Easthampton Co.Lab began the Teaching without Tenure program in January of 2015. We offer affordable space to our members and the community Monday to Thursday, 6:00–9:00 PM.

Teaching without Tenure is a program for people to share information, skills, and expertise with the community. Easthampton Co.Lab cannot offer compensation, and our aim is to keep space and workshops affordable to the public. If you need compensation for your time, please visit our space rental page (that way you can choose how much to charge participants). 

Please pitch your idea here! Unless otherwise noted, all workshops take place at Easthampton Co.Lab (Eastworks, Suite 301). All sessions are pay-what-you-will starting at $10, payable at the door. We also accept an alternative payment of $5 + cans of food (minimum 5) to donate to the Easthampton Community Center.

Visit our Google Calendar to see a full calendar of events.

UPCOMING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Game
Night!

w/ Peggy & Friends

Saturday, 27 August 2016
6:00-10:00pm

Game night! Join us for a night of games at the Co.Lab. Co.Lab only has a few games, so please bring board games you love or just show up and see what others have on hand.

Super fun!

Donation of $3–please bring cash!

No alcohol permitted.

Crowdfunding
Meetup

w/ Peggy

Monday, September 19, 2016
6:30-8:30pm

Come get best practices and tips to help you plan and launch a successfully funded campaign! The landscape has become more competitive than ever and a little prep and understanding can go a long way.

Since a solid campaign can take 3 months or longer to prep, come monthly and get useful advice every step of your planning process. The pitch video, the messaging, target goal, reward/perk tiers, launch plans, campaign PR—the critical components to every campaign—bring your questions and your ideas (or send them to the host organizer to ready for the meeting) for a reality check and receive feedback on your campaign and launch plans.

Be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. Even with different types of campaigns, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.

Crowdfunding
Meetup

w/ Peggy

Monday, October 10, 2016
6:30-8:30pm

Come get best practices and tips to help you plan and launch a successfully funded campaign! The landscape has become more competitive than ever and a little prep and understanding can go a long way.

Since a solid campaign can take 3 months or longer to prep, come monthly and get useful advice every step of your planning process. The pitch video, the messaging, target goal, reward/perk tiers, launch plans, campaign PR—the critical components to every campaign—bring your questions and your ideas (or send them to the host organizer to ready for the meeting) for a reality check and receive feedback on your campaign and launch plans.

Be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. Even with different types of campaigns, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.

Live Squarespace Build
Session 1!

w/ Tessa Magnuson

Wednesday, 12 October 2016
6:00-9:00pm

Sponsored by Common Capital.

How many times have you thought, “Man, I need a website,” or “Ugh, I really need to update my website.” Probably more than you’d like. Whether you have no website, or you have one that your nephew built for you in ‘98, this series is for you.

This is an opportunity to actually build your website in two consecutive evenings using a simple, powerful platform—Squarespace—with super savvy website designer Tessa Magnuson leading the way. Participants will need to complete basic content collection (copy for each page, images, photos, etc) prior to the session, so advanced registration is required and space is limited. Participants can expect to leave with a fully (or mostly) finished website (depending on level of complexity). Participants must be available both sessions to make best use of this unique opportunity.

Advanced registration required!

Live Squarespace Build
Session 2!

w/ Tessa Magnuson

Thursday, 13 October 2016
6:00-9:00pm

How many times have you thought, “Man, I need a website,” or “Ugh, I really need to update my website.” Probably more than you’d like. Whether you have no website, or you have one that your nephew built for you in ‘98, this series is for you.

This is an opportunity to actually build your website in two consecutive evenings using a simple, powerful platform—Squarespace—with super savvy website designer Tessa Magnuson leading the way. Participants will need to complete basic content collection (copy for each page, images, photos, etc) prior to the session, so advanced registration is required and space is limited. Participants can expect to leave with a fully (or mostly) finished website (depending on level of complexity). Participants must be available both sessions to make best use of this unique opportunity.

Advanced registration required!

Funtimes Facilitation
Meetup

w/ Sita & Friends

Wednesday, 1 February 2017
7:00-9:00pm

Are you a facilitator? Do you lead groups or help shape important conversations? Come geek out with other like-minded organizers and exchange frameworks, models, processes, technologies, exercises, and other new-to-you tricks you can build into your repertoire.

Meet others from around the Valley to explore the leading edges of our practices. All levels of experience (even none) are welcome. Participants can expect to leave with new practical tools for enhancing their practice.

 

I Use the Best Words:
Content & Copy for Marketing

w/ MJ & Seth

Coming in Fall 2017

Part 1 of our three-part series on Identity Building and Outreach for Weirdos. Sponsored by Common Capital.

