Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh

Stephanie SunCommunity, Do Good, General

Shift celebrates Pittsburgh women-owned businesses

Shift Collaborative is proud to be a women-owned business in Pittsburgh. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we are sharing this list of 12 women-owned businesses in Pittsburgh that we love. Shop small, shop local, and support women-owned businesses in the ‘burgh!

An Expo of Natural Products Shows What’s Right and Wrong with How We Consume

Shift CollaborativeCommunity, Do Good, General

Baltimore is known for all things crab legs, soft shell, soup, cakes and steamed. But for three days in September the “Charm City” played host to more than 1,500 other food options when the Natural Products Expo East set up shop in the city’s convention center a few hundred yards from Inner Harbor. The broad definition of the term “natural” … Read More

A Culture of Workplace Giving

Sarah MayerCommunity, Non-Profit Organizations

Shift Collaborative has been in business for almost four years, and I believe that we are only at the beginning of defining our company’s culture. This process of defining is likely [we hope] to be an ongoing and evolving process as we grow, expand, and adapt in the creative industry space. One of many things that our small group sees eye to eye on, is making an impact beyond … Read More

Community Matters

Sarah MayerCommunity


We are grounded by the space that we move into and out of every day. But, what happens when that sense of place is disrupted or even ripped out from under us?

Street Performers Enliven City Streets

Shift CollaborativeCommunity

Streets in cities serve many purposes besides carrying vehicles, and city sidewalks – the pedestrian parts of the streets – serve many purposes besides carrying pedestrians. Jane Jacobs, The Life and Death of Great American Cities We ignite city streets by being active, by being creative, by walking the streets — entertaining, talking, shuffling — we awaken our ancestors who … Read More

Five Reasons to Attend Podcamp 2014

Sarah MayerCommunity, SEO, Social media


by Sarah Mayer You may not be familiar with Podcamp, so let me start there.  Podcamp is by its own description is an ‘un-conference’ although it does have some of those familiar conference components. Podcamp in Pittsburgh has been around for eight years and while the conference was started around podcasting, it has evolved each year to add on more … Read More

Obviously Tomlin, a Charitable Project Never Launched

Shift CollaborativeCommunity, Non-Profit Organizations

obviously tomlin

by Eric Sloss Sparked by Sarah’s recent appointment as a board member of Sojourner House, a faith-based rehabilitation facility for addicted women, we wanted to create an enjoyable fundraising project for this important nonprofit. So we created Obviously Tomlin as a way to engage the public in a charming charitable experience throughout the Steelers season. It all started after a … Read More

Building a Children's Shelter in Bolivia

Shift CollaborativeCommunity

By Shift Marketing Fellow, Becca Burns It is the end of the second week in La Paz.  It is raining outside and I am looking at five guards sitting down for lunch.  A guard behind us slowly closes the heavy, paint-chipped door – shutting out the light and rain and I am in a dungeon.  I am in a damp … Read More

Renaissance City Winds Plays Schuller

Shift CollaborativeCommunity, Non-Profit Organizations

by Matt Campbell  The Renaissance City Winds, a versatile chamber music ensemble founded in Pittsburgh in 1975, performed a program of Americana at April 28 at Pro Bikes in Squirrel Hill, and at Oakland’s Carnegie Music Hall April 29. Hammer dulcimer player Bill Troxler joined the group for arrangements of folk tunes that evoked colonial America and other time periods. … Read More

SH/FT Fellow on a Mission to Help

Shift CollaborativeCommunity

by Becca Burns, SH/FT Collaborative Fellow  In two days, I will be Bolivia bound, sipping on ginger ale 30,000 feet up in the sky. My vision was to travel after graduation.  Peace corp, mission trip, or backpacking through Europe – it didn’t matter.  Pursuing a passion to help others and experiencing something big, different and life-changing was the goal.  When … Read More