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Mar 12 2015

March 2015 Meetup

Go Hive Chi, Hive HQ

Harold Washington Library Center

Multipurpose Room, Lower Level, SE of Atrium

Thursday, March 19, 9:00am to 12:00pm

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In This Meetup

In our March meetup we will reflect on our progress in 2014 and our direction for 2015. We will review the recently released New York University, Connected Youth: Digital Learning Research AY2013-14 report on Hive Networks. The report provides recommendations for Hive Network leadership and membership alike, drawing on dozens of interviews with Hive members and surveys given to youth in Hive funded and unfunded member programs in both NYC and Chicago. We’ll take a look at the recommendations and consider what has already been successfully addressed here locally, and what remains to be done. You can also review their memos on Hive Goals and on Badging in the Hive.

As part of this reflection, we’ll also be taking a look at some aggregate data profiles of the Hive Network membership organizations collected during the membership process, as well as the results of a year’s worth of meetup feedback data in 2014, again, with the driving goal to reflect on how this feedback has helped to shape our member convenings and what still needs to be considered for future improvement. Members will have ample time to discuss with their colleagues and friends in the Network.

Finally, we’ll close with Moonshot work time to make progress on our next steps. However, in anticipation of an exciting meetup we have planned for this summer, we’d like to introduce something new to the way that we work in our Moonshot groups. This July, in response to an overwhelming desire to bring more youth into these conversations, we’re excited to host a “Youth Meetup” to bring young people from our member organizations together and engage them in our Moonshot working groups. The goal will not be to treat our youth guests as a test-audience for our ideas, or put them on the spot to bring all the solutions. Instead, we want to engage them as equals in this conversation.

We believe that creating an environment where youth can participate in our conversations as equals begins with creating an equitable dialogue amongst all the participants in the conversation regardless of age, demographic or professional status. So, we’d like to borrow from some best practices in program facilitation, restorative justice, and community engagement to become more explicit in our own conversational process. Join us on Thursday to explore these ideas for a new Code of Conduct.

Month Meetup Agenda & Webcast

    • 9:00 AM – Connections – Considering the NYU Report Recommendations
    • 9:45 AM – Hive Leadership Announcements
    • 10:00 AM – Small Group Reflections on Hive Data
    • 10:15 AM – Member Share-outs
    • 10:30 AM – Moonshot Worktime
      • Introducing A Hive Code of Conduct
    • 12:00 AM – Business Time until 1:00 PM

March Community Call

March 26, 2015 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Join the Call – 605.477.2100 321408#
Follow along in our Notes and Agenda Etherpad

Join us for our monthly community call, a forum for project, program and cross-Moonshot share-outs, as well as important information about upcoming events and programs. Learn about the great ideas and solutions that are bubbling up out of Hive Chicago.

This month our focus is on articulating the focus of Moonshot Challenge Areas to a wider audience and considering what the main constraints for each area look like. We’ll also be hearing from the Regenerate Chicago team.


    • 9:00 AM – Hive CHI Welcome to Community Calls and Today’s Agenda
    • 9:10 AM – Member Project Share-out
    • 9:30 AM – Moonshot Challenge Review
    • 9:40 AM – Moonshot Solution Identification

February 2015 Meetup Recap

At our last meetup in February we were introduced to the newest members of the Hive and a Network that continues to grow in size and diversity! Kyla Williams from the Smart Chicago Collaborative introduced us to Time to Tech, a new workshop series for staff at Hive member organizations to build their skills around important tech tools and competencies. We also learned about the new Hive Fund RFP opportunity, the Hive Smart Grid Challenge. Finally, still coming down from our high at Hive Chicago Buzz in January, we did a re-run shareout from the event and closed in our Moonshot working groups. See the video below for an overview of our Hive Chicago Buzz event.

Here’s what people had to say about the February 2015 Meetup

The open and beautiful convos and the amount of love and passion everyone has for the youth.

Each meeting I learn something new about a member organization. I appreciate this, and the group think that happens.

More time in working groups to work. Because of elapsed time and shifting participants, a lot of time is devoted to reviewing where the group and catching up new participants. Little time is left for actual work.

Now understanding the structure for the Advisory Council, it does seem like the Moonshot work is consistently getting back to Hive Leadership. I think it would be helpful to hear feedback and questions from leadership more regularly.

Next Meetup: April 2015

On The Road!

Meetup Location TBD
April 16, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

#hivebuzz: Upcoming Events

  • Hive Fund RFP Strategy & Partnership Workshop

    Thursday, March 12, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Join Hive Fund and Network staff in a town-hall style Q&A about the Hive Fund for Connected Learning RFP. Together, we’ll unpack the elements of a successful project proposal as well as the critical elements of a successful partnership, for both lead organizations and collaborators. What are your organization’s strengths in a partnership? Network with Hive members and develop your project proposal ideas.

  • Hive at Open Gov Hack Night

    Tue, March 17, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Braintree, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plz (8th floor)
    Come join Hive staff every Tuesday night at Open Gov Hack Night to build our community of allies in transforming the learning landscape of Chicago by activating solutions that overcome our persistent challenges. The evening is always rich with connection opportunities in the open source development community.

  • Hive Community Call

    Thursday, March 26, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Join the Call – 605.477.2100 321408#
    Join us for our monthly community call, a forum for project, program and cross-Moonshot share-outs, as well as important information about upcoming events and programs. Learn about the great ideas and solutions that are bubbling up out of Hive Chicago.

  • Destination: Chicago Spring 2015

    Saturday, April 25, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
    Malcolm X College, 1900 W Van Buren Street
    Hive Chicago presents Destination: Chicago, the premier Chicago City of Learning Maker Party. Join Hive member organizations, allies and CCOL partner organizations in a learning festival for the whole family. Explore new learning opportunities through a variety of exciting activity stations and workshops.

  • Hive + MOUSE Present: Game Jam

    Saturday, May 9, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Location of Event TBD
    Join Hive Chicago and computer literacy educators from MOUSE for a fun-filled Game Jam experience to explore a game design pathway that leads young people through activities that explore creative conceptualization, to graphic design, to computer programming. Partners include Iridescent Learning, Important Little Games, and BLUE 1647.

  • Hive & Common Sense Media Deep Dive: Graphite

    Thursday, April 23, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location of Event TBD
    At Hive Chicago Deep Dives, parents, educators, and community members explore exciting new concepts in learning and leave with resources they can use back at home, in the classroom, or in their learning environments. Co-host Common Sense Media will be showcasing their premier technology discovery, review and rating tool Graphite.

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