Are you a small business owner and/or creative artist looking for help with Identity Building (aka branding) and Outreach (aka marketing)? We’re on the same page.

Working theory: “Copy is king.” What you have to say and how you say it determines the success (or failure) of your business. How do you communicate using concise, effective language, while staying genuine and honest? Who are you talking to? More importantly, what do they want to hear? Why should a copy editor look over your content before it goes out into the world?

Join Co.Lab co-founders Sita, Seth and María José to explore what makes great copy and what doesn’t, and aspects that are often neglected, to the potential detriment of your business. Learn how to effectively communicate what matters most, attract attention, and gain new clients/patrons/fans. We’ll run through activities to help you focus your messaging, and provide you with tools, tips and tricks for attracting attention with integrity.

Made You Look!
Visual Identity Building

w/ Seth & Sita

Coming in Fall 2017

Part 2 of our three-part series on Identity Building and Outreach for Weirdos. Sponsored by Common Capital. 

Are you a small business owner and/or creative artist looking for some help with Identity Building (aka branding) and Outreach (aka marketing)? Join us for this fundamental workshop on creating stunning visuals.

In the last 15 years, the rise of social media has caused a schism in how to keep people’s attention. The popularity of apps like Instagram and the integration of visual graphics on Twitter and Facebook are based on the brain’s processing power of visual elements. From font choices to stand-alone photos, how you present yourself visually can be the key to keep people’s attention, or what cause them to quickly click away.

Join Seth and Sita to explore the fundamentals of how to use genuine, honest approaches. Learn how to use branding and marketing to effectively communicate what matters most, attract attention, and gain new clients/patrons/fans. We’ll run through activities to help you focus your messaging, and provide you with tools, tips and tricks for attracting attention with integrity.

Choose Your Own Adventure:
Marketing (Where & Why)

w/ Seth

Coming in Fall 2017

Part 3 of our three-part series on Identity Building and Outreach for Weirdos. Sponsored by Common Capital. 

Are you a small business owner and/or creative artist looking for help with Identity Building (aka branding) and Outreach (aka marketing)? It’s imperative to understand where to focus your attention and why.

In this fundamental workshop, we will create a detailed map of where your people hang out online and offline. We will create a profile of the ideal patron to understand their motivations, inspirations, and  suspicions. We’ll dig into the factors that make them either care with passion or plead indifference.

Join Seth and Sita to explore the fundamentals of how to use genuine, honest approaches. Learn how to use branding and marketing to effectively communicate what matters most, attract attention, and gain new clients/patrons/fans. We’ll run through activities that will help you focus your messaging, and provide you with tools, tips and tricks for attracting attention with integrity.

PAST EVENTS

Let’s Get Physical!
Constructing Creative Spaces

w/ Sita

Wednesday, 30 November 2016
7:00-9:00pm

Physical space matters more than we think. The spaces we occupy—and the seemingly inanimate things in them—directly influence our mood, thoughts, levels of empathy, the quality of our engagement with others, our ability to retain information, and our tendency toward action. Why is it then, that when we come together to accomplish something (otherwise known as a meeting), we often don’t consider or design the meeting space itself? Or, if we do, we tend to default to an idea of what a meeting space should look like—stale hotel conference rooms, anyone?

Whether you’re dealing with  international forums, ongoing weekly team meetings, or small community gatherings, come to this session to learn about simple, inexpensive practices you can implement to transform the places where you meet in service of greater outcomes and general goodwill. Participants can expect to leave with tips and tricks for creating practical and productive meeting spaces.

 

Models for Collaborative
Meeting Design

w/ Sita

Wednesday, 26 October 2016
7:00-9:00pm

Do you need to design meetings that don’t suck and that people actually look forward to attending? Join this session to learn about the foundational groundwork that can help structure your thinking about proactive and productive meetings.

If you nerd out when you hear terms like “iteration” and “requisite variety,” or you  just want to inject smart and savvy tools into your meeting design toolkit, this session is for you. Participants can expect to leave with a series of useful, immediately applicable models and frameworks to achieve successful meetings.

Game Night!

w/ Peggy & Friends

Saturday, 16 July 2016 | 5:00-9:00pm

Game night returns! Join us for a night of games at the Co.Lab. Co.Lab only has a few games, so please bring board games you love or just show up and see what others have on hand.

Super fun!

Donation of $3–please bring cash!

No alcohol permitted.

Anxiety-free Fundraising
for Creatives

w/ Alyssa Wright of Raising Change

Friday, 1 April 2016 | 9:00 am – noon

How to take the fear out of fundraising to create lasting creative and social change.

Consider fundraising one of your favorite things to do? Do you love asking people for money? Are you excited to start seeking resources for your work this year? If you answered NO to all three of these questions, then this workshop is for you!

