We're opening our space the first Monday night of each month for you to host small events, co-work, network, trade skills and get involved with projects that change Boston for the better.
At Open Project Night you can:
- Network with local people who share an interest in a better Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. Imagine together, share opportunities to get involved, and trade skills.
- Work on existing local project ideas or come to work on your own (post-its and white boards provided, laptops are not).
- Host your event or meeting in one of our meeting spaces (one is for up to 15 people, others are 4-6 comfortably).
What kind of projects are we talking about?
- This is What Democracy Looks Like segment: events, trainings, and conversations on how we engage positively + politically in our new post-election reality, including:
- an in-person meetup of Pantsuit Nation Massachusetts
- taking local refugee support actions with the Cambridge Support for Syrian Refugees group
- a group discussion on strengthening civic engagement in Boston neighborhoods through citizen journalism
- getting issue-specific around immigration, including Impact Hub Boston members working in immigration law and local residents working on a Sanctuary Campaign for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts
- a guided meditation with Impact Hub member Dhanashree Ramachandran
- information about giving back in your local communities by becoming a Big Sister mentor with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
- We are continuing our conversations from our Co-Creating Economic Mobility in Boston event. If you’re interested in joining any of that conversation - and bringing your own ideas to the table - we welcome you.
- Help design the first Venture Cafe themed around social impact work in Boston (@ January's OPN).
- Share constructive feedback for pitch practices with local entrepreneurs who don't otherwise have access to workspace to work on their projects
Do I need to have a project of my own to come along?
No, not at all! Just come along if you:
- are keen to meet different people in your area who care about making Boston a better place.
- want to brainstorm how your local street, library, or housing system might be different
- want to work together with others to make changes happen in your area
- want to find out about volunteering and work opportunities
- want to find volunteers or recruits for your project
- are running something like a neighbourhood garden, a friends of library group or an early-stage business and want a space to host events and meetings
What should I bring?
- Materials you need to workshop / present your project
- Your ideas & inspirations
- A collaborative spirit to work with new + old friends
- A snack to share, if you can! We’re believers of food as love, and sharing as caring.
Know someone who would be interested?
- Open Project Night is free and open to everyone. Send this link their way!
When is it?
- Open Project Night is held one Monday night per month (typically the first Monday, except Federal Holidays) at Impact Hub Boston, from 6.00pm to 10.00pm.
- The next few are scheduled for November 7, December 5, and January 9.
How do I book a meeting space?
- There is a selection process for groups wanting to book one of our free meeting spaces this evening (one is for up to 15 people, others are 4-6 comfortably). To apply, reach out to our team ("Contact," below) with information about your group's goals and how you'd benefit from being part of the evening here.
- We assess applications on a scale of 1-5 according to these 5 criteria:
- Events and meetings that benefit Boston
- Events and meetings that benefit the public / community
- Events and meetings that might not otherwise be able to afford or access the Impact Hub spaces
- Events and meetings that have a high impact on their attendees
- Events and meetings by groups who haven't used Open Project Night spaces before (ie. if you've made use of the spaces frequently, others may be considered first)
- (We are unlikely to give preference to paid events, unless there's a good case for them).