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Join The Global Switchboard in Finding Inclusive Solutions to Critical Issues

You’ve heard us talk about our physical location–our co-working space–and how we use it to increase collaboration and amplify impact of global organizations and initiatives in Pittsburgh.

You’ve heard about our new digital resource —The Global Switchboard Hub–the online home for Pittsburgh’s global engagement community where you can explore efforts currently underway in Pittsburgh, find other globally-engaged people, projects, and organizations, and RSVP for upcoming events and opportunities right in your neighborhood.

And now, The Global Switchboard’s mandate is stronger than ever: to leverage our coworking space, our digital hub, and the network of connections we’ve built, in order to convene people for purpose and impact. By activating our network and catalyzing collective action, we can amplify our voices to find inclusive solutions to critical issues.

How will we do this?

We have partnered with The Sprout Fund to design convenings that will help us to understand common network needs that can be addressed through our programmatic offerings. We are launching our network convenings with two focus area:

We invite you to attend these convenings to help us answer the question: What challenges in these focus areas are going unaddressed and require cross-sector, collaborative solutions?

What’s the goal of these meetings?

Good question. We think the Switchboard has a role to play in these arenas. We have our space, online hub, staff, and board. Those are the resources we’re working with. We also have a growing network of collaborators. We know that we’re able to convene. We can highlight key issues (like the two noted above) on our Hub and follow it over time. And, in the end, we’re interested in catalyzing a variety of collaborative activities (e.g. a new project, a revived partnership, a marketing campaign). These network convenings will kick-off a process of determining the best way forward.

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