Infographic: How Africa has changed since 2005
A bold statement from Unicef and we like it.
The World as 100 People
via Jack Hagley
#QLA Day Two : Social Infographic
#QLA Day One : Social Infographic
8 Steps for a Creative Life
Tina Roth Eisenburg’s 8 Steps for a Creative Life Designed by Sarah D. Tolzmann
Start Where You Are
Meet Our Intern!
Our Interactive for Good team is proud to announce we have a new intern! Ms. Erin Franklin has joined us all the way from sunny California. We’re thankful for her help and love for nonprofits. Name: Erin Franklin From: I was born and raised in Livermore California. I moved to TN this past December. Fan of: I am a huge fan of Toms shoes, The Haitian Bead Project and Kids against...
Empathy is at the heart of design. Without the understanding of what others see, feel, and experience, design is a pointless task. (via http://designthinking.ideo.com/)
Painting Peace with Former Child Soldiers
Painting Peace with Former Child Soldiers from Exile International on Vimeo.
REBOOT Recovery: Addressing the Needs of PTSD
Here at Interactive for Good, we’re so fortunate to have a CEO that not only believes in the growth of social entrepreneurship but also believes in non profit work so much that he and his wife started their own, Reboot Recovery. Started by Evan Owens and Jenny Owens, REBOOT Recovery is a 12 week program designed to help service members and their families heal from the spiritual wounds of...
Stand In the Place Where You Work
Sometime in 2012, I made the decision to invest in a standing desk. After seeing terrifying headlines like “He Who Sits the Most Dies the Soonest”, I wanted to make a better health choice for myself. I’m also on my feet a lot anyway—I spend a lot of time consulting with others in the building, speaking in meetings, or brainstorming in front of a whiteboard. Having a standing desk meant a simpler...
This Thursday marks our first mixer of 2013 and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re fortunate to have our friends from Nisolo Shoes come and briefly speak about the work they are doing in the fashion and social entrepreneurship realm. If you aren’t familiar with Nisolo Shoes, they are a company based in Nashville, TN with a simple yet profound business goal. Through purchasing...
Why Sitting At Your Computer Can Change The World
Volunteer Day at Second Harvest
Yesterday we took a short jaunt down the road to sort food at our local food bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. As Tennesseans, we’re very thankful for their involvement in helping to feed Middle Tennessee, 46 counties to be exact. As we enter into the holidays, we reflect upon the fact that 30% of their clients have to choose between food and paying for rent, utility...
Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays are approaching us and we’ve put together a list of our favorite socially conscious products. Let the spirit of giving begin! Esperos Bags Esperos Bags built a business around their favorite four-letter word: Hope. Every bag sold helps send a child in need to school for a year. Say-Ko Designs Sseko Designs is a sandal company based in Uganda. They make beautiful leather...
Nashville Neighbor Project
Thanks to everyone that came out to our first mixer last night! It was so great to be with so many good people in one place and share our stories. In case you missed it, Kyle Williams from the Nashville Neighbor Project gave a great talk about his new initiative in the Nashville community. The Nashville Neighbor Project is an online platform that allows people in localized communities to increase...
2 Productivity Tools We Can't Live Without
As an interactive company that works with multiple clients and projects at one time, we thrive on productivity tools. At any given moment our team is juggling the design process, building websites, participating in client meetings and so on. It could be easy to feel like our hair is on fire. Two productivity products particularly come to mind when saving the day, Invision App and HootSuite. ...
Hands on Nashville Day 2012
In late September, we had the privilege of heading over to Bailey Middle School in East Nashville to help serve on Hands on Nashville Day. We showed up bright and early with a small Centresource crew and were surrounded by other volunteers and school staff. It was incredible to see the volunteerism diversity: you had students, parents and teachers, sure, but I also met a couple of very...
Around the Office
Strategist Jon inspiring us to be ergonomically correct at his stand up workstation:
World Food Day 2012
On October 16, World Food Day, join the global movement to end hunger. Let’s be a part of the solution and take action in our own communities and around the world. We can end hunger. If you live in Nashville, here is how you can help! • Do you love fancy cocktails? Join The One Campaign at The Holland House on October 16th for a special sweet potato tasting. The event is free of...
Important Interactive Goals
Is your organization’s interactive space accomplishing these goals? If not, let’s talk!
The Pearl of Africa: Black and White Images of...
See you at the AFP conference today!
The Face of Empowerment
For years I’ve heard Blood:Water Mission tell stories of empowering Africans in their own communities to work together against the HIV/AIDs and water crisis in Africa. I thought I understood what that meant but my worldview got flipped upside down (in a good way!) when I saw it firsthand in Uganda last week. I saw empowerment the moment we arrived to the Adagani Village and were welcomed...
