Open Project Night is an event organized by Impact Hub Boston where we open our space to host small events, co-work, network, trade skills, and get involved with
projects that change Boston for the better. We meet on every first Monday night of every month.
In the last edition for December the theme was “This is what democracy looks like.” We had different kinds of conversations on how we engage positively & politically in our new post-election reality. Here are the topics covered, some resources and pictures for those that couldn’t attend. If you have an idea for a Open Project Night theme, please be in touch with our staff team!
What kind of projects did we talk about?
- An in-person meetup of Pantsuit Nation Massachusetts.
- Taking local refugee support actions with the Cambridge Support for Syrian Refugees group (They have an open facebook group.).
- A group discussion on strengthening civic engagement in Boston neighborhoods through citizen journalism with Impact Hub members Juan Perfetti from Comunicas, and Zsuzsi Gedeon.
- Talk about meditation with Impact Hub member Dhanashree Ramachandran.
- Information about giving back in your local communities by becoming a Big Sister mentor with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
- Briony Swire-Thompson, a PhD candidate from the University of Western Australia’s Cognitive Psychology Laboratories and visiting researcher at MIT talked about her research ‘Processing Political Misinformation–comprehending the Trump phenomenon.’ Her research investigates why people continue to believe in inaccurate information and how to design corrections to maximize impact.
- Talk about ranked-choice voting lead by Adam Friedman, a lead advocate of this initiative in MA since 2010. Learn more about it here: http://voterchoicema.org.
- Conversation about activist communication technology.
- Conversation about indigenous and spiritual activism with Impact Hub member Monique Alvarado.