What’s next for mesh

While we’re disappointed that we couldn’t get together for our final meshmixer of 2013, we hope you enjoyed the snow day and the first real hint of winter. We had planned to share some exciting news about the future of mesh in person at the meshmixer, but a blog post will have to do, so here goes!

We’re delighted to announce that starting in 2014, mesh will become an initiative of HUB Ottawa. Those of you who’ve been to any of our mixers in the past year will know that the HUB is more than just a great space to network after work, it’s a veritable hive of innovation that brings together artists, professionals, and entrepreneurs from all sectors in a unique coworking community here in the nation’s capital.

HUB Ottawa

But what does this mean?
Some (Read: Lee) might say that it’s more exciting than witnessing a double rainbow. While we’ll leave to you to decide if you’re as excited about the future of mesh, here’s a glimpse at the spectrum of opportunities this new partnership offers you as a nonprofit professional:

New monthly lunchtime MeetUps
Starting in January, we’ll be hosting informal monthly meetups over the noon hour at the HUB. Bring your lunch and join other nonprofit professionals for informal discussions learning and networking with your peers. Topics will vary, and we’ll use the first MeetUp on January 13 to explore options and ideas for the months ahead. 

Monthly meetups will always be free and are open to both HUB Members and Non-members.

Networking, Hub & Spoke Style
Those of you who enjoyed our quarterly meshmixers for the chance to get together after work for an evening of networking, will naturally be inclined to register for the HUB’s quarterly HUB & Spoke events which bring together change-makers and innovators from across the sectors for an evening of connections and casual networking. Bring your business cards (or your smart phone)!

HUB & Spoke events are open to both HUB Members and Non-members, with special pricing for members. 

A new HUB membership class for nonprofit professionals
We’re particularly excited about this offer for nonprofit professionals to join the HUB and take advantage of the resources, connections and opportunities that come with a HUB Membership. 

This new nonprofit membership class includes:

  • Up to 10 hours per month of HUB time to work, learn, brainstorm, meet and connect;
  • Access to expertise, insights and networks for 260+ members locally and 10,000 globally;
  • Professional development: Take any five courses in the new HUB Masterclass up-skilling academy (see below for more on Masterclass);
  • Global Reach: Access to 40+ HUB locations around the world plus the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto;
  • Mentorship: Consistent access to subject-matter experts and nonprofit leaders; and
  • So much more, for $535 per year.

Download the information package with more information about this exclusive offer for nonprofit professionals, including testimonials and insights from current nonprofit Hubbers.

This information package has been prepared to help make it easy to share with your colleagues and managers who may want to learn more about the professional development potential that comes with a HUB Ottawa membership. In other words: take this to your boss when you sit down and talk about your PD goals and objectives for 2014!

Masterclass: What do you need to master in 2014? 
Hub MasterclassHUB Masterclass provides professional development that works.  90 minute classes that build your network and focus on topics you need.  You suggest the topics, you back the classes you want to take, and we make sure they supercharge your impact.  Vote on class topics and be the first to know when we launch the 2014 Masterclass catalog by signing up here
Thank you!
Thanks to everyone who has come out to our mixers and has been a part of creating and building mesh for the past two years. We’re excited about the future and this exciting new chapter in partnership with HUB Ottawa.

See you at the HUB!

Lee Rose, Amanda Mayer & Sarah MacNeil

Join us for the final meshmixer of 2013: November 27th @ Hub Ottawa

The final meshmixer of 2013 is almost upon us. We’ll be gathering as usual at HUB Ottawa, but this time we’re shaking things up and asking you to join us not only for an evening of networking with other nonprofit professionals, but also to share your thoughts on an exciting evolution for MESH through a partnership with the fine folks at HUB Ottawa.

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In addition to our usual offerings of wine, beer and munchies, we’ll also ring in the festive season with some local mulled apple cider and other holiday treats.

The details
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27
Where: HUB OTTAWA OT (71 Bank Street, 6th Floor)
Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door*

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* One ticket gets you and a friend or colleague who hasn’t yet attended a meshmixer in, along with a free glass of wine or beer for each of you. It’s our way to encourage new people to come out and meet up with other nonprofit professionals – it’s absolutely risk-free. 

Part of our exciting evolution includes partnering with Hub Ottawa for the inaugural running of HUB Masterclass in 2014. As a nonprofit professional, what do you need to master in 2014?

