Writing For Good
Stories, thoughts, and tidbits from the fight to help change the worlds most important organizations for the better
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Whether we cross paths with a refugee for one month, week, or day, our goal should be to offer at least a little reprieve from the stressful lives they are being forced to live.
Madison Lang - 6/17/2021

I once met a wonderful, loving family of refugees while volunteering at the camp. Somehow, despite not speaking a common language, we cultivated a friendship through my visits to the camp. Their daughters would always run up to hug me when they saw me, their mother making sure I was getting enough food even though I was there to help them. On one such occasion, I was so sad to leave, but expressed…

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The time you spend switching from one task to another may not feel like a long time, but all of those seconds really add up throughout the day.
Alison Cheney - 5/19/2021

Have you ever had days when you feel like you're running around, trying to get everything done? I know I have. As human beings, we love multi-tasking because it helps us feel like we are accomplishing a lot. Plus, we may feel negative stress if we don't check off all of the items on our daily or weekly to-do lists. However, doing too many things at the same time distracts us from being in the…

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How loud would our actions speak if they were based on meaningful words?
Madison Lang - 5/11/2021

We have all heard the age-old adage, “actions speak louder than words.” So, how loud would those actions speak if they were based on meaningful words? When we ask for feedback, we are letting our users in on an important part of our process. We are continually looking for ways to improve our own performance and thereby make the experience better for the user. It makes a lot of sense to ask the…

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During the entire month of May, people worldwide acknowledge, educate, and act for Mental Health Awareness Month.
Arissa Dimond - 5/5/2021

When you think of May, a few things probably come to mind: May 4th -- referencing a classic intergalactic film series The realization that school is almost out for summer The NBA playoffs Spring is in full bloom, and you can't get enough flower power Well, May brings so much more. During the entire month of May, people worldwide acknowledge, educate, and act for Mental Health Awareness Month. From…

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The question of how we, as individuals, measure our success in our life is not as straightforward as one would expect.
Blake Kohler - 4/29/2021

A few nights ago, my house and most of Northern Utah were engulfed in a massive artic wind storm sending hurricane-force winds barreling down on my poor neighborhood. Trees torn from the ground smashed powerlines, plunging whole cities into days of darkness. Schools that were already running with awkward restrictions due to COVID canceled classes. I struggled to figure out how to run my business…

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After administering hundreds of surveys, we share below four tips that have helped us increase the quality and honesty of the responses we get.
Blake Kohler - 4/21/2021

When you are writing a survey, especially when surveying someone vulnerable, it is essential to keep in mind the experience a person has when taking the survey. We're often so consumed by what we want to get out of the survey that we don't take time to think about how people will feel before, during, and after our surveys. One of the most commons errors that arise from this self-centered focus is…

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