Featured Non-Profit: Medic Samaritan
This past week I traveled to Uganda with Blood:Water Mission and we were fortunate enough to have a doctor from Medic Samaritan join us. Traveling across the world to an unknown destination that was far from western medicine, the presence of Medic Samaritan greatly put our minds at ease. Medic Samaritan is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing medical personnel to non-profits and...
When Helping Hurts: Relief, Rehabilitation,...
I leave for Uganda with Blood:Water Mission in a week and as I prepare for this journey, I’ve been reading a book called When Helping Hurts by Steven Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Although this book is narrated through the eyes of the Christian faith, I believe whether one is religious or not, lessons on how to view poverty can be learned through this highly impactful book. Corbett and Fikker...
(designed by the talented Jessica Hische)
Mocha Club's 7th Birthday Party!
Join our team this coming Tuesday, August 28th, as we celebrate Mocha Club’s 7th Birthday at Rocketown! Mocha Club is continually doing great work in Africa working in five main project areas: Clean Water, Education, Child Mothers + Women At Risk, Orphan Care + Vulnerable Children, and HIV/AIDS + Healthcare. Not only will we be celebrating a great cause but the night will be filled with...
It’s All About Them...Really!
I read an article over the weekend by Cody Switzer, the Web Editor for The Chronicle of Philanthrophy. Cody’s article helps us put our interaction with millennials (20-30‘s) into perspective. I’ve added my two cents worth here: Are you working harder than ever and doing it with less these days? The way I see it, little is changing in the way of methodologies and new strategies to reach those you...
A few of our teammates are heading down to Atlanta this week for the Plywood Presents two day conference. We couldn’t be more excited to be surrounded by creatives, business leaders, and non profit activists who want to make an impact in the world. Plywood Presents focuses around the idea as leaders we should attempt to define success through the pursuit of solving problems. As we join...
We're Going to Uganda!
Our good friends at Blood:Water Mission invited our IFG team to attend a Ugandan Vision trip in September! I feel very fortunate enough to be able to attend and join their team as we visit their water well sites and AIDs/HIV clinics. Blood:Water Mission is an organization we feel very proud to partner with and support. As B:WM seeks to end the AIDS and water crisis in Africa by empowering...
What's In a Name?
I have started reading a new book written by David Bornstein and Susan Davis entitled “Social Entrepreneurship - What Everyone Needs To Know”. I didn’t even make it past the introduction and I was intrigued as I agreed with what they had written. Here it is… “No field of work should be defined in the negative. Accordingly, we have tried to avoid relying on terms like “nonprofit” and...
From the Field: Mocha Club
As the graphic designer for Interactive for Good, I feel especially lucky to work with one of our clients, Mocha Club, on a personal and professional level. Mocha Club is about connecting your community with their community in Africa. One joins Mocha Club’s initiative by giving up $7 a month, the cost of 2 mochas. The $7 is then dedicated to a specific need or cause in Africa such as...
Ellie's Run for Africa 2012!
We are so thrilled to partner once again with Ellie’s Run for Africa, an amazing organization started by a 10 year old from Nashville. And, now, that 10 year old is headed off to college. 8 races later and 4 trips to Africa for her, she’s leaving quite a mark on Nashville, and more importantly on Africa. Students have the chance at a better education - something that, as a young...
As mentioned in previous posts, our team was incredible inspired and informed at the Q Ideas conference in Washington DC last month. Here are a few statistics we learned about our youth in America that fall below the poverty line. We feel encouraged by a non-profit called Matchbook Learning. Matchbook believes that the key to effective learning lies in effective teaching. Widely published...
A Quest for Social Designers
There is a spark of excitement within the digital creative community where designers are popping up left and right wanting to use their skills for the common good. Throughout the course of history, creatives have used many different platforms to bring awareness to causes. It is no surprise that web designers are embracing this movement now that the world is moving towards more digital forms of...
"The opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is...
While at the Q Ideas conference in Washington DC, Bryan Stevenson said a statement that greatly impacted our team. His words “the opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice” provoked many conversations on the importance of justice within the world. The work of justice has many faces and we’d like to showcase three nonprofits that are greatly impacting the world! To...
Last night at our mixer we had the opportunity to hear a brief overview of an incredible non-profit in Nashville named Blood:Water Mission. As seen in this previous post, Blood:Water Mission is changing the world by creatively and thoughtfully raising awareness and the necessary funds for the provision of clean blood and clean water in sub-Saharan Africa. To date, Blood:Water has partnered with...
4 Ways to Go Green
As we celebrate Earth Day this weekend, here are 4 very simple ways to go green with your computer!
Our team is back in Nashville, simultaneously energized and exhausted by the inspiring week we just experienced. Thank you to Q Ideas for the wealth of knowledge you poured into us this week! We enjoyed every minute of it…except for attempting to park in downtown DC.