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Featured Event:

Dream Tank: Where Kids Launch Their Dreams!Friday, July 22nd 6:00-9:00 pm
@Impact HUB Boulder 

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Dream Tank is an accelerator week for kids and teens to design a business, a product, a service, or an expression that they are passionate about.  At Dream Tank kids launch their dreams by playing, inventing, and learning the tools to make it happen! SIGN UP for the week: Here 

On July 22nd, at the end of our week our first class of cadets will be presenting & performing their brilliant ideas of how they see the world they want to create for all generations to come at Impact Hub Boulder from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  The kids will be producing this public event for all ages as their: Dream Tank: Mission Launch! 

Kids will be equipped with their launch plan, a simple website, and where possible, an advertisement in some form of media ready to go.
Dream Tank: Mission Launch is where kids get to share their ideas with the public, parents, and Impact/entrepreneurship community. In a non-competitive environment, kids/teens are able to share their brilliance with how they see the world, and what they want to create for all generations to come. We are forming a ‘Cadet Council’ where the kids/teens are the experts to consult on adult entrepreneurs’ ideas. 
Buy tickets here!

July Events Line-Up at Impact HUB Boulder:

-Mindful Movement-

Join Susane Menge every Tuesday in July during your normal work day for 15 minutes from 11:30 – 11:45 a.m. @Impact Hub Boulder to learn simple strategies to reduce stress & increase productivity!

Breath * Stand Tall * Relax More

*Susanne Menge is a Coach of Mind, Body & Spirit, Entrepreneur, Writer, and Speaker on a mission to support each person in realizing their true potential. Learn more at www.clear-fitness.com.?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Presented by: Susanne Menge
www.clear-fitness.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

-5 Secrets for Maintaining Energy and Focus-

Do you run out the door in the morning, unfed and frazzled? Do you need that afternoon pick-me- up? Wish you could improve your work efficiency?

Grab your lunch and join the presentation!
Wednesday, July 6th * 12-1 pm * @Impact Hub Boulder

*Lesley Herrmann, Certified Nutritional Consultant and Wellness Coach, shares tips and techniques for creating sustained energy and laser focus in the workplace. Find out how to turn on your power from breakfast to bedtime so you can work efficiently and then go out and play!
www.awakenedtaste.com/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

The Curiosity Lab: Intro to Rapid Prototyping Workshop,         July 13th 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Impact Hub Boulder 

About this Workshop:

The Curiosity Lab is an experimental approach to problem-solving that values getting ideas and prototypes out in the real world as quickly as possible and learning through direct experience.
Get introduced to human empathy and prototyping approaches and discover how small, cross-functional teams can design, build & test things quickly. This fun, evening workshop spends minimal time on theory/lecturing and maximises learning by doing through hands-on building in small teams, followed by some discussion.

*Your workshop lead, Andrew Brown, owner of Curiosity Labs will guide you through a 5-stage process that startup founders, designers, product managers, and engineers can apply to different problems across the business, from product development to sales to even pitching. 

Come join us the second Thursday morning of every month for our longest running and most successful networking event!  Facilitated by Elizabeth Treister, Coffee Collider is a great way to connect to both the Impact Hub community and the Boulder Community, and begin to spark collaboration and build your network.
Thursday, July 14th,  8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
@Impact Hub Boulder 

RSVP
Format:
Introductions (1 minute each)
Who are you?
What are you working on?
What is your most pressing need or ask?
Break off’s / Open Networking
Find at least one other person and help them fill their need.
*About the Facilitator: Elizabeth Treister is the Boulder Representative for Boulder Business Welcomes, a referral network.  She assists business people with connecting to resources and contacts which can enhance their productivity.

Speaker Mastermind: Mastering Public Speaking 
by, Jon BlockThursday, July 14th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ Impact Hub Boulder
RSVPPublic speaking is by far the most transformational and lucrative way to create clients for your business. But are you really maximizing your effectiveness from stage? Come to this special 2-hour event led by award-winning speaker trainer Jon Block and discover the essential keys of a signature talk, learn the best places to get speaking gigs, and network with a community of conscious speaker-entrepreneurs. 

*Through his speaker training & networking organization SPEAKER VENTURE, since 2011 Jon Block has personally mentored over 500 entrepreneurs to use public speaking to dramatically increase their revenue and social impact. The seen entrepreneurs discover their original voice and their highest contribution, while earning hundreds of thousands of dollars.

