To mark the launch of Impact Hub Birmingham we invite you to join us at our Opening festival.
Demo.B will be home to a series of open, co-curated events. With your help, we aim to explore, celebrate and actively demonstrate ways in which we can collectively build a better Birmingham together.
The sun is out, the shades are on and festival season is well and truly upon us! Here at Impact Hub Birmingham, we’re pretty chuffed to say that we’re no exception to the rule. Spread over a marathon 24 days and jam-packed with events from morning till dusk, we’re super excited to announce the launch of our Demo.B Opening Festival.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Impact Hub Birmingham wouldn’t be here today were it not for the time, money, vision and unyielding faith shown by you all in your hundreds. Over the last 5 years, we’ve had the privilege of being part of a community that’s been consistently optimistic about driving positive change and realising a better future for Birmingham.
Through thick and thin, giddy highs and a few lows we’ve been continually inspired by our city, and have been humbled by the consistent support and encouragement readily given to us. We’re not sure if words will do the feeling justice, but reaching this point together has brought us unparalleled joy, and for that we will always thank you.
We know that nobody has all the answers and that the city is facing entrenched issues and challenges that many individuals, organisations and institutions have been working long and hard to solve. We feel privileged to be at the heart of a city full of citizens that believe a brighter future for the many is possible, and here at the Hub we want the new space to be a living laboratory where we discover and collectively build a future that we believe in.
WHAT WE LEARNT FROM #EPICBRUM
The incredible outpouring of support from the crowd for the #EpicBrum campaign showcased the power of citizens, purpose driven ideas and how new technologies can accelerate/catalyse/galvanise citizens to drive forward their ideas for change. It also highlighted an incredible appetite to collectively build a brighter, more prosperous future. It raised questions about what would make a truly epic Birmingham:
- What does it mean to be part of a fair, equal, democratic Birmingham for the many?
- How do we reimagine and build this together?
- How can we create open platforms for people, ideas, projects, ventures and institutions carving a fairer, equal and more prosperous city?
- Who are the real trailblazers leading the way?
It’s thanks to these questions that we arrived at Demo.B. These are the questions that align our festival thematically, but even more importantly, these are the questions that require debate and collective action going forward.
And so, in the spirit of our story so far, we could think of no better way to celebrate the launch of the Hub than by marking the final weeks of the build and the earliest days of our growing community with an Opening Festival.
INTRODUCING DEMO.BOver three weeks Demo.B shall explore the nuances of a democratic city and how we can accelerate collective action through a range of themes. From Citizen Science to Spoken Word, Demo.B aims to explore the new models, ideas, ventures and inspiring people/communities building a better world.
Click through our slide deck and get familiar with the themes and ideas at the heart of the Demo.B festival:
Bringing the Hub to life has been a mammoth collective effort. Whilst we’ll never be able to say enough thank you’s, it’s high time we celebrate together and look forward to the many possibilities that lie ahead. With unlimited open-house access, register to attend a diverse variety of sessions, mingle with the community and offer your personal touch at the Hub.Find out more
From citizen science to pop-up architecture, the Demo.B festival is about exploring new models, ideas and collaborations that can help us to imagine and collectively build a more democratic future. If you’re passionate about any of the key areas and questions we’re keen to focus on, and would like to host an event or explore an idea with us, fill out the attached form; we’d love to hear from you.Find out more
The Opening festival sees us launch 24 days of unlimited complimentary access to the Hub for you to pop in, check out the atmosphere and be part of the community first hand. You’ll be present during the final stages of our build with Architecture 00 and Open Desk, so whether you fancy building open source furniture, crafting soft furnishings or feel cosiest in the café, get involved and bring your personality and creative touch to the space.Find out more
Invest in an Impact Hub Birmingham membership during the Opening festival and enjoy early birdrates with a 20% discount for your first 12 months. With a range of flexible monthly memberships, as a maker you’ll join a network of value aligned peers and gain access to programmes, organisations, live events and curated content committed to positive social and environmental impact in Birmingham.Find out more
"Lets come together to demonstrate the tomorrow we’re working for; show how the world could be; make such a world feel not just possible, but fundamentally irresistible.
Let us create a place where beliefs are made and unmade, and the limits of the tomorrow can be stretched together."
-Beautiful Trouble, Andrew Boyd