Math in the age of technology
One of our clients, Cathy O’Neil was just featured on a great podcast called 99% Invisible! You can check out the work we did for Cathy’s consulting business, ORCAA (O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing) over here on Drew’s blog. Full disclosure: we did this project together before Good Good Work was born.
Not only is she a badass woman and mathematician, but Cathy does really important work auditing the algorithms that invisibly shape our lives. These highly tuned, mathematically magic spells are aimed at making life easier in the modern age, but they can also inadvertently cast curses, too (*ahem* Trump election…looking at you, Facebook).
Back in May a connection referred us to Kottke & Brantz for some branding work. They’re a law firm in Boulder with a long history of serving the community, and they needed a fresh look without too much fanfare, something modern that fit their image, but no need to go over the top with marketing materials. So after getting some basic info about their time, budget, and the branding assets they required, we decided to offer them our Starter Pack. It seemed to fit well within all the project constraints and meet their needs.
A few simple hacks for your daily life that’ll help boost your body’s physiological resiliency to stress
This work was originally prepared for HumTechFest 2016. You can download the printable zine here. It’s been cross-posted on our Medium blog at medium.com/good-good-work.
We know we should take better care of ourselves, but…
We bust our asses for our work. We believe in it. So we stay up late, take on too much responsibility, chug coffee from dusk ’til dawn, and ignore our bodies when they start to break down.
The People’s dorms
This year we were invited to collaborate with The People’s Summit; they needed a hand with some technology and we were happy to help! Our biggest job was building a custom system for their application and registration process. One of the smaller things we did was help them stand up a quick online store for conference attendees to book rooms. With over 4,000 people in attendance—and many needing financial help—having some less expensive (or free) places to stay was crucial. The dorms cost people roughly $32/night where the average hotel in downtown Chicago is about $240/night, making attendance at the conference possible for many more people.
We really want to applaud the staff for prioritizing accessibility instead of profit, especially considering their goal of supporting grassroots groups and community leaders and getting people ready to run for local office.
Understanding White Supremacy
Wait? We’re talking about explicit racism here, right?
We’re talking about implicit cultural practices that come from the dominant American culture that shift power to the those that are best at navigating that culture. Often times that’s white men (and women), but not always. In our work with clients, collaborators, and allies we encounter a lot of folks trying to solve what they think are technical or digital problems when they really have cultural problems.
Since we wanted to provide a meaningful offering to people at The People’s Summit this year, we formatted a little zine to give away to groups who may know—or suspect—that they have these kinds of problems. The original language comes from Dismantling Racism: A Resource Book for Social Change Groups.
You can download the full pdf for sharing or printing here or read on for the full text.
Our cooperative is looking for candidates for junior developers.
Candidates should have interest in leveling up their engineering skills and/or breaking into the world of code and web development. They will be working remotely (or potentially in-person) with a front end developer in Brooklyn and a designer/strategist in Denver. Together we have nearly 30 years of experience in our field with a focus on radical social justice and open source technologies.
Because we’re still getting started, they could expect work to be hourly on an as-needed basis…or they could bring in their own projects/clients into the fold. Candidates would collaborate directly with the rest of the coop on projects. Their responsibilities will be based on their current skills and their passions for leveling up their knowledge.
Details such as work expectations and pay will be negotiated with the applicants.
How we work
Get a sense of who we are, how we work, and what our practices are with clients by checking out our cultural norms.
Interested in joining us?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following questions:
- What are you good at?
- What do you want to become better at?
- What do you love to do?
- Why does working with a coop appeal to you?
Can’t wait to meet you!
This week I finished some design work for The Body Political, a powerful and subversive burlesque event in San Francisco. In their words:
…this show is a space of resistance. We honor and listen to the diverse voices of our community, hearing stories of acceptance and self-love. It is within these stories, and the courage of their storytellers, that we resist, we disrupt, and we reclaim. This is place for us. Our Bodies, Our Rules, Our Stories.
I was thrilled when co-producer Laika Fox approached me about getting involved. And while you won’t see me on stage, I fully support and encourage people reclaiming their bodies. It’s all done in service of working in a prefigurative space. All bodies are good bodies! Read more