Hub Masterclass: Training you need to supercharge your impact

  • Short & to the Point: 90 minute classes, offered first thing or just before the end of the day.
  • Insanely Useful:  Content that will get you results, designed to ‘train’ rather than ‘tell’. 
  • Network Building: A class format that guarantees you will leave with an expanded network and peer insights.
  • Chosen by you:  Responsive and lean – what we offer is up to you. You suggest the topics, you back the classes you want to take, and we make sure you have a learning experience that supercharges your impact.

Here’s how it works:

SUGGEST IT.
November 15 to December 6
 

Stage 1: On November 15th, we are opening up a Masterclass suggestion platform for three weeks on the HUB Ottawa website. You will be able to vote on the topics you like (i.e. Social Media for Social Impact), and suggest new topics that you want us to offer.   

BACK IT.
December 6 to 3 weeks before a class

Stage 2: We will develop the 10 topics with the most votes into class prototypes.  You’ll be able to go online and see the class date, instructor, and description. You’ll then have the opportunity to ‘back’ the classes you want to take by registering and paying. ‘Backers’ receive a reduced rate of $35 for HUB members, $40 for non-members. Each class will need 22 backers to become part of the Masterclass pilot. If there aren’t enough backers three weeks before the class, the class will be cancelled, and backers will get a full refund. 

MASTER IT.
January to March 2014

Stage 3: The pilot Masterclasses will be offered between January and March.  We’ll be listening to your feedback and working to make them the most useful 90 minute trainings you’ve ever had.  If you love them as much as we think you will, we will roll out a full Masterclass offering for the rest of the year.

Make a move to supercharge your impact in 2014.

 

Save the date: meshmixer “It’s the economy, stupid” edition – hitting Hub Ottawa on September 25

It’s hard to believe that the August long weekend is already behind us, and that Labour Day is just around the corner. Soon we’ll be trading in our sandals for dress shoes and our pool loungers for our desk chairs. Yup. September’s coming and it’s back to business.

Brian EmmettWith that in mind, we’d like to invite you to get back to business with your fellow nonprofit professionals at a special “It’s the economy, stupid” meshmixer on Wednesday, September 25. We’ve invited Brian Emmett, the first-ever Chief Economist for the Charitable and Nonprofit sector to join us for the evening’s networking and conversations.

Did you know?

Our sector is the only one in Canada which is not able to provide an economic analysis of policies and issues (amazing, eh?). The sector has done a reasonable job in showing its social impact but has not been able to define its economic impact. This inevitably puts the sector at a significant disadvantage when talking to media, government, leaders of other sectors and the public. So not only is the new Chief Economist tasked with measuring the impact of the sector and bringing economic issues facing charities and nonprofits to the forefront, he will also be providing advice about related policies, programs and legislation.

Brian will share his insights on the economic research priorities of his office for the next few years. Don’t worry though, this won’t be a formal gathering with a talking head – true to meshmixer form, you’ll be able to connect with Brian and catch up with your nonprofit colleagues over a glass of wine or beer (or organic juice!).

The details

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25
Where: Hub Ottawa (71 Bank Street, 6th Floor)
Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door*

Register now on EventBrite 

(If you’ve prepaid for a 2013 meshmixer pass, you still need to register, but can choose the <already prepaid> option)

* One ticket gets you and a friend or colleague who hasn’t yet attended a meshmixer in, along with a free glass of wine or beer for each of you. It’s our way to encourage new people to come out and meet up with other nonprofit professionals. 

Developing a Narrative for the Charitable and Nonprofit Sector

As many of you are aware, Imagine Canada has been working with organizations across the country to create a new narrative for the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada as part of their National Engagement Strategy. Imagine Canada intends this narrative to be foundational, highlighting the role and contributions of the sector, allowing consistent messaging that is relevant and adaptable to all subsectors.

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MESH is delighted to announce an exclusive conversation with Stephen Faul, who is leading the development of the initiative. Stephen will share the progress to date and is looking for thoughtful feedback to inform the messaging. Come out for a lively discussion!
If you are interested in contributing to the narrative of the sector, please join us for a late afternoon discussion:

May 27, 2013
4 to 5:30 pm
Imagine Canada, 130 Albert Street, Suite 1705 (Ottawa, ON)
RSVP: http://newnarrative.eventbrite.ca

Be sure to RSVP, the event is free, but we need to ensure we have enough chairs for everyone! RSVP: http://newnarrative.eventbrite.ca

Charity Case – What’s The Big Idea? Dan Pallotta (Brown Bag Lunch)

Dan Pallotta across Ontario! Ottawa – Toronto – Sault Ste Marie

Ottawa event details:
When:  May 23, 12:30 to 2 pm
Where: Public Policy Forum Board Room (130 Albert Street, Suite 1405)
What to bring: An open mind and your lunch.
Register for free on EventBrite 

Do you see some trends developing in the nonprofit sector, and ever wonder if you’re the only one seeing them? Are you curious to hear what your peers in this sector are thinking? Do you have some frustrations or ideas for solutions on how we can improve the nonprofit system on a grand scale?

