Around The World With The Impact Hub Global Network by Impact Hub Boulder member Sean Helvey

Several months ago, when I began planning my first trip to Europe, it occurred to me that I ought to visit a couple of different Impact Hubs. I needed a place to work and after being a member of the community here in Boulder, it was easy to imagine that other locations would be full of friendly staff, inspiring members, and fresh perspectives. While many of the people here know one another, I hadn’t seen much interaction between members living in different places. I decided to write about my trip in the hope that it would inspire more cross-border collaboration.

After visiting 4 different Impact Hubs over the course of 5 weeks, I’m left with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the places and people who made the adventure a success. When I arrived in Stockholm, they welcomed me with open arms, and after two weeks there I felt like part of the family. I experienced the same hospitality at a much larger location in Prague and a prototype Hub in San Sebastian. The people in Berlin took me right in and made an impression on me that I will never forget. I found that I could travel around the world and be a part of the global community as a member of Impact Hub.

So go and do it! Talk with the staff at Impact Hub and ask them to put you in touch with someone at the location that you want to visit. Seek out the community catalyst (shout to my friends Yoav Goldwein at Impact Hub Stockholm and Vishal Jodhani at Impact Hub Berlin) to learn more about the culture there. Ask members out to lunch. Stick around for drinks in the evenings. You are going to meet amazing people at Impact Hubs no matter where you travel.

Huge thanks to everyone who helped to make my dream possible. Thank you all so much!

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About Sean Helvey

Impact Hub Boulder member Sean Helvey fell in love with our town when he was selected for Boulder Startup Week “Fly-In” Program. He started CoderDojo Boulder, created the Podcast BLDRPPL, and organizes Boulder JS. Sean is passionate about working directly with clients to solve interesting problems as the founder of Blue Hook. If you are interested in finance, check out his latest creation Valunicorn, a newsletter for value investors. On any given weekday you can find Sean happily working away in the co-working space at the Hub. Every day he usually has a secret stash of chocolate and if you are nice to him he might tell you where it is, and maybe even share some with you to fuel your work day. Read more about Sean here on his website.

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