dollar post-COVID-19 reality?             Strong continued uptake, favorable consumer perception, and tangible investment into this space are all contributing to the continued growth of telehealth in 2021. New analysis indicates telehealth use has increased 38X from the pre-COVID-19 baseline. Update: July …

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Building More Resilient Social Impact Networks

Social impact networks inevitably face moments of existential crisis. But networks can prepare for them by asking the right questions. By Michelle Shumate & Katherine R. Cooper Fall 2022 Stanford Social Innovation Review   The office space that coauthor Michelle Shumate visited was spacious and modern. It housed many of the 100-plus education-related nonprofits that comprised The Literacy Organization. …

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‘Sweet’ Charlie Brown: Chicago basketball giant

If statues honoring the former DuSable High School’s most revered alumni were erected in front of 4900 S. Wabash Ave., “Sweet” Charlie Brown would be standing in bronze alongside Nat King Cole, Mayor Harold Washington and Sweetwater Clifton, the first Black player to sign a contract to play in the NBA. Like Clifton, Brown was …

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