It’s time to shift your thinking about fundraising face to face. Learn valuable skills to fund and fuel your projects and/or organization as you set up for success in 2016. Join local philanthropic advisor, fundraiser and activist Alyssa Wright of Raising Change, as she takes you from frustration, exhaustion and anxiety to fearlessness, joy and best of all, fully resourced work.

This is different than crowdfunding. Knowing how and when to ask is just as important as knowing why you are asking in the first place. Facebook page is here. 

SPACE is LIMITED. $25
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/8419
Use the discount code MONEYMONEY when checking out and get 25% off the ticket price. Only 5 discount slots available!

Common Capital
Workshop Series: Branding…

w/ Sita & Seth

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 | 7-9pm

Our fourth workshop in our Common Capital Workshop Series is geared towards small businesses and artists in the Pioneer Valley.
 
Are you a small business owner and/or creative artist looking to get some help with your Identity Building (aka branding) and Outreach (aka marketing)?
 
Join Seth and Sita to explore the fundamentals of how to use approaches that are genuine and honest. Learn how to use branding and marketing to effectively communicate what matters most, attract attention and gain new clients/ patrons. We’ll run through some activities that will help you focus your messaging, and provide you with tools, tips and tricks for attracting the attention you deserve!
Facebook event page is here.

Tax Party
@ the Co.Lab

w/ Jen Turner

Monday, 21 March 2016 | 7-9pm

Want to get a head start on your taxes? Bring all the tedious stuff you need to make some headway, and commiserate with others as you get all your documents in order. Jen Turner will be on hand to help advise if you have any questions RE best practices in getting ready for tax time!

RSVP on our Facebook event page please!

Crowdfunding
for Creatives

w/ Seth Lepore

Thursday, 3 March 2016 | 6:30-9:00pm

How to make your campaign functional, efficient, and streamlined!

In this 2.5 hour workshop we’ll go over the ins and outs of effective online fundraising campaigns. The first hour and a half is a crash course in fundamentals. The next hour is hands on crafting of your messaging, content and perk descriptions.

Asking for money to fund your project doesn’t have to be anxiety inducing. Getting strategic and understanding your donors is key. Facebook event page is here.

Common Capital
Workshop Series: Websites!

w/ Tessa Magnuson – Align Graphic Design

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | 7-9pm

Join us for a workshop on  Squarespace design and development for small business – our third workshop in our Common Capital Workshop Series, geared at small business in the Valley.

Interested in setting up a website or content management system (CMS) for your business but don’t know where to start? This workshop is a primer on web design and development using Squarespace. We’ll go over all the basics, from platform choice to domain registration, template design and web strategy, plugins, social media and more. If you know you need a web presence, don’t have one (or don’t have a good one), and want to make some headway, this class is for you!

Tessa Magnuson is the founder of Align Graphic Design, a design firm based near Concord, NH. She has over 10 years experience working in the design field, and is a whiz at marrying design and function.

Polyamory

& Open Relationships

w/ Yana Tallon-Hicks

Thursday, 18 February 2016 | 6-8pm

Despite its most prevalent stereotype, non-monogamy is not all sex, sex, sex, but is actually mostly talk, talk, talk. Unlike monogamy, open relationships rarely come with a list of pre-determined rules, so we need to make our own. But how?

This workshop offers a guide through this very terrain, introducing participants to the many different forms of non-monogamy (polyamory, open relationships, monogamish relationships, polyfidelity, clopen relationships, etc) and helping participants create their own map through the rocky landscape that is designing a sustainable, non-monogamous relationship tailored to fit all partners involved.

Buy tickets here. Limited seating. See Facebook event for further details.

Common Capital
Workshop Series: Budgeting

w/ Jen Turner

Thursday, 28 January 2016 | 7-9pm

Join us for a workshop on budgeting for small business – our second workshop in our Common Capital Workshop Series, geared at small business in the Valley.

Financials are the most vital, yet daunting task for businesses and individuals. Don’t let them intimidate you! Making sure you understand the framework of your spending can help with all decisions, from pricing to reducing waste.

Join Jen Turner, MBA to learn about the basics of budgeting and its importance. She will share the tips and knowledge acquired over 17 years working with budgets, creating projections and assisting small business and individuals with their financial information.  Together, we will craft your one-page financial plan and give you the tools necessary to draft a customized budget that will work for you and everyone in your organization.

It is not necessary to bring your personal or business information, however if you have specific questions to ask, please feel free! All other materials will be provided.

Common Capital
Workshop Series: Meeting Design

w/ Sita

Wednesday, 20 January 2016 | 7-9pm

Join us for a workshop on meeting design – our first workshop in our Common Capital Workshop Series, geared at small business in the Valley.

