Just Google “co-working” and you’ll find that Boston is full of outside of the box, remote work spaces for start-ups, expanding corporations and entrepreneurs. They all have desks, security and amenities but it’s only at Impact Hub where you’ll encounter co-working magic through its hosting program. Hosts are members who help to enhance membership engagement and aid in the fight to foster social impact.  From onboarding new members to moderating themed events like Taco Tuesday, Hubber Hosts create that “where everyone knows your name” atmosphere for members, their clients and even CICers who come to the 15th floor craving Impact Hub’s unique brand of community.  

And if you come to the Hub on a Friday afternoon, be prepared to be lured by the amazing smell of popcorn, salted and buttered to perfection by Charles Terrill on the fastest popcorn machine in the world.  A machine he invented.  An Impact Hub host for nearly two years, Charles was originally a member of CIC Cambridge but was drawn to Impact Hub because social impact is the fuel Charles runs on. He is determined to save humanity from itself through his inventions. But Charles is no mad scientist hibernating in a basement filled with emitting fumes. He thrives on a passionate purpose to fight for humanity and preserve our happiness with his ideas to improve healthcare, ensure basic needs, end human addictions and foster energy sustainability, for one of which he was recently awarded funding. Being a host allows Charles to cut down on overhead costs, but the greatest boon for him is the opportunity to meet and collaborate with like minds. Impact Hub’s grassroots commitment to and in the social impact world community packs a powerful punch for Charles’ visiting clients and investors who are able to witness an environment that is aligned with his mission and cause. It also allows his branding outreach to be organic and authentic to the world of inventors, investors and future clients.

So how does popcorn fit into Charles’ menagerie of inventions to better humanity?  Frustrated by the inadequate technology of movie popcorn machines, Charles decided to build a better machine and began selling his popcorn in Boston’s subway stations and in the middle of Downtown Crossing between Filene’s and Jordan Marsh.  His invention and popped kernels were such a hit that in 1986, his popcorn was awarded the “Best T Food”. He was even honored with a letter of appreciation from the Catholic Church for feeding the patrons of St. Francis House with 60 servings of popcorn a day. 

To date, Charles has popped over one million bags of popcorn. His machine prototype rests proudly on the counter top in the Hub kitchen where he loves to make popcorn for Impact Hub members who faithfully crowd in to snag a bowl for their afternoon fix or make their requests for a take home bag. Charles aims to raise money to build a bigger and more efficient popcorn machine that could possibly revolutionize the movie-popcorn experience.  With Charles’ secret butter and salt recipe and his knack for popping kernels to perfection, all that’s missing from making every member’s Friday afternoon is the thriller flick to go with it.