In order to qualify for a Brainstorm Session with HBS Community partners, your organization should:
- be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission which benefits the community generally;
- be in operations for over a year;
- should be a non-religious or political organization.
1–Inquiry and Application — Clients who are interested in applying for an HBS Community Partners brainstorming session should submit an application to Amy Peterson, Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will promptly contact you to have an initial conversation to explore the project’s fit for a brainstorming session.
Brainstorming Session Timelines:
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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 breakfast (8:00-10:00am) 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
To download a brainstorming application click here.