Adam Hecktman and Chris O'Brien

Aikido is a Japanese martial art that specializes in redirecting your opponent’s attack to eliminate it without harming yourself (or your opponent). Its name comprises three kanji, or characters, that unite to define Aikido as the path to unifying life energy.

  •  – ai – joining, unifying, combining, fitting
  •  – ki – spirit, energy, mood, morale
  •  –  – way, path

While Aikido may be best known thanks to Steven Seagal, one key player is bringing its philosophy to the tech sector. Chicago’s Chris O’Brien has created iKeedo, a new way to redirect negativity on the internet into creative philanthropic opportunities and more.

Adam J. Hecktman’s latest Big Shoulders explores iKeedo’s functions and the spirit of Aikido with Chris O’Brien. Watch Adam’s talk with Chris live on

An estimated 30% of adults in Chicago have limited to low skills in basic literacy, which has direct financial, social, and personal impacts on society. The Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition is working to combat this statistic, providing funding and resources to adult education centers around the city. In Shelley Stern Grach’s latest Civic Chat — Networking Our […]

Election season is in full swing! With our two 2016 major-party candidates gearing up for debates, we’re excited to announce the newest venture between PBS NewsHour and Microsoft:, expanding on an existing civic education partnership between PBS and the Commission on Presidential Debates. This interactive civic education and voter engagement site provides access to every […]