Well, we’re hosting some little gatherings of anyone who’d like to chat about these topics. This idea was sparked from a talk by Dan Pallotta who recently released his third book entitled Charity Case. We think Pallotta’s work can ignite an interesting conversation in some of Ontario’s communities about the nonprofit and charitable sector. Let’s break it down a bit and see what might be applicable to our own lives.

Want to know more? Check out his recent TED Talk below or a very brief summary of his recent book.

If you have any interest in coming to share your thoughts, hear your peers’ ideas and hopefully make new connections on the topic, we invite you to come to Charity Case – What’s The Big Idea? Dan Pallotta Talk & Discussion.

Whether you are engaged in environmental issues, faith, arts, youth, education, homelessness, food security, or another social organization, you’re welcome. We’d love to get your take. What we all have in common is working in the non-profit sector, and we are looking to have a great conversation with many perspectives on how to improve.

Sign up for the free Ottawa brown bag lunch event here, and watch for Dan Pallotta events from social change co-conspirators in Sault Ste Marie and Toronto.

Toronto event – May 23, 6 to 8 pm
Register on EventBrite

Sault Ste. Marie
contact connectthesector@gmail.com for updates on the Soo.

Interested in hosting an event in your own city or community? Let Connect the Sector know by sending an email to connectthesector@gmail.com.

Don’t forget to join the conversation on Twitter with #CharityCaseON

Spring 2013 meshmixer is two weeks away!

The patios are popping up in the Byward Market and the tulips are sprouting from their beds. It looks like Old Man Winter has finally released our fair city from his icy grip.

What a great time for to emerge from our collective hibernation and catch up with other nonprofit professionals at the Spring 2013 meshmixer, hitting Hub Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8.

The details
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8
Where: The Hub (71 Bank Street, 6th Floor)
Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door*

Register now on EventBrite

Prepay and save with a 2013 meshmixer pass!
You can purchase your tickets for all three remaining 2013 meshmixers in advance. If you choose to do so, you’ll save 50% on the last mixer of the year.

Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 from from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

* One ticket gets you and a friend or colleague who hasn’t yet attended a meshmixer in, along with a free glass of wine or beer for each of you. It’s our way to encourage new people to come out and meet up with other nonprofit professionals – it’s absolutely risk-free. 

Featured conversations zones
If you’re interested in one of the topics, wander on over to that conversation zone and join in. If you’d rather hang out and connect with colleagues by the bar or on the sofa, that’s cool too.

Conversation Zone: JustChange 
How can you help our city with $1,000? JustChange is a group of individuals who pool funds to support great ideas. Every two months the JustChange board seeks out ideas from the local community by releasing a Request For Proposals (RFP). One month later, they award a $1,000 grant to the individual or organization deemed to have the best project. Be sure to stop by and connect with the JustChange board members to learn more about this innovative approach to funding great ideas. 

Conversation Zone: Professional Development for Nonprofit Professionals
We’re conspiring with the fine folks at Hub Ottawa to explore delivering professional development workshops for nonprofit pros. We’ve got some great feedback from our survey earlier this year and want to share our findings and hear from you as we start to develop a calendar of PD opportunities.

Register now on EventBrite

Spring 2013 meshmixer hits the Hub on Wednesday, May 8

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Spring has sprung! 

While we may be in for one last wallop of winter, we’re looking forward to longer days, more sunshine and warmer weather. We’re also looking forward to the Spring 2013 meshmixer, hitting Hub Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8.

The details
When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8
Where: The Hub (71 Bank Street, 6th Floor)
Cost: $8 in advance or $10 at the door*

Prepay and save with a 2013 meshmixer pass!
You can purchase your tickets for all three remaining 2013 meshmixers in advance. If you choose to do so, you’ll save 50% on the last mixer of the year.

Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 25 from from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 27, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

* One ticket gets you and a friend or colleague who hasn’t yet attended a meshmixer in, along with a free glass of wine or beer for each of you. It’s our way to encourage new people to come out and meet up with other nonprofit professionals – it’s absolutely risk-free. 

Featured conversations zones
If you’re interested in one of the topics, wander on over to that conversation zone and join in. If you’d rather hang out and connect with colleagues by the bar or on the sofa, that’s cool too. More details about our featured conversation zones will be available on http://www.meshnetwork.ca soon!

Register now on EventBrite