If you follow Coworkies, you are now familiar with Impact Hub, one of the biggest coworking brand fostering social impact. After visiting them in their very first location in London but also in Milan, Madrid, Lisbon, Stockholm, Istanbul we naturally got curious to discover how the NYC branch works.
We met Silvia, who, at the time of our visit, ran the community there, for a tour and a chat about the space, its mission and community.
Impact Hub, the mission
In a city like New York, you might not directly think about social entrepreneurship but, the city flourishes with social entrepreneurs who are on a mission: build companies with a fast growing impact. This is where Impact Hub comes into play. Impact Hub is indeed the physical space where local innovators can work, meet, learn and grow.
Some key facts about Impact Hub
Started in 2008– 15,000 members worldwide – Certified B Corporation
Spread over an entire floor, the space is the creation of Herman Miller. It is a modular playground but not just any playground. To lead by example, Impact Hub New York has obtained the B Corporation certification. What does it mean? That they balance purpose and profit. They are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. Being B Corporation certified means you become part of a community of leaders, driving a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
Let’s get back to the playground. The space is divided into several areas that are all entirely changeable. For instance, the coworking space can easily transforms itself into an event venue. All the furniture are on wheels, meaning that if an external client rents half of the space for the day, Impact Hub can easily move things around to have the coworking area on the other side of the space.
There is also a community kitchen where members can meet, work and, obviously, eat and get coffee or tea.
A diverse community
What is also interesting about Impact Hub New York is that it’s not just about startups working towards social change. The community is also build around activists, creatives, entrepreneurs and bigger companies who have at heart to make a difference.
Through our conversation with Silvia, we understood how strong the brand is when it comes to talking social impact in New York. Having such a strong name means that there is a lot of content available every day. Either through events but also through the work done by the team and the members, there is no day like the other at Impact Hub New York.
If you are interested in the topic of Social Entrepreneurship and are in New York, go and visit them! They are located in one of the coolest place in the city, lower Manhattan!
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