Do you have to run or facilitate meetings (internally and/or externally)? Chances are you do – and chances are you hate doing it. Join Sita Magnuson of dpict and The Value Web  to learn about some ways to re-imagine your meetings. Make them more engaging, more productive and more fun!

Sita has 15 years experience in the field of process design and facilitation, and can share with you some very simple, free and/or cheap ways to transform your meetings. Make the most of everyone’s time and get more done! Participants will leave with practical tools and ideas and a list of valuable resources.

Crowdfunding Meetup – Get Ready for 2016!

w/ Peggy

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 | 6:30-8:30pm

Planning an Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign in 2016? Come get best practices and tips to help you plan and launch a successfully funded campaign! The landscape has become more competitive than ever and a little prep and understanding can go a long way.

 The pitch video, the messaging, target goal, reward/perk tiers, launch plans, campaign PR—the critical components to every campaign—bring your questions and your ideas (or send them to the host organizer to ready for the meeting) for a reality check and receive feedback on your campaign and launch plans.

Be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. Even with different types of campaigns, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

RSVP: The meetup will be limited to 14 attendees with advanced registration required at the Meetup event.
We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.

Scribing 101
Intro to Graphic Facilitation

w/ Sita Magnuson of dpict.info

Wednesday, 11 November 2015 | 7-9pm

This introductory class will help frame the practice of graphic facilitation and provide some basic approaches and tools for individuals who are interested in applying the core principles of graphic facilitation to their every day work. Participants can expect to walk away with a framework for understanding the practice (from Kelvy Bird), basic tips for lettering, people, expressions and layout, and a list of useful resources.

Useful for educators, facilitators, students, or anyone who has to be in meetings, ever! Learn how to harness the pen towards collective understanding and engagement. Class size is is limited to allow for more personalized learning, so sign up early! (Note – advanced registration is required – click here to sign up for this class.)

Sita Magnuson is a graphic facilitator and process designer who has been working in the field of collaborative design and facilitation for the past 14 years. She is the co-founder of dpict, and vice president of The Value Web.

Idea Party
@ the Co.Lab

w/ Emily Savin

Tuesday, 28 October 2015 | 7-9pm

“Isolation is a dream killer.” –Barbara Sher

An Idea Party is a fast-paced, fun, in-person crowd sourcing event where people help each other solve problems and realize dreams. It works like this: “You want to become a museum curator? My brother-in-law does that. I’ll get you his number.” Or, “Your organization needs help tracking volunteers? I’ll send you a link to the software we use.”

Bring with you one wish and one obstacle, and we’ll harness the power of the group for a rapid-fire brainstorm.

The Idea Party was invented by Barbara Sher, author of “Wishcraft” and many more books about finding ways to do stuff you want to do.

Facebook event page here.

What is Emotive Agility®?
@ the Co.Lab

w/ Berit Elizabeth Nowicki

Thursday, 22 October 2015 | 6:30pm

Our body language shapes who we are, not only during interactions with others, but through its influence over our own feelings. Emotive Agility is the power we all have to leverage this underrated fact. Developing Emotive Agility can increase confidence during stressful situations, make social situations less awkward, and most importantly, lead to meaningful connections with others.

Emotive Agility training is great for professionals looking to increase their presentation skills or who experience burnout working with clients. This training will also benefit anyone who dreads first dates, despises networking events, or who would identify as “not a people-person.” In this workshop, you will learn about the concept of Emotive Agility and walk away with a few how-to exercises.

Berit integrates her experience working with theater directors worldwide, her extensive research on emotional intelligence, and her work in the fitness industry to develop dynamic training programs and workshops. She has degrees in Psychology and Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and NYU, where she originated Emotive Agility®.

Creative writing
for people like you!

w/ Emily Savin

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 | 7-9pm

This writing workshop, led by Emily Savin in the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) Method, is open to anxious writers, joyful writers, and writers at all levels of experience and confidence (even no confidence– this is a good place to find it). We will write together using an exploratory, creative approach that encourages experimentation and the development of craft in a supportive, constructive environment. No one will be required to share their work, though everyone will be encouraged to. Please bring something to write with and paper or a notebook to write on. (Electronic devices such as laptops are permitted only if required due to impairment.)

Facebook event page here.

Idea Party
@ the Co.Lab

w/ Emily Savin

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 | 7-9pm

“Isolation is a dream killer.” –Barbara Sher

An Idea Party is a fast-paced, fun, in-person crowd sourcing event where people help each other solve problems and realize dreams. It works like this: “You want to become a museum curator? My brother-in-law does that. I’ll get you his number.” Or, “Your organization needs help tracking volunteers? I’ll send you a link to the software we use.”

