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    Bassem Youssef’s tips to stay inspired when starting your own creative project

    After talking with Youssef about his rise, we collected four pieces of advice for people to carry with them as they are starting any new project.

    Community Impact: Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated

    Several great takeaways and content emerged from our suite events around Reimagining Prison. Chief among them, a thought-provoking conversation on improving diversity in hiring to include the formerly incarcerated.

    6 Chicagoland Companies That Hire the Formerly Incarcerated

    Read about local businesses who are working to improve their communities through commerce.
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    Finding New Beginnings at Cara

    Morning Motivations could become your new daily ritual. Learn about the remarkable work this local organization is doing to rebuild Chicago communities.
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    Flipping the Formula for Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated

    Finding employment for the formerly incarcerated individuals isn't easy, but solutions spring eternal.
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    Future of Gender

    At our Member Event, Guess Who's Coming to Lunch: The Future of Gender, at the Chicago Design Museum, attendees engaged in a profoundly important conversation about shifting gender norms and how to build a more inclusive personal mindset and society.

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    From our YOU(th) program to our social innovation fellowship, and member events to volunteer opportunities, Chicago Ideas is designed to foster connections that spark action. Learn more about what makes us tick, who informs our programming, and how we're impacting our community.

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    Chicago Ideas Week is just the tip of the iceberg. Our mission is to drive meaningful change by sharing big ideas with as many people as possible.

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