The team at Impact Hub Ottawa is excited to bring back Masterclass, our professional development and capacity-building program for purpose-driven individuals and social impact organizations. While our practice of crowdsourcing relevant and timely course topics and engaging subject matter experts from our community has not changed, we are introducing a new format to provide the time and space for participants to apply their learnings for impact, supported by an ongoing learning community. Here are a few key improvements to your experience:

Multiple skill levels: Each Masterclass topic is now split into a ‘101′ intro/overview and ‘201’ deeper dive, with the option for participants to take just one or the the full series. We know everyone is at different starting points in terms of our subject matter knowledge, and want to provide opportunities to ‘start where you are’ and ensure all participants get the most from the sessions.

Peer learning sessions: We know how difficult it can be apply new knowledge and tools in your projects and processes, especially in the busy schedules of not-for-profit professionals and small businesses. To help, we will be facilitating a peer learning group, scheduled two weeks after the 101 and two weeks prior to the 201 session. It’s a chance to revisit the learning topic after having the time to apply your learning in your own real-world context, share and discuss challenges, consider solutions, and uncover additional resources that will help you achieve your learning goals. The peer learning session will help you stay focused, be accountable, and make sure your learning creates value for your organization and communities.

Online platform: Complementing the in-person peer learning sessions, all participants will be connected through a LinkedIn group to facilitate the sharing of insights, resources, and connections. It’s a simple and accessible way to help expand your network and build a learning community for ongoing peer support.

Learn more about the topics offered this Fall and the excellent instructors who will be leading the sessions (as always, Impact Hub members get special pricing). Spaces are limited so book your spot now before it’s too late!

James Chan