How Chapters Work

Build Community

Attend events and uncover new opportunities to connect and collaborate with leaders in your city.

Foster Innovation

Partner with local problem solvers to advance innovative solutions for OpenIDEO Challenges.

Unleash Impact

Help design new pathways to resources, services, and systems that positively impact your community.

Chapters Around The World

OpenIDEO Chapters are active in more than thirty cities around the world. Get involved by attending the next event in your city. For those that don't yet have a Chapter in your city join our Global Community Page. This page is for anyone, anywhere to connect and bring a local lens to the global challenges we work on everyday at OpenIDEO.

Atlanta
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U.S.A.
Austin
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U.S.A.
Barcelona
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Spain
Bengaluru
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India
Berlin
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Germany
Bogota
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Colombia
Boston
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U.S.A.
Detroit
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U.S.A.
Guatemala City
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Guatemala
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
Istanbul
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Turkey
Johannesburg
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South Africa
Lima
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Peru
London
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England
Los Angeles
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U.S.A.
Miami
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U.S.A.
Montreal
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Canada
Nairobi
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Kenya
New York
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U.S.A.
Portland
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U.S.A.
Richmond
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U.S.A.
San Francisco
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U.S.A.
Sydney
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Australia
São Paulo
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Brazil
Toronto
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Canada
Australia
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Sydney
Brazil
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São Paulo
Canada
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Montreal
Canada
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Toronto
Colombia
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Bogota
England
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London
Germany
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Berlin
Guatemala
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Guatemala City
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
India
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Bengaluru
Kenya
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Nairobi
Peru
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Lima
South Africa
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Johannesburg
Spain
,
Barcelona
Turkey
,
Istanbul
U.S.A.
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San Francisco
U.S.A.
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Atlanta
U.S.A.
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Austin
U.S.A.
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Boston
U.S.A.
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Detroit
U.S.A.
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Los Angeles
U.S.A.
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Miami
U.S.A.
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New York
U.S.A.
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Portland
U.S.A.
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Richmond

Don't see a Chapter in your city? You can be the one to launch it.

Start a Chapter

Chapters Spotlight

Today’s societal issues are too complex to tackle alone. In OpenIDEO Chapters, people come together to build on each other’s skills and ideas for good. Check out what our Chapters community has been up to.

Starting a Chapter: Frequently Asked Questions

We bet you have them—and we’ve got you covered.

What are OpenIDEO Chapters?

OpenIDEO Chapters regularly convene community builders, innovators, experts and funders in cities worldwide to take local action on global OpenIDEO initiatives. This action takes many different forms including events, workshops, panel discussions, design research, social meetups, networking, and dinners. Chapters are volunteer-run and community-based initiatives, organized by people who are passionate about solving social issues in their cities through collaborative design.

How do I start an OpenIDEO Chapter?

We have built an intentional, supportive process for establishing a Chapter so that those interested in starting them can feel out if the commitment and opportunity is right for them. It involves two steps: forming a team and launching an OpenIDEO Outpost. To learn more visit our pre-application resources.

How long is the application process to open a new Chapter?

Usually around four weeks. This can vary depending on the speed of your team to deliver the requested materials throughout the recruitment process, and the capacity of the OpenIDEO team.

Are Chapters financially aided by OpenIDEO?

No. However, depending on the initiative, we do when possible provide financial grants to support Chapters with their events. Many of our Chapters rely on local partners to provide space, materials and other event needs.

Can an OpenIDEO Chapter partner up with a local organization?

Yes! We encourage you to map the different local stakeholders in your city that can support the Chapter in any way. We will provide guidance and support to build such partnerships.

Can an OpenIDEO Chapter focus on their own topics locally, independent from global initiatives?

We have learned that impact is best achieved when OpenIDEO Chapters across the globe collectively focus on driving impact on the same topics. That said, we believe flexibility is important and empower Chapters to contextualize our efforts to be relevant to their local communities.

Start A Chapter

Don’t see a Chapter in your city? Form a team to start a Chapter wherever you are. It’s a two year journey that takes time, guts and commitment—but we’ve seen this work can change lives and transform communities.  

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