Journal

Lessons & insights from our journey for positive impact.

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CauseLabs CEO Sheryle Gillihan Profiled In BizWomen

This isn’t Sheryle’s first time being featured in the journal, as in 2017 she was named a BizWomen Headliner in technology, and in 2018 she was interviewed for their 7 Questions series.

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Diversity in Hiring Practices

When our teams consist of all (or mostly) one gender, one race, one religion, one age range, etc. it is our responsibility as leaders to evaluate if that pattern aligns with our core values and if it serves the growth and health of our companies.

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B Corp Brands We Love

We highlight some amazing companies that you can shop at this holiday season that we are proud to share the B Corp certification with.

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Planning a Giving Tuesday Campaign

Learn how you can fast track a Giving Tuesday campaign and get in on this global collaboration for good.

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CEO Sheryle Gillihan Acquires CauseLabs

Sheryle Gillihan, CauseLabs’ CEO, is pleased to announce her acquisition of the company. The will continue to use technology as a force for good by providing strategy, design and custom web development.

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B Champions Retreat Reflection

Last week in New Orleans with fellow Certified B Corporations was energizing and enlightening. We learned a lot about New Orleans and the history of the people that shaped this city, its culture, its food and its societal norms. It made us think about our own cities and our position in creating future socio-economic norms.

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The 2018 Inclusive Economy Challenge

Since 2014, CauseLabs has been continually striving for social and environmental sustainability. So, we participated in the 2018 Inclusive Economy Challenge.

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Migrating, Updating & Securing a Local Museum’s Website

One evening in late May I got a phone call from our friends at the museum. It’s always alarming to load your website and realize you’ve been hacked. Regardless of the size or nature of the breach, you feel vulnerable.

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CauseLabs Honored as Best For Workers

Today, CauseLabs was recognized for creating the most positive impact for their workers based on an independent, comprehensive assessment administered by the nonprofit B Lab. Honorees are featured on B the Change, the digital Medium publication produced by B Lab, at bthechange.com/bestfortheworld.

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WordPress 5.0 and What You Need to Know

WordPress is introducing a new way of managing content. The enhanced content editor, named Gutenberg, will become the foundation for customizing and building websites on WordPress.

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Finding Alignment

As a company whose success (staying in business) relies on revenue, there is a tension between profitability and mission. We can’t achieve our mission if we can’t succeed as a business. However, we do not want to succeed solely through profits and charitable giving.

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Technology has the power to transform our world on a scale that is unprecedented. How might we, as social good organizations, learn, adapt, and benefit from these shifts?

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Doing Good Business

When the success of a business relies on more than just passion, how do we hold true to our values and why we started our business?

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The Power of Clickable Prototypes

A clickable prototype links multiple screens together via hotspots that are interacted with via click or tap. The result is a testable, easy-to-update solution to a design problem that users can experience.

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Advanced REST API Design

In our previous post, we covered the basics of designing a REST API: defining endpoints, using HTTP verbs and performing common read-write operations on data. In this chapter, we’re going to introduce some advanced use and edge cases you may want to consider in order to give your REST API a sound and long-lasting design.

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What you need to know about REST.

If you are a developer and you’ve worked in any modern web application, I’m sure this term rings a bell for you. REST stands for Representational State Transfer. If you’re already familiar with the basics, hop over to our look at Advanced REST API design. If you’re in need of an intro, lets dive in and you’ll see why this architectural style has become a de-facto industry standard for back-end APIs.

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5 Considerations for Designing a Learning Management System

If you’re the leader of an organization that offers a curriculum-based program to build young minds, you may be looking to take your impact further by leveraging some type of learning management system. As you may have already discovered, it’s no easy feat.

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Analogous Learning and the Path to Staying Curious

When I was 6 years old, I started taking swim lessons. It was at the swimming complex at the University of Tennessee, where I remember watching the diving team practice from the 10 meter platform in complete, terrified awe. Lucky for me, I started with blowing bubbles in the shallow end. Slowly, we progressed to a swimming stroke: the doggy paddle. Did you hear that right? The doggy paddle. The instructor was teaching us how to swim like a dog.

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3 Ways to Bring Your Whole Self to Work

We have found that having a culture rooted in authenticity and vulnerability is key to being able to bring our whole selves to work. This kind of culture can be difficult to create, but we’ve found a few tricks to make it easier.

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Wrap Up + Getting to Pilot

When we first started, we were refining a problem, onboarding your team, and setting up tools. Now, we’ll do the reverse.

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Week 4: Synthesis and Roadmap

This week may be the most important because it synthesizes everything into a decision-enabling Roadmap. This is the why. And the how. And the what to do next.

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