Bring with you one wish and one obstacle, and we’ll harness the power of the group for a rapid-fire brainstorm.

The Idea Party was invented by Barbara Sher, author of “Wishcraft” and many more books about finding ways to do stuff you want to do.

Facebook event page here.

Crowdfunding:
Launching a Campaign this Fall? Discuss & Feedback!

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Crowdworks

Monday, 21 September 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm

Pioneer Valley Crowdworks will dive deeper into creating two key aspects of your crowdfunding campaign: reward tiers and stretch goals.

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Pioneer-Valley-Crowdworks/events/224038900/

If you’re launching a crowdfunding campaign this fall, now’s the time to get feedback on your campaign. The pitch video, the messaging, target goal, reward/perk tiers, launch plans, campaign PR—the critical components to every campaign—bring your questions and your ideas (or send them to the host organizer to ready for the meeting) for a reality check and receive feedback on your campaign and launch plans.
Be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. Even with different types of campaigns, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.
The meetup will be limited to 14 attendees with advanced registration required via the Meetup site (bit.ly/1KADxna).
We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.

 

Work Party
Get your s**t done!

w/ the Co.Lab

Thursday, 10 September 2015 | 7-9pm

You’re too busy not to come. Bring in some loathsome task you’ve been avoiding– tax returns, health insurance paperwork, job applications, bills, research, etc.– and we’ll all suffer together. Festively. Check in at the beginning and declare a goal if you like. We’ll take a short break together halfway through, then celebrate our accomplishments at the end. Light snacks will be available. If you’re bringing your dinner with you, please bring something tidy like a sandwich.

Donations are appreciated and go towards future Easthampton Co.Lab classes, workshops, events as well as operational costs.

Work Party is inspired by the SF Work Club hosted by Heads Will Roll Studios. “Get your s**t done” tagline stolen with permission.

Facebook event page here.

Creating a
Mindset for Success

w/ Angela Lussier + Jamie Cocco

Wednesday, 2 September 2015 | 6:30-9pm

Join Angela Lussier and Jamie Coco for an engaging live entrepreneurial talk that will help you create a mindset for success.

Registration:
This workshop is hosted by Easthampton coworking space co.lab and the Do+Make Business District. This event is free for all Pioneer Valley coworking space members and Do+Make members, and $10 for non-members. To register, contact Angela Lussier at info@domakebusiness.com. Seats are limited to 15. Register today to reserve your spot!

Details:
If you’re a business owner, being a success in your endeavor is likely on your mind each day. But what does it mean to have a “success mindset” while working toward your goals? How is it accomplished, and how does it help us? In this interactive workshop, Jamie Cocco, Success & Life Coach and the owner of Cocco Consulting, will take participants through a three-part journey into the success mindset and why it is important if you have a big vision ahead of you. He will:

• help you discover your own talents through a simple exercise
• teach how to ask better quality questions to get better results
• show how to create the type of focus that leads to success

 

Bernie Sanders
Organizing Meeting

Hosted by the Co.Lab

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 | 7-9pm

We’ll be meeting to see how the Pioneer Valley can Feel the Bern!

RSVP here: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/wsb

We are at a moment of truth. We need to face up to the reality of where we are as a nation, and we need a mass movement of people to fight for change.

The first part of the meeting will be for Bernie supporters to meet each other and share their stories about why they support Bernie. The second part will be a live online broadcast featuring Bernie and campaign staff discussing concrete steps we can all take together, right then, to build our movement.

RSVP here: https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/wsb

Collaborative Mapping
& Modeling – Session 2

w/ Benjamin Brownell of Metamaps

Thursday, 23 July | 6:30-9:00pm

Interested in learning more about Metamaps, seeing how they are being used in experimental contexts, and boosting your capabilities for mapping and modeling meaningfully with your peers? During this intro session we’ll familiarize with the basic concepts, the platform interface, and some example cases put into practice. Then, we’ll open things up so that everyone can take an active role in a collaborative mapping and systems thinking exercise to see what’s possible when a group of people spark their imaginations together onto the canvas to create a map or set of maps that helps ‘make sense’ of a complex issue, project, or plan. No technical or artistic abilities required! In fact, working with Metamaps will encourage you to try out or invent new ways of thinking and communicating about ideas by placing them in semantic and geometric relationship to a unique contextual field created by you or drawn from the insights of your collaborators. Come have fun connecting the dots and see where it could lead!

Register here. Note, space is limited to 15 people per session.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you.

If you plan on coming, please sign up for a free Metamaps account here.

