A new wave of networks are disrupting systems and marketplaces by embracing the DIY, skill-sharing, and the maker-mentality. These groups encourage participants to seek something more than an end goal in their work by emphasizing passion, change-making, and access to information that results in unique solutions to the world's problems. These democratized networks allow people and companies to serve themselves and others faster through new communities and user experiences. How might we embolden our vision to align with similar methods of doing work for the greater good? What models can we imitate to create transparent and reliable relationships that will help us lay the ground work to establish a solid network?
Allied Media Conference
By Allied Media Projects
A collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies.
Held every summer in Detroit, the conference brings together a vibrant and diverse community of people using media to incite change: filmmakers, radio producers, technologists, youth organizers, writers, entrepreneurs, musicians, dancers, and artists. We define "media" as anything you use to communicate with the world. You are a media-maker!
The Allied Media Conference is a collaboratively designed event. Conference content is curated with care every year by 100+ volunteer coordinators of tracks, practice spaces, and network gatherings. The conference features over 300 hands-on workshops, panels, film screenings, Detroit tours, art and music events, strategy sessions, karaoke, bowling, collaborative art and more!
Explore the Future of Making
Co-work, art work, invention and entrepreneurship anytime or all the time in the ultimate place for innovation.
NextFab’s mission is to foster personal fulfillment, innovation, and economic development through providing broad-based awareness of, access to, competence with, and commerce enabled by Next-generation digital design and Fabrication technologies and services. NextFab is a collaborative workspace with digital and traditional fabrication tools, classes, events, and consulting services.
Empowering Humanity Through Robotics
We work so that robots evolve from improving manufacturing capability in industry to improving quality of life in individuals.
Kinova designs and manufactures robotics platforms and components that are simple, sexy and safe under two business units: Assistive Robotics empowers people with disabilities to push beyond their current boundaries and limitations while Service Robotics empowers people in industry to interact with their environment more efficiently and safely.
There's an active community developing and supporting dygraphs.
Master new skills in design, marketing, technology, and data —
online or at our campuses around the world.
At General Assembly, we are creating a global community of individuals empowered to pursue work they love, by offering full-time immersive programs, long-form courses, and classes and workshops on the most relevant skills of the 21st century – from web development and user experience design, to business fundamentals, to data science, to product management and digital marketing.
Established in early 2011 as an innovative community in New York City for entrepreneurs and startup companies, General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design at fifteen campuses across four continents.
InterAct Theater Company
Invest in Art That Makes You Think
InterAct’s aim is to educate and entertain its audiences by producing world-class, thought-provoking productions.
InterAct is a theatre for today's world,dedicated to commissioning, developing, and producing new and contemporary plays that explore the social, political, and cultural issues of our time. Through both its artistic and educational programs, InterAct utilizes theatre as a tool to promote civic discourse and stimulate dialogue around the most pressing and complex issues we face in contemporary society.
Using theatre as an educational tool, our InterAction Residencies & Workshops teach a multitude of life skills. InterAction helps participants build self-esteem and fosters the belief that they can be successful in their personal and professional lives.
Emerging Arts Professional's Network
Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA is a network focused on empowerment, leadership, and growth of next generation arts and culture workers in the San Francisco Bay Area through knowledge sharing, learning opportunities, and partnerships. By supporting today’s emerging models and mindsets, we hope to generate a path for individuals’ meaningful and sustainable work and to stimulate a vibrant, integrated, and evolving arts and culture sector.By establishing and nurturing an innovative, collaborative, and proactive network, as well as focusing on empowering individuals, EAP will ensure that culture workers have access to meaningful work, a supportive community, and an advocate for sustainable practices.
Over time, the arts sector itself will be transformed to become healthier, to better harness creativity, and to reflect the values that matter most to today’s emerging arts leaders: empowerment, relevancy, and diversity.
Post it Forward
lolzculturalequity serves as a multi-site hub that seeks to empower Bay Area artists, arts administrators, and cultural producers.
lolzculturalequity serves as a multi-site hub that seeks to empower Bay Area artists, arts administrators, and cultural producers. This hub serves as a destination for the creatives to anonymously share experiences regarding cultural equity-related challenges within the Bay Area arts community. This media platform allows the EAP Cultural Equity Research team the opportunity to serve our community as well as connect artists to organizational resources and individuals ready and willing to empower others. In addition to the online web format, the team has created a dedicated warmline Google voice number. The number enables our community to leave a message regarding personal incidents and experiences of cultural (in)equity, thus providing an outlet. If requested by the caller, one of the lolzculturalequity founders will connect the caller via email or by phone within 48 hours.
Come For Coworking, Stay For Community
Impact Hub Oakland is a member-based coworking space and event venue for entrepreneurs creating positive impact.
Our mission is to build an entrepreneurial community and coworking space to create solutions for a world that works for all. Impact Hubs are where change goes to work. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community center, we offer our members a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow impact. We believe a better world evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose. Joining our diverse community of members and collaborators will inspire, connect, and enable you to develop your best work every step of the way.
The Ruckus Society
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
The Ruckus Society provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals through the strategic use of creative, nonviolent direct action. Working with a broad range of communities, organizations, and movements – from high school students to professional organizations – Ruckus facilitates the sharing of information and expertise that strengthens the capacity to change our relationship with the environment and each other.
We believe building partnerships with organizers and communities to create spaces for participatory learning, networking, and resource sharing is the most powerful way we as individuals can contribute to actualizing positive social change.