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20 May 2018

Constant Gardeners: how Impact Hub’s Host Team cultivates community

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What Is An Impact Hub Host?

By Merilee Jones, Impact Hub Seattle’s Operations Manager

When I first stepped into my role as Operations Manager, my first task was to take the reins of the Host Program and get a new cohort off the ground. I felt ridiculous trying to ‘teach’ our newest hosts how to host seeing as I barely knew anything myself! With the grace and guidance of colleagues, veteran hosts, and members we made it through that phase together.

In getting to know the program and listening to hosts’ needs, I heard two common themes:


  1. figure out how to work better together as a team, and…
  2. have a greater impact on the Impact Hub community.

Those two threads can be followed through to today, in that our Host Program structure is based around input from the hosts themselves and what they have built to creatively and effectively solve problems. They are an incredibly emotionally intelligent, caring and competent group and they are always asking how they as a team can be of greater value to Impact Hub.

Something that is really special about the host program is the virtuous cycle of it. Hosts help support Impact Hub as a catalyst, an incubator, a haven, a campus, an inspiration. Hosts can leverage those opportunities and tools in exchange for their time and expertise. A virtuous cycle!

Over the past year we have seen Hosts make the most of their community participation to launch businesses, win awards, create programs and reach life milestones as well as make tangible impacts on the Impact Hub community. Some of those impacts are:

  • Offering programs related to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Presenting Lunch + Learns
  • Organizing our coffee program
  • Using the Host Program as a platform for giving back to our community
  • Greeting and providing concierge services to all who enter our doors
  • Building a bridge of communication between staff and members
  • Identifying and creating procedures that help the daily operations run smoothly for all members
  • Making connections that bring countless new faces into our community
  • Coming up with the concept of ‘Hubos,’ our community version of a ‘Kudos,’ that we use to call out appreciation and give gratitude to one another

In so many ways Hosts are the constant gardeners of Impact Hub. Their consistent, joyful dedication to keeping the day to day growing and thriving is a ballast of our community.

Some hosts may laugh at my flowery language (and bad, bad puns :c), but we really couldn’t be the community we are without them. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with all our hosts and really can’t thank them enough for all they do.

Hubos to all our hosts, past and present, who keep this amazing space and community in motion every day!

Learn more about the Host Program and apply to join the team by visiting this link.

31 Aug 2017

“The One That’s Like a Social Justice League”

When Impact Hub Seattle first opened the doors to our proto-space – a single large room on the 4th floor of another historic Pioneer Square building, we were one of the only coworking spaces in town. Now, with a growing population of freelancers, entrepreneurs and startups – it is expected that nearly 14,000 spaces will be up in running by the end of 2018. With this in mind, The Stranger‘s (Seattle’s alternative weekly newspaper) staff writer Amber Cortes went out to visit five of the larger coworking spaces in the city – The Riveter, WeWork, Makers, Office Nomads – and Impact Hub. Here’s what she had to say – click here for the full article.

Source: The Stranger

While we’re sorry we didn’t offer a dish-free environment on the day of Amber’s visit, we appreciate the nod to some of the things that make Impact Hub unique: our commitment to serving fair trade, organic coffee from Equal Exchange in all the kitchens, the opportunity to visit other Impact Hubs across the globe, and the unique companies and organizations who have made Impact Hub the home for their business.

Whether you call it social impact or social justice, there is something for everyone at Impact Hub. Your first visit is free – come by and check us out!