Collaborative Mapping
& Modeling – Session 1

w/ Benjamin Brownell of Metamaps

Wednesday, 22 July | 6:30-9:00pm

Interested in learning more about Metamaps, seeing how they are being used in experimental contexts, and boosting your capabilities for mapping and modeling meaningfully with your peers? During this intro session we’ll familiarize with the basic concepts, the platform interface, and some example cases put into practice. Then, we’ll open things up so that everyone can take an active role in a collaborative mapping and systems thinking exercise to see what’s possible when a group of people spark their imaginations together onto the canvas to create a map or set of maps that helps ‘make sense’ of a complex issue, project, or plan. No technical or artistic abilities required! In fact, working with Metamaps will encourage you to try out or invent new ways of thinking and communicating about ideas by placing them in semantic and geometric relationship to a unique contextual field created by you or drawn from the insights of your collaborators. Come have fun connecting the dots and see where it could lead!

Register here. Note, space is limited to 15 people per session.

If you have a laptop, please bring it with you.

If you plan on coming, please sign up for a free Metamaps account here.

Game night @ the Co.Lab
Come and play!

w/ the Co.Lab

Tuesday, 14 July | 6:30-9:30pm

Back by popular demand! Join us for a night of games at the Co.Lab. Bring board games you love or just show up and see what others have on hand.

See the Facebook event page here.

Super fun!

Crowdfunding Basics:
Reward Tiers/ Stretch Goals

Hosted by Pioneer Valley Crowdworks

Monday, 11 July 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm

Pioneer Valley Crowdworks will dive deeper into creating two key aspects of your crowdfunding campaign: reward tiers and stretch goals.

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Pioneer-Valley-Crowdworks/events/224038900/

How do you price your tiers? What do you offer as incentives to back your project? Once your project reaches its goal, how do you set and use stretch goals effectively to continue raising additional funds? This is your chance to actively participate and discuss these aspects as applicable to your specific campaign.

Bring your ideas and be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. While the focus will be on reward tiers and stretch goals, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

The meetup will be limited to 14 attendees with advanced registration required via Meetup.

RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Pioneer-Valley-Crowdworks/events/224038900/

-DELA-
Don’t Eat Lunch Alone!

w/ InCommn

Wednesday, 17 June | 12-1pm

The Co.Lab has teamed up with InCommn to host their “Don’t Eat Lunch Alone” (“DELA”) event on the third Wednesday of every month. Business, professional, civic, arts, and others meet for lunch, informal networking/socializing. This is a great way to connect with other interesting people, and learn about exciting things that are going on in the Valley.

The mission

 of DELA is to provide a free, open networking group for business, professional and civic leaders (and anyone else!). We help people to meet and exchange ideas and experiences in an informal, free setting.

Note – please bring your own lunch – lunch is not provided, though we have a microwave, toaster and toaster oven that you are welcome to use. 

Game night @ the Co.Lab
Come and play!

w/ the Co.Lab

Tuesday, 16 June | 6:30-9:30pm

Join us for a night of games at the Co.Lab. Bring board games you love or just show up and see what others have on hand.

See the Facebook event page here.

Super fun!

Crowdfunding basics:
Budget/goal & pitch video

w/ Pioneer Valley Crowdworks

Thursday, 11 June | 6:30-8:30pm

Pioneer Valley Crowdworks will dive deeper into creating two key aspects of your crowdfunding campaign: a campaign budget/crowdfunding goal and the pitch video. This is your chance to actively participate and discuss these aspects as applicable to your specific campaign—how successful examples put together their campaign budget, target goal, and pitch video.

Send examples of good and bad pitch videos or your own video, even as a work in progress, for feedback!

Bring your ideas and be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign, no matter what stage it’s in. While the focus will be on two key aspects to creating a crowdfunding campaign, much of the discussion will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

The meetup will be limited to 14 attendees with advanced registration required via the Meetup site.

We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.

Scribing 101
Intro to Graphic Facilitation

w/ Sita Magnuson of dpict.info

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 7-9pm

This introductory class will help frame the practice of graphic facilitation and provide some basic approaches and tools for individuals who are interested in applying the core principles of graphic facilitation to their every day work. Participants can expect to walk away with a framework for understanding the practice (from Kelvy Bird), basic tips for lettering, people, expressions and layout, and a list of useful resources.

Useful for educators, facilitators, students, or anyone who has to be in meetings, ever! Learn how to harness the pen towards collective understanding and engagement. Class size is is limited to allow for more personalized learning, so sign up early! (Note – advanced registration is required – click here to sign up for this class.)

Sita Magnuson is a graphic facilitator and process designer who has been working in the field of collaborative design and facilitation for the past 14 years. She is the co-founder of dpict, and vice president of The Value Web.

