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Katie Tuten and I are participating in this roundtable talk hosted by AREA Chicago magazine. It’s part of a monthlong series of events exploring ideas raised by the magazine’s current  issue, titled “Everybody’s Got (More) Money Issues” — see their site for more. 

[From Kristin’s email:]

Bars, (da) Business & Benefits: A Conversation about Social Consciousness, Community, and Giving Back

Tuesday, August 25, 6-8 PM at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia.

In conversation with leaders from Mucca Pazza, The Hideout, Backstory Cafe, Epiphany Church, Kuma’s Corner, Quennect 4,and Danny’s Tavern, among others. Conversation organized and facilitated by Kristen Cox, guest advisor for Issue #8, in collaboration with The Public Square. Snacks will be provided

What do a restaurant owner, band leader, and church reverend have in common? Here in Chicago, these small business owners have integrated fundraising for local social justice organizations into their business practices. Join a group of committed entrepreneurs, promoters, cultural workers and musicians for a conversation about the important role that independent business can play in raising consistent resources for activist and non-profit communities.

As we witness budget cuts across the non-profit and service sector, how can we think and work creatively to raise much-needed financial support for our social justice work? Peace Parties, Waiter Tip Collections, Veggie Bingo, and Jammin’ for Justice are just a few examples of this breed of socially conscious entrepreneurship. Is this the wave of the future in fundraising for social justice? What’s behind the generosity of these business owners? And how do we motivate others to do the same?

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