The debt is too damn high

This week I was disappointed (and simultaneously a little relieved) to read that my home state of Oregon may ditch their innovative to plan for zero-tuition colleges. Relieved because, let’s face it, it would be a rocky and difficult task to implement over several generations. Oregon has been at the forefront of a lot of cool ideas… Continue reading The debt is too damn high

An Oregonian Gets It

Nick Kristof has a great piece this week in the Times about poverty and empathy in America (Is a Hard Life Inherited?). I’m probably a little biased toward Kristof’s writing because he is, like me, from Oregon, but I do think that he does an excellent job of bringing attention to overlooked social and economic… Continue reading An Oregonian Gets It

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Edtech gaps

My recent job search has been interesting. I’m moving from working in a tech/data position in higher ed (at NYU) and hunting in edtech, It’s been awesome so far – getting great reception in the Bay Area, and it seems like there is a great new edtech company every day. But I feel like there… Continue reading Edtech gaps

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Learning to Code in 2014

I’ve recently given notice at my job (to move to the Bay Area), and the process of wrapping up in New York has given me the chance to reflect on a lot of skills I’ve learned in the past few years. One thing that’s been really amazing is learning how to code, which has changed… Continue reading Learning to Code in 2014

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Sharing limited data without sharing the whole spreadsheet

Recently a friend asked me how he could share some data that he was working on with colleagues. The problem is that he can’t share the entire spreadsheet. My suggestion is to use Google Spreadsheets and the ImportRange function to share limited ranges with another spreadsheet. What’s great about this method is that you can… Continue reading Sharing limited data without sharing the whole spreadsheet

F-1 Work Authorization Calculator

If you work in international education, or if you’re an F-1 student yourself, you’ve probably heard about Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is up to a year of work authorization for F-1 students who have completed at least one year at the college level in the United States. I’ve noticed in the past that figuring… Continue reading F-1 Work Authorization Calculator

Welcome from the end of the earth

Welcome to finnismundi.  I’m Finn, and I’ll be using this blog to share tools for nonprofits and my thoughts on trends in topics that interest me. The title for this site is a play on my name, Finn, but it also reflects my interests and professional philosophy.  Finis is Latin for “boundary,” and mundi is… Continue reading Welcome from the end of the earth

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