CommitChange now hosts Fika for Social Good events in the MidWest, an informal series of discussions for nonprofit leaders and tech professionals.
The fika is a Swedish concept; it's a time to take a break from your day and enjoy coffee, snacks, and good conversation. In 2015, I first experienced the fikas at The Blue House, a New Orleans coworking space that focuses their fikas on starting conversations that benefit the community in their Central City neighborhood. They bring in speakers from local nonprofits, government agencies, and the community at large. While I was working from the Blue House, they had topics that ranged from the funding of public defenders to public art collaborations.
When I moved to Wisconsin, I decided to steal this idea and run with it. I'm currently working on building a network of folks who like to meet locally and chat about the past, present, and future of nonprofit work and technology. Fikas always include coffee and snacks, often home-baked, and the topic changes each month. They're a chance to take a pause and meet new people over lively conversation.
The next Fika for Social Good is at the Appleton Coworking Space on Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. This month's speaker is Eric Schultz, open source expert and Community Manager for the prpl Foundation, an open source, community-driven consortium with a focus on enabling the security and interoperability of embedded devices. You can view the Facebook event for April's fika here.
5/9 at 10 a.m. Social Media for Professional Networking
6/13 at 10 a.m.
7/11 at 10 a.m.
8/8 at 10 a.m.
If you are interested in starting your own fika or would like to know more about the concept, please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!