   How to Build Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe: Less Time, Less Money, Less Stuff

Wednesday, July 20th, 6:30 -8:30 p.m. 
@Impact Hub Boulder
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  Impact Hub Member, Kat Smith (The Style Coach) and Sara Weinreb (IMBY) will show you how to build the perfect capsule wardrobe to fit your lifestyle. A capsule wardrobe is a wardrobe of 30-50 pieces (including shoes) that all work together in harmony, giving you the ability to create numerous different outfits. This is an event for men and women and with this framework, you will look your best, spend less time and money shopping, and get rid of all that excess stuff!
*Kat Smith is a professional stylist and founder of The Style Coach. She has seven years of styling experience and has helped hundreds of men and women find their confidence through style.
*Sara Weinreb is founder of IMBY. With a background in design thinking and supporting hundreds of entrepreneurs in building their social impact businesses, Sara founded IMBY as a frustrated consumer wanting to find a simple way to shop for clothing that is responsibly made.

     

Relational Intelligence for Business: Optimize Your Communication for Trust and Impact
by Josh Zemel

Thursday, July 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm.

                                       @Impact Hub Boulder
                                       RSVP

It’s no secret that strong relationships are essential in business. What’s often less obvious is HOW to reliably create the kinds of strong connections that lead to success.  In this fun and educational evening, you’ll learn and practice a simple tool to make any interaction more real, nourishing, and exciting… and for building trust with those you care most about working with.  You’ll leave with a new ability to draw out the best in those around you in a way that feels genuine and not gimmicky.

*As a coach and consultant, Josh Zemel helps people achieve business goals while also looking at their life’s ecosystem systemically. He also helps executives and their teams speak more openly and get on the same page faster. He is the founder of True Wealth Coaching, and he leads courses in Authentic Relating, including at The Integral Center in Boulder, CO.

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NOW HIRING: Events Coordinator Intern http://impacthubboulder.com/now-hiring-events-coordinator-intern/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:15:03 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11191 Impact_Hub_Boulder_logo

Employer: Impact Hub Boulder
Position Title: Events Coordinator Intern
Requirements: Past events coordinating experience or strong desire to learn, excellent customer service and communication skills written and verbal, strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
About the position: 15 hours per week, July through December

Impact Hub Boulder is a downtown Boulder co-working space serving social entrepreneurs, progressive business leaders, non-profits and change-makers.

Duties: Work closely with the Events and Programs manager to respond to event inquiries, organize potential clients and promote upcoming events through the proper channels using a variety of platforms. Intern will walk clients through HUB rental procedures and attend 2 events average during the week. Intern will additionally be trained on in-house A.V. system for use during events.

Platforms use, including:

Eventbrite
Facebook
Mailchimp
LinkedIn
Wordpress

Collaboration with:

-Events and Program Manager
-Social Media and Content Interns
-A wide variety of clientele and community partners in the Boulder area

Additional Information: This position requires attention on a daily basis, far more than you’ll be in the actual space. Must be capable of executing without constant oversight after training period with Events and Programs Manager.

What you get: This position offers significant opportunity to build a professional career path, learn about entrepreneurship, receive valuable mentorship throughout your tenure, connect with a network of business owners and learn from and engage with a community of change-makers. Intern will have unique exposer to a wide variety of diverse events and collaborative opportunities.

Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Maiyu Ondaro: events@impacthubboulder.com

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June Programs and Events http://impacthubboulder.com/june-programs-and-events/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:43:52 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11163  


JUNE Programs and Events in Full Bloom at Impact Hub Boulder!

June Events at Impact Hub Boulder 

RSVP for Unreasonable Impact Series Workshops Today!

What: CHANGEMAKER CHATS
When: Wednesday, June 15th
Where: Impact Hub Boulder
Arrival: 6:30 p.m. | Chat: 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
RSVP

We’re thrilled to hear more about how this dynamic Boulder changemaker works to redistribute healthy produce to low-income people in Boulder, by bicycle. Hana is also a part of the Boulder County Healthy Eating Active Living Team, a cofounder of Boulder Food Not Bombs, and a co-founder and organizer Food Rescue Alliance, a program that works to support food recovery organizations with their inception and share next and best practices for growth and innovation.