-DELA-
Don’t Eat Lunch Alone!

w/ InCommn

Wednesday, 20 May | 12-1pm

The Co.Lab has teamed up with InCommn to host their “Don’t Eat Lunch Alone” (“DELA”) event on the third Wednesday of every month. Business, professional, civic, arts, and others meet for lunch, informal networking/socializing. This is a great way to connect with other interesting people, and learn about exciting things that are going on in the Valley.

The mission

 of DELA is to provide a free, open networking group for business, professional and civic leaders (and anyone else!). We help people to meet and exchange ideas and experiences in an informal, free setting.

Note – please bring your own lunch – lunch is not provided, though we have a microwave, toaster and toaster oven that you are welcome to use. 

Film Screening & Panel Discussion:
Own the Change

w/ T.E.S.A

Wednesday, 20 May | 7-9:30pm

Come learn how to start a worker co-op and find out how to make our communities more co-op friendly! We’re screening Own the Change, a documentary from GRITtv and the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA). The film offers success stories, challenges, and ways to strengthen the movement, especially at the municipal level.

Andrew Stachiw (TESA worker-owner and one of our Board members) will be on hand to lead an informal panel discussion and Q&A after the screening.

Registration is required as seating is limited. Facebook event details hereRegister here!

Tell Your Story,
Change the World

w/ Kristen Winstead & Chris Landry

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 7-9pm

A Branding and Messaging Workshop for Small Business Owners and Creative Entrepreneurs 

Creating a strong brand is one of the most important pieces in growing a business. A good brand reflects your values, purpose, mission, and strengths. It articulates who you help and the benefits you provide. Most importantly, it elicits emotion and attracts your ideal clients and customers to you.

But branding is often a source of confusion. Too often we think it means manipulating the public, when in reality the strongest brands are built on integrity, transparency, and authenticity. 

In this interactive workshop for small business owners and creative entrepreneurs, Kristen Winstead (Sund Studio) and Chris Landry (Landry Communications) will help you discover and define your distinctive and authentic voice in order to help you stand out in a crowded market.

Register for the event here. Space is limited. 

Public Speaking:
Finding your Voice

w/ Seth Lepore

Wednesday, 29 April 2015 | 7-9pm

For many people the idea of public speaking is full of dread. During this info session you will learn key ways of dealing with spatial relations which is often the most misunderstood aspect of talking in front of a crowd.

You’ll learn the difference between projection and volume, presence and taking up space and how to engage your audience in a simple, fun and direct way.

Note – class size is limited to 10 people. Advanced registration is required.

Seth Lepore, a nationally touring solo performer, has been teaching how to access all aspects of the voice since 2004. He has taught singers, public speakers, actors and the shyest of the shy how to work with their voice in a non-traditional and thoughtful manner.

Crowdfunding:
Film Campaigns

w/ Pioneer Valley Crowdworks

Thursday, 23 April 2015 | 6:30-8:30pm 

In addition to discussing general best practices for crowdfunding creative projects on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, Pioneer Valley Crowdworks will dive deeper into campaigns for film projects. This is your chance to actively participate and discuss film campaigns—how successful examples put together their campaign message, target goal, pitch video, rewards/perks, promotion—and how you can craft your own campaign.

Bring your ideas and be ready to discuss your crowdfunding campaign and film, no matter what stage it’s in. While the focus will be on film campaigns, many of the topics will be applicable to any crowdfunding project, so feel free to join the discussion, whatever your project may be.

The meetup will be limited to 14 attendees with advanced registration required at the Meetup page for Pioneer Valley Crowdworks. If the registration is full, you can sign up to be on the waiting list.

 We suggest a $5 cash donation which will go directly to Co.Lab for use of their beautiful space.   

-DELA-
Don’t Eat Lunch Alone!

w/ InCommn

Wednesday, 15 April | 12-1pm

The Co.Lab has teamed up with InCommn to host their “Don’t Eat Lunch Alone” (“DELA”) event on the third Wednesday of every month. Business, professional, civic, arts, and others meet for lunch, informal networking/socializing. This is a great way to connect with other interesting people, and learn about exciting things that are going on in the Valley.

The mission

 of DELA is to provide a free, open networking group for business, professional and civic leaders (and anyone else!). We help people to meet and exchange ideas and experiences in an informal, free setting.

Note – please bring your own lunch – lunch is not provided, though we have a microwave, toaster and toaster oven that you are welcome to use. 

Tax Prep
without the Schlep

w/ Jen Turner

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 | 7-9pm

Jen Turner, MBA, assists individuals and small to mid-sized businesses navigate their changing environments using a financial perspective. No stranger to accounting, she has helped set up, clean up and maintain accounting systems from excel spreadsheets to high level accounting softwares, including the mysterious QuickBooks.

