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.

Aguascalientes
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Mexico
Atlanta
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U.S.A.
Austin
,
U.S.A.
Barcelona
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Spain
Bengaluru
,
India
Berlin
,
Germany
Bogota
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Colombia
Boston
,
U.S.A.
Copenhagen
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Denmark
Detroit
,
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
,
South Africa
Lima
,
Peru
London
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England
Los Angeles
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U.S.A.
Miami
,
U.S.A.
Montreal
,
Canada
Nairobi
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Kenya
New York
,
U.S.A.
Palo Alto
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U.S.A.
Portland
,
U.S.A.
San Francisco
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U.S.A.
Sydney
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Australia
Toronto
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Canada
Vienna
,
Austria
Australia
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Sydney
Austria
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Vienna
Canada
,
Montreal
Canada
,
Toronto
Colombia
,
Bogota
Denmark
,
Copenhagen
England
,
London
Germany
,
Berlin
Guatemala
,
Guatemala City
Hong Kong
,
Hong Kong
India
,
Bengaluru
Kenya
,
Nairobi
Mexico
,
Aguascalientes
Peru
,
Lima
South Africa
,
Johannesburg
Spain
,
Barcelona
Turkey
,
Istanbul
U.S.A.
,
San Francisco
U.S.A.
,
Atlanta
U.S.A.
,
Austin
U.S.A.
,
Boston
U.S.A.
,
Detroit
U.S.A.
,
Los Angeles
U.S.A.
,
Miami
U.S.A.
,
New York
U.S.A.
,
Palo Alto
U.S.A.
,
Portland

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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 local action takes many different forms; such as events, workshops, panel discussions, research, social meetups, networking, dinners, etc. The power of OpenIDEO Chapters is the local action in connection with a global community that enables collective action.

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.

Can a private organization start an OpenIDEO Chapter?

No. When recruiting, we are looking for a group of individuals that can dedicate a portion of their free time to drive impact in their local community. This is a grassroots effort. The Chapter can not be created or represented by an existing organization.

Are Chapters financially aided by OpenIDEO?

No. However, depending on the initiative, we do sometimes 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 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.

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.

Chapters Spotlight

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

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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