~About Changemaker Chats~
Held every other month, Changemaker Chats aim to bring together young women professionals in Boulder who are working to advance change in their organizations and communities around the world!

WHAT: GROW Event
When: June 28th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Impact Hub Boulder
RSVP  Hosted By Global Shapers’ Boulder HubInteract with Global Shapers — Gain Insight –Make an Impact!

Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievements and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. An initiative of the World Economic Forum, our mission is to catalyze and enhance, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and to engage in projects related to specific challenges identified by our local Hub.

Great Monthly Series at Impact HUB Boulder

Conscious Impact Accelerator
Wednesday, 6/1
6:30- 9:00 PM
RSVP
“Unleashing Creativity/Design for Life” with George Kembel, Global Director of D.School
In this session we’ll be exploring what it means to take a creative stance in everyday life and explore simple ways to use the tools of design thinking to solve challenges in your home, school, work or community.
Coffee Collider
Thursday, 6/9 8:30-9:30 AM
RSVP
Come join us the second Thursday morning of every month for our longest running and most successful networking event. The Coffee Collider is both a great way to connect to the Impact Hub and the Boulder Community!
 
Member Wine Down
Friday, 6/24
5:30-7:30 PM

Come meet your fellow HUB co-workers and enjoy a glass of wine!

Assembly of the Commons
Wednesday, 6/29
6:30-8:30 PM

*Please join us in monthly meetings where we’ll collectively form a Boulder Assembly of the Commons and ask the questions: What values and principles will we share and promote? What would be the structure and purpose of a civic cooperative enterprise? Who will this emerging group / enterprise / collective serve?…

VIDEO HEADSHOTS are here at Impact Hub Friday, June 24th!

In conjunction with Impact Hub’s Member Winedown, Happy Hour Headshot is introducing then next big thing in the world of online images: VIDEO HEADSHOTS. Check it out: http://www.happyhourheadshot.com/blog/headshotvideo?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss.

Join Happy Hour Headshot’s consummate headshot expert, Jennifer Buhl from 5-6pm, Friday Jun 24th forfree beer and free video headshots. That’s right, free.

And if you haven’t yet updated your “traditional” image, Jennifer is offering our members a fantastic discount. With the code “hubheadshots” your session/image consultation will cost you $1. Digital images – which you pick on the spot (instant gratification) – start at $195 for 2. That’s right, a screaming deal.

RSVP here and Jennifer will set you up with insider tips on how to prep for your Best Self. And she always sells out, so don’t dilly-dally.
 
For more about Jennifer and her images, check out her website.

Team Headshot (Jennifer, Marcus, & Justin)
www.happyhourheadshot.com?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss
Denver, Co.

Member Wine Down
Friday, 6/24
5:30-7:30 PM


Also joining us at our Hub member Wine Down this month is Eric Jackson and the Facet Team.  The Facet Team is working on a unique tool for the Impact Hub Community to help members engage with each other on a deeper level. “We are hoping it will serve as an icebreaker for members so that we can be more effective in our community Impact”.

 Feel free to ask Eric and team any questions you may have regarding this exciting program. If you see Eric make sure to say hi and be on the lookout for more news about the HubCollider!

Host Your Next Event at Impact Hub Boulder!

From industry presentations and networking receptions, to launch parties and fundraising events the Impact Hub Boulder is a great venue for your next event. Space is available for rent to both members and the general public. Complete a brief online form and our event coordinator will be in touch in regards to rental rates and availability.
http://impacthubboulder.com/host-an-event?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

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Humans of Impact Hub: Lara Pearson http://impacthubboulder.com/humans-of-impact-hub-lara-pearson/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 10 May 2016 01:27:54 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11122         “When I read Yvon Chouinard’s book [Let my People Go Surfing] in ’05, I sort of had this epiphany, like the planet is not going to wait for my law firm to be profitable.  And if what he says is true, then I should just do it, and the profitability will follow.  And I remember my accountant at the time was like “What are you doing?! You can’t give away 1% of gross revenue!” So I joined and made that commitment, to give away 1% to environmental groups.”