Because of her strong interest in coworking, she offered her assistance to the colab with the setup and maintenance of THEIR books and has been super excited to continue to support the growth of this new venture! NOW let her help YOU sort through your lingering questions while preparing for your taxes this season (aka wading through your receipts).

Sign up for this event on the Facebook event page, or send us a note on our contact page to let us know you’re coming!

Session is pay-what-you-will at the door, starting at $5.

Plug Into
The Creative Valley

w/ Eastworks, ECA+ & Co.Lab

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 | 6-8pm

Creative businesses and individuals are invited to attend the Plug Into – the Creative Valley at Eastworks. Please register here.

The evening will feature stories of Easthampton creative collaborations and invites all to participate in sharing their successes and challenges as part of the Western Massachusetts Creative Industries. This event is organized in collaboration with Easthampton City Arts+Easthampton Co.Lab, and Eastworks with additional shared stories by others including LOOP, a pop-up event for upcycled artists and crafters that has previously teamed-up with Easthampton eatery Captain Jack’s Roadside Shack. The evening will offer some surprises and conclude with a tour of the Easthampton Co.Lab, a member-run co working space in Easthampton.

Light refreshments will be provided by Captain Jack’s Roadside ShackRoadside Shack and beverages offered by Eastworks.

The Plug Into – the Creative Valley, a traveling event founded by the Western Massachusetts Creative Economy Network, brings together diverse businesses and individuals to network, develop relationships, and learn more about the creative work being done in the Pioneer Valley. The Creative Economy Network, a state-wide initiative is working to accelerate the economic growth of the Commonwealth’s creative industries across the state by focusing on key action items that will support and grow the regional creative economy industries including business development, access to capital, visibility, talent, and space.

Western Mass
U.Lab Hub Gathering

for individuals interested in Theory U

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The second meeting of the Western MA hub will take place at the Co.Lab Sunday February 22nd from 1pm-3pm.  Individuals registered in the U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self MOOC will come together to exchange ideas, learnings, and explore questions pertaining to the course work and Theory U. If you’re interested in learning more please join us!

This highly experiential course is based on Theory U, a framework, method, and way of connecting to the more authentic aspects of our self. It introduces the variable of consciousness into management and the social sciences, and proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. This approach to leading change is practiced by business, government, and civil society leaders around the world. For more info visit The Presencing Institute Site or the EdX course page. 

Western Mass
U.Lab Hub Gathering

for individuals enrolled in the U.Lab MOOC

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The first meeting of the Western MA hub will take place at the Co.Lab this Sunday from 1pm-3pm.  Individuals registered in the U.Lab: Transforming Business, Society, and Self MOOC will come together to exchange ideas, learnings, and explore questions pertaining to the course work and Theory U. If you’re interested in learning more please join us!

This highly experiential course is based on Theory U, a framework, method, and way of connecting to the more authentic aspects of our self. It introduces the variable of consciousness into management and the social sciences, and proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from. This approach to leading change is practiced by business, government, and civil society leaders around the world. For more info visit The Presencing Institute Site or the EdX course page. 

Insurance Demystified
at the Co.Lab

w/ Matt Waugh of The Waugh Agency

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Are you paying too much for health insurance?
How are you affected by the ACA (ObamaCare)?
What if illness or injury made it impossible for you to work?

Matt Waugh of the Waugh Agency, LLC comes to the Easthampton Co.Lab to offer his unique perspective on health, life and other forms of insurance that creatives, independent professionals, and small businesses often get confused by.

Matt’s creative take on the one of the most pragmatic elements of our day to day is refreshing and straight-forward. Waugh Agency is known for genuine attention and innovative service, and has a proven track record of providing affordable and attentive coverage for businesses, individuals, and unions. Learn about Consumer Directed Health Plans, income insurance, business overhead protection, and life insurance in a way you will actually understand. Yes!

Crowdfunding
for Creatives

w/ Seth Lepore of The Seth Lepore Project

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Raising money for your creative project using a crowdfunding platform takes a lot of effort, gratitude and certain amount of hands off attitude in order to pull it off. In this short but in-depth overview we’ll go over the necessary elements you need to know and what to avoid at all costs. Topics include:

  • Choosing the right platform for your project.
  • Your pitch video and why it’s the most imperative part of your campaign.
  • Outreach to your donor base through social media, email newsletters and platform updates.
  • Combining a live event with your online campaign.
  • Being transparent in your ask.
  • Figuring out how much to ask for.
  • Putting together your crowdfunding team. Doing this alone isn’t a good idea.
  • Picking perks that you can actually fulfill.
  • The perfect length for your campaign.
  • Fiscal sponsorship and crowdfunding. A great combination.
  • Why people don’t give to your campaign.
  • The emotional intensity of running a campaign.