Impact Hub Ottawa is taking their successful formula for collaborative innovation and expanding it beyond their membership to the greater Ottawa public. It’s like an open source movement for community development.
If you are not familiar with Hub Ottawa, they are the local “collaboration, innovation and incubation ecosystem for people and organizations working to better the world.” They are also more than I can capture in a short blog entry but I’ll try. Beyond being a 3,200 sqf physical space on Bank Street with meeting rooms and event spaces, Hub provides resources, networks and knowledge to it’s members. They also have the ability to tap into a global Hub network, allowing Hubbers to connect with over 15,000 fellow innovators.
There are some great creations that have come out of Hub Ottawa. The Ottawa Tool Library, a location to borrow tools, was the result of two members, a fibre artist and a web developer, putting their heads and skills together after a casual conversation over beers. Hidden Harvest, a group that collects nuts and fruit from food-bearing trees, met Community Knowledge Exchange, a platform for social change, and tapped into the power of City of Ottawa’s open data listing to gain the location of all the city’s food-bearing trees.
If you are attracted to the concept of working with some of Ottawa’s most creative talent to better our home, you may be interested in knowing that the Hub is launching a new initiative to better engage non-Hubbers to learn and share ideas.
Starting this Tuesday from 5-7PM, and continuing the last Tuesday of the month, The Hub is offering Open Project Nights. The goal of the Hub is collaboration and relationship building between its members. This series will open that same concept up to the public. Meetings will open with an open mic session and round table introductions where participants can share their projects or they can simply observe and be inspired by the ideas of their peers. Bridgehead coffee will be fueling the meeting.
The hope of the organizers is to attract a diverse crowd of local innovators (from techies to policy analysts to data jockeys to artists and more) that are tacking some of the toughest projects (social, environmental, cultural, economic, etc.) in Ottawa and beyond. The Hub put it out there very succinctly on social media: “Calling all who love our City and want to make it a better place”.
If interested in participating or observing, the Hub office is located on the 6th floor of 71 Bank Street.