 

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        Trapped in a world of technical jargon and legal semantics, it’s often very hard to find a lawyer who truly steps outside of the box.  Lara Pearson is that person. Once representing firms such as Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Corporation and the Mustang Ranch Brothel, Lara brings a unique perspective to the world of social enterprise.  Her company, BrandGeek, is focused on crafting creative brand protection strategies for social entrepreneurs, and having some fun along the way.  If you’re looking to learn more about giving back, doing things differently with your brand, or just looking to come away inspired, you should really talk to Lara.

 

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        Join Lara for the Impact Hub Mentor Lunch Series on Monday, May 16th for a crash course on trademark law entitled “What’s in a Name?”  Reserve a spot here. For a more detailed bio or to check out more of her incredible work, head over to www.brandgeek.net?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. You can reach Lara directly at Lara@BrandGeek.net.

 

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Impactful New Series, Events, BSW and more! –May newsletter http://impacthubboulder.com/impactful-new-series-events-bsw-and-more-may-newsletter/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 03 May 2016 20:48:11 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11101  



Inside this Issue of:
Impact HUB Boulder Community:  
  • Meet our featured Human of Impact, Lara Pearson and attend her workshop/ mentor sessions on May 16th, 2016.
  • Introducing an Incredible New Series and Partnership between Impact Hub Boulder, d.Global and the StarHouse!
  • Boulder Startup Week events at Impact Hub Boulder from 5/16 – 5/18.
  • Special Event: Impact Investing Part III– Myth Busting 5/19.
  • Impact Hub Boulder ongoing monthly events and programs.

HUMANS OF IMPACT series at Impact Hub Boulder

Featuring: Laura Pearson
By Lucas Peel

Trapped in a world of technical jargon and legal semantics, it’s often very hard to find a lawyer who truly steps outside of the box.  Lara Pearson is that person.  This soulful intellectual property attorney has had an impressive and fascinating legal career, touting more than a few stories to back it up.  Whether detailing the integral role Hell’s Angels Motorcycle Corporation played in her transition into the world of social enterprise or her time spent on the Board of Directors for 1% of the Planet along with Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, Lara speaks with a bubbly warmth and infectious tenacity.  Her company, BrandGeek, is focused on crafting creative brand protection strategies for social entrepreneurs, and maybe having some fun along the way.

Join Lara for our Mentor Lunch Series: Protect the Name You’ve Made for Yourself®, Monday, May 16th @ Impact Hub, for a crash course on trademark law entitled “What’s in a Name?”  RSVP here to secure your spot. For a more detailed bio or to check out more of her incredible work, head over to www.brandgeek.net?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss. You can reach Lara directly at Lara@BrandGeek.net.

Conscious Impact Accelerator 

Be a part of the first in this Incredible new interactive series brought to you by d.Global, Impact Hub Boulder and the Star House!!
Monday 5/9, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
RSVP@ Impact Hub Boulder


As we kick off this new monthly series, we’ll give you tools to get in touch with that burning passion in your heart, understand the needs of the world and the people you want to serve and help you serve them more powerfully and effectively (as well as consciously and creatively).*Each month you’ll learn a new skill – learning by doing, prototyping and creating. We’ll also practice key consciousness raisers (the 5c’s): Contemplation, Curiosity, Compassion, Collaboration/Co-Creation, and Creative Impact. This first session will introduce the idea of a Conscious Impact Accelerator and will act as our first highly interactive design collaboratory.

 With Design Thinking, Conscious Coaching “All Stars” and The StarHouse Visioneers:

•                George Kembel (d.global, Stanford d.school)
•                Gia Medeiros (520 Collective, The StarHouse)
•                Zach Nies Techstars, CU Boulder)
•                Coeylen Barry (Stanford d.school, CreateEDU)
•                Mekayla Beaver (IDEO, Gloworm)
•                Susan Skjei (Naropa, Authentic Leadership)
•                Ron & Sue Kertzner (GE, Choicepoint Consulting)
•                Amy Reichlin (Amy Reichlin Consulting, Volunteer Mentor
                 for Boomtown and Techstars)
•                Corin Blanchard (StarHouse, Alchemy Alignment)
Tickets: $15.00
Free for Impact Hub Members–email: events@impacthubboulder.com for
discount code

Impact Hub Boulder is hosting a number of BSW events throughout the week–Stop by for any of these free events–not to be missed! Official BSW Schedule

BSW Events at Impact Hub Boulder

Naturally Boulder Panel Discussion –Monday, May 16th 8:30 AM- 10:30 AM
General Assembly~ Collaboration in Tech –Tuesday, May 17th 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Coffee ConspiracyWednesday, May 18th 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Climate Change Panel-Wednesday, May 18th 9:00 -10:00 AM
*Note to Hub Members: Impact Hub Boulder will be closed for co-working on the Northside until 11:30 AM Monday, May 16th and both the North and South sides will be closed until 11:30 AM Wednesday May 18th, 2016 for BSW.  Please feel free to join in and attend these free events!         

