Brainstorm Sessions: Client Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for a Brainstorm Session with HBS Community partners, your organization should:

  • be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission which benefits the community generally;
  • be in operations for over a year;
  • should be a non-religious or political organization.

Process

1–Inquiry and Application — Clients who are interested in applying for an HBS Community Partners brainstorming session should download an application and send it to Elaine MacDonald, Community Partners Executive Director at elaine@hbscp.org.  We will promptly contact you to have an initial conversation to explore the project’s fit for a brainstorming session.

Brainstorming Session Timelines:

Application Deadline Session Dates
Oct 1st Nov/Dec
Mar 1st Apr/May
May 1st Jun/Jul

 

2—Set Dates and Location – After the application has been approved, we will confirm a date and location with the organization.  Brainstorming sessions take place during lunchtime (11:30am-1:30pm) or after work (6:00-8:00pm) and usually take place at a location that is convenient for participants to access from work.

3—Meeting Requirements – 

  • The organization will provide some brief background materials at least 2 weeks in advance to help prepare the participants to engage in a discussion focused on the brainstorming topic.
  • The organization will also provide a simple meal (lunch or dinner) for the participants.
  • The organization will provide a meeting space at a convenient location.

4—Meeting Structure – The meeting will be co-facilitated by HBS Community Partners and the Client in the following format: 

  • Introduction – 15 minutes (bios will be distributed in advance)
  • Brief Overview of the Organization by Client – 15 minutes
  • Open Discussion/Brainstorming – 90 minutes

Please select Non-Profit Inquiry below if you are a non-profit interested in applying for a brainstorming session.  Select Volunteer Now if you are interested in volunteering for a session.

To download a brainstorming application click here.

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