Impact Hub Boulder, Veris Wealth Partners & Pax World Investments Present~

Impact Investing Part III: Myth Busting

Myth #1:  Real impact is hard to come by ~ presented by Julie Gorte Senior Vice President for Sustainable Investing, Pax Wealth Investments.

Myth #2:   You must sacrifice financial returns in order to have impact ~ presented by Jane Swan Senior Wealth Manager, Veris Wealth Partners.

Myth #3:  Impact investing is only available to high net worth individuals  ~ presented by Rich Hoops.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided.

Thank you to our sponsors!  Pax World Investments and Veris Wealth Partners.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (MDT)
@ Impact Hub Boulder
 RSVP
Tickets: $20.00
$10.00 for Impact Hub Boulder Members

Members receive a discount by emailing info@impacthubboulder.com to receive discount code.
* All proceeds go to benefit Impact Hub Boulder

 

More Great Monthly Series at Impact Hub Boulder:

Tuesdays with Morey Book Club Upon the recent success of the Co-Creating the Commons event held at Impact HUB Boulder, this book comes from our need to expand our minsets to be more understanding of the commons.

This book will be featured weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30PM during May at the Impact HUB (south side) ’til 8:ish. Please bring any complementary tomes related to this that you think will add perspective to our discussion!

You’re invited to bring something for us all to nosh on or drink.

Co-Creating the Assembly of the CommonsWe plan on reviewing the key themes that emerged from our first meeting and to begin the process of ‘sensing the field’, mapping our existing and emerging Boulder Commons.
Monday, 5/11 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Free for Impact Hub Members

Coffee Collider 

Come join us the second Thursday morning of every month for our longest running and most successful networking event. The Coffee Collider is a great way to connect to both the Impact Hub community and the Boulder Community, and begin to spark collaboration and build your network.
Thursday, 5/12 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
RSVP $5.00 

 

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The Sharing Game: 36 Questions Scientifically Proven to Bring You Closer Together http://impacthubboulder.com/the-sharing-game-36-questions-scientifically-proven-to-bring-you-closer-together/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 02 May 2016 18:41:58 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11093  

           Here at Impact Hub Boulder, we love a good conversation.  From empathizing to collaborating, having a genuine heart-to-heart with a client, teammate or stranger is at the very foundation of making an impact.  But with the high-stress workloads, full schedules and hustle-bustle of daily life, there is often little time to devote to making new, meaningful connections.  Luckily for us, social psychology research power-couple Dr. Arthur and Elain Aron have been studying interpersonal closeness for over 30 years.  According to their research, they have developed a set of 36 questions that— regardless of prior relationship or agreement on measured “important attitudes”— nearly always produce  closeness.

 

          The study was an independent sample of 296 students, who were paired at random and took turns asking and answering questions in a 45 minute time frame.  After 45 minutes of interaction, 30% of students rated this new relationship as closer than the closest relationship of their lives.  Following the experiment, nearly 60% of students had at least one subsequent conversation, and over a third had done something together outside of class.  You can read the full study here

 

          So if you find yourself with a spare moment at lunch, in between meetings, or just are feeling the need to take a break, meet someone new.  Strike up a conversation.  You never know, you might just make a friend.

 

Here is the full list of questions developed by Dr. Aron(s).  For a quick look, I’ve bolded a couple of my favorites.

 

Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?

—Would you like to be famous? In what way?

—Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say? Why?

—What would constitute a perfect day for you?

—When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?

—If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for

the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?

—Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?

—Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?

—Take four minutes and tell you partner your life story in as much detail as possible.

—If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?

—If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would       you want to know?

—Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?

—What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

—What do you value most in a friendship?

—What is your most treasured memory?

—What is your most terrible memory?

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about

the way you are now living? Why?

—What does friendship mean to you?

—What roles do love and affection play in your life?

— Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.

—How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most

other people’s?

—How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?

—Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “we are both in this room feeling…”

—Complete this sentence “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”

—If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.

—Tell your partner what you like about them: be honest this time, saying things that you might

not say to someone you’ve just met.

—Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.

—When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?

—Tell your partner something that you like about them already.

—What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?

—If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what

would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?

Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones

and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What

would it be? Why?

—Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?

—Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

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A Closer Look at Boulder’s Bubble http://impacthubboulder.com/a-closer-look-at-boulders-bubble/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Tue, 26 Apr 2016 01:21:34 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11078           Boulder, Colorado has long been notorious for its quirkiness.  Often featured on lists like Most Active Cities, Best Places to Live or America’s Foodiest Towns, the city is home to a unique blend of rowdy students, yuppie entrepreneurs and nature lovers.  Known by critics and residents alike as The People’s Republic, few would hesitate to call Boulder an anomaly.  But do we have our heads too far in the clouds?  According to Charles Murray, a libertarian political scientist, the last half century has birthed a new upper class of highly educated Americans who are largely out-of-touch with working class white America.  Murray notes that this new class is largely forming in homogenous ‘bubble communities’ such as Silicon Valley’s Palo Alto or Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

 

          In his 2012 book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010,” Charles Murray created a 25 question quiz intended to test the thickness’ of bubble communities based on ZIP code.  Growing up in South Florida, I am no stranger to these bubble communities.  My childhood is a vivid collage of white luxury sedans and soccer moms from gated neighborhoods.

 

          But what is wrong with this? You may be asking.  After all it is only rational to desire a high quality of life, and most of us with the status or wealth are willing to be mobile to find it.  This may be, in some ways, a major part of the ‘American Dream’.  There is indeed nothing wrong with wanting to move up the socioeconomic ladder.  The danger comes in when that rung on the ladder becomes increasingly isolated from those below it.  The people in the top percentiles include almost all of those who run the nation’s culture, economy, and politics who are living a level of normal that is far-removed from the average American.

 

          While Boulder may be no Palo Alto or Upper West Side, we are well on our way to bubbledom.  According to a survey by the Boulder Economic Council, only 32 percent of the people working in Boulder actually live here.  This is problematic, particularly when we consider that a bulk of this work comprises the low-skill labor sector.  Coupled with Boulder’s booming (bubbling?) housing market, this dynamic is only going to become worse.

 

          Instances of racism, both institutional and informal, are becoming well documented as minority residents begin challenging Boulder’s progressive reputation.  A recent study indicates that only 1/4 of African American students at CU feel “valued and supported” in the community.  In the same study, less than 1/2 of students considered the campus accepting of diverse political opinions, and 22 percent claimed to have witnessed the derogatory treatment of people with conservative political beliefs.

 

          It’s a closed loop cycle: the more we surround ourselves— whether intentional or not—with people like us, the less empathetic and understanding we become of different experiences.  There are quantifiable benefits to being around people who are different than us, from increased creativity and work ethic, that are obviously lost when we exclude them, make them feel unwelcome or isolate ourselves.  When it comes to choosing a place to raise a family, being wary of the bubble community is important.  Murray found that it was the ZIP code of where you were living at age 10, rather than the ZIP code of where you are living now, that best corresponds to low scores (a thicker bubble).  

 

          So is Boulder a bubble? Maybe not just yet.  But as the hot air continues to rise, we must come to terms with the fact that we are living very different lives than the rest of America, or the world.  And even with the best intentions, it’s difficult to change anything that we are isolated from.  This means that if we’re truly here to experience the world, if we’re truly here to make an impact, we may just need to try a little harder to burst that bubble.

 

Take Charles Murray’s quiz here

 

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Hiring: Hosts, Summer Interns http://impacthubboulder.com/hiring-hosts-summer-interns/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:14:36 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11073 Host positions have been filled. Still accepting internship applications. 

 

Four positions are now available at Impact Hub! (2) Part-time Hosts, (2) Interns, descriptions below:

 

Host at Impact Hub Boulder

Employer: Impact Hub Boulder

Position Title: Part-time Host

Requirements: Sales or service experience

About the position: 20 hours per week

Impact Hub Boulder is a downtown Boulder co-working space serving social entrepreneurs, progressive business leaders, non-profits and change-makers.

 

Duties: Hosts are core to the success of Impact Hub Boulder, and their responsibilities are similar to a high-end business concierge.  Hosts are responsible for creating and maintaining a healthy and productive work environment for the members, facilitating connections, greeting and assisting visitors, providing excellent customer service, and are held accountable for best in class space care.

Facilities management, including:

  • Open/close the co-working space
  • Maintaining cleanliness and order in the workspace, kitchen, conference rooms and other co working areas
  • Tech / AV support (e.g. connecting to the wi-fi, printing, connecting a computer to a monitor, etc.)

Member service, which includes:

  • Greeting and welcoming members and guests, learning names
  • Membership sales and prospect conversion
  • Processing all incoming requests from members
  • Learning about members’ needs and connecting them with other individuals

Additional Information: Charismatic and socially focused individuals with an interest in making genuine connections serve best in this role. If you’re quick and detailed oriented, this job is quite fun.

What you get: The Host position is a part-time, hourly position at $14/hour. In addition to financial compensation, this position offers significant opportunity to build a professional career path, learn about entrepreneurship, receive valuable mentorship throughout your tenure, connect with a network of business owners and learn from and engage with a community of change-makers.

 

Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to mark@hubboulder.com


Content Writer Intern

Employer: Impact Hub Boulder

Position Title: Content Writer

Requirements: Writing experience, personal or organizational

About the position: 10 hours per week, May through August

Impact Hub Boulder is a downtown Boulder co-working space serving social entrepreneurs, progressive business leaders, non-profits and change-makers.

 

Duties: Create written content in collaboration with staff, members and community organizations. Work directly with the content team to create a strategy and increase Impact Hub’s online influence.

Coverage through writing, including:

  • Members, interview
  • Events
  • Newsworthy updates
  • Opinion articles

Collaboration with:

  • Photography
  • Video
  • Social Media

Additional Information: This position requires attention on a daily basis, far more than you’ll be in the actual space. Must be capable of executing without constant oversight.

What you get: This position offers significant opportunity to build a professional career path, learn about entrepreneurship, receive valuable mentorship throughout your tenure, connect with a network of business owners and learn from and engage with a community of change-makers. Unpaid.

 

Apply: Email your resume and example writing to mark@hubboulder.com


Communications and Social Media Intern

Employer: Impact Hub Boulder

Position Title: Communications and Social Media Intern

Requirements: Social media experience, personal or organizational

About the position: 10 hours per week, May through August

Impact Hub Boulder is a downtown Boulder co-working space serving social entrepreneurs, progressive business leaders, non-profits and change-makers.

 

Duties: Post on content on social media and internal communications platforms consistently, using content generated in-house and relevant content from other organizations. Work directly with the content team to create a strategy and increase Impact Hub’s online influence.

Platforms use, including:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Mailchimp
  • LinkedIn
  • Hylo, other

Collaboration with:

  • Photography
  • Video
  • In-house articles and blog posts
  • Relevant re-posts, other

Additional Information: This position requires attention on a daily basis, far more than you’ll be in the actual space. Must be capable of executing without constant oversight.

What you get: This position offers significant opportunity to build a professional career path, learn about entrepreneurship, receive valuable mentorship throughout your tenure, connect with a network of business owners and learn from and engage with a community of change-makers. Unpaid.

 

Apply: Email your resume and links to social media to mark@hubboulder.com

 

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Humans of Impact Hub: Emma Ruffin http://impacthubboulder.com/humans-of-impact-hub-emma-ruffin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Mon, 18 Apr 2016 20:24:21 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=11037         In three words, Emma describes herself as a Joyful Eco Warrior.  From her time studying Tropical Biology in Costa Rica, to organizing a grassroots protest against the Keystone XL pipeline, Emma has a passion for all things environmental.  She is currently working with C3 (Climate Culture Collaborative) Boulder, a backbone organization fostering collaboration between different climate actors within the Boulder community.

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       “I still dream in spanish sometimes, and it’s been years.  My favorite spanish phrase, that we used in Costa Rica all the time, is ‘a cachete’.  ‘Cachete’ means cheek, and so the idea is that you’re smiling so big that your cheeks hurt.  Someone will ask you how you are doing, and you’ll say ‘A cachete!’ ‘I’m so good!’ It’s pure joy.  Speaking spanish, or speaking any foreign language, is like trying to speak in poetry, because if you don’t know a word, you need to go about it in a roundabout way…  I feel like that is so much of life, just constantly exploring, and making it up as we go along.”

 

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       Want to share your joyful eco passion with Emma and C3?  Join them April 18th to 24th for #BoulderEarthWeek, an event packed week of celebration, vision, and collaboration for a better Boulder and better world.  Check out www.boulder.earth?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss or www.c3boulder.co?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss for more information.  You can reach Emma personally at emmaruffin93@gmail.com/

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Member Spotlight : Sarah Kraft http://impacthubboulder.com/member-spotlight-sarah-kraft/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:07:44 +0000 http://impacthubboulder.com/?p=10219 For the past year, the Naturally Boulder office has been housed at Impact Hub Boulder. We are excited to support the Naturally Boulder community with co-working, and ongoing educational events. Impact Hub invites YOU to become part of the natural products tribe that emerging in our already vibrant member community. Check out our member benefits here, and email us info@impacthubboulder.com to schedule a personal tour to see if Impact Hub is a good fit for you an your business. We can’t wait to see you! 

Member Spotlight by Sarah Kraft 

I’m Sarah Kraft. My dharma is to make the world a more loving and connected place and that’s ultimately why I’m a member of the Impact Hub. I wear many hats… and among them, I am the founder of Rhythm of Life, the parent company of Birth Institute and Eco Living Institute. We support healthy families and better living through education programs.

My work in maternal health, ecology and education spans the globe. A few years ago, I was traveling in SE Asia and discovered a traditional food product that is widely unknown in the US and was inspired to start a food business which is now in the final phase of research and development. I would tell you what the product is, but that’s top secret for the moment. All I will say is that you will be intrigued, and you will be hooked when the product is launched in 2016.

My vision and drive is to create a company that not only creates a superior product, that attracts investors like bees to honey and is wildly successful in the consumer market – it is to make the world a better place through my business. From regenerative agricultural practices and cooperative business ownership that brings health and abundance in the form of living, social, financial and spiritual capital to B corporation status and of course rock-star backstage pass status at natural products expo… I want to build my business to be something great. Something great that is an extension of my values and beliefs while simultaneously stretching me beyond my own boundaries to be bigger than I ever believed imaginable.

And let me tell you, these goals are hard to accomplish in my pajamas, in my basement or jumping from coffee shop to coffee shop.

Bringing my vision to life requires constant connection and feedback. Being a member of organizations like Naturally Boulder give me tools and connection… and extending that kind of education and connection into my daily work life through the Impact Hub has been the undeniable silver bullet to propel me toward my own vision and support my ideals.

Showing up here at Impact Hub Boulder every day, plopping down next to other like-minded, equally hard working and perhaps slightly delusional people is nothing short of critical to my business success. At the Hub my ideals become tangible. This is true in the form of collaboration and connection which sometimes feels like divine intervention.

I wanted to learn from industry leaders who have walked this path before and within a week, I met the CEO of one of my favorite natural products companies, who happened to be here for a meeting. I literally bumped into him and we met in the process of my awkward apologies. I needed a chef and attended a Hub organized  member lunch. Who was there but a chef? I needed advisors and I found not one but several advisors here. I needed a break from my own madness and was invited to attend a retreat at Gold Lake, comprised of friends who work here, where I not only did some profound and deep soul searching, I met one of my now business partners.

Just this week, I said to myself, I wish that I could deepen my meditation practice and I was  invited me to attend the Hub’s new “Mindfulness Circle” held every Tuesday morning.

And those are just the most potent examples. On a more subtle level, even in interactions with people who do not directly benefit me or my business, this is my tribe. The colleagues that I share desk space with are my people. You know? They are people that also have a dharma and are actively living it out every day.

So now, I hope that you are curious. I hope that you have heard a little piece of yourself in my story and if you have, I hope to see you here at Impact Hub Boulder soon. There is nothing I would love more than to expand the tribe, to support each other’s personal and professional path toward greatness and a better world.

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Sarah Kraft, Founder, Birth Institute & Padma Food and Beverage Corporation

Hub member since: 2014

Impact Objective: (I’ve got 2!)

1. Better birth. Better world. 2. Healthy food. Healthy Planet.

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