Impact doesn't happen in isolation. Here's how Baltimore's civic and social innovators, community leaders, and mission driven organizations are coming together and celebrating, supporting, and succeeding this month.

MON (WEEKLY), 6p: Breathe, Stretch, Shake: Community Yoga at IHB with Justin Temple
With a background in art direction, design and music performance that has collectively spanned over ten years, Justin uses his experience to explore yoga not only through detailed problem solving but also creative expression and visualization. His classes are known to be highly accessible with a focus on finding a meditative quality with breath and economy in action. Classes are $7. Save a spot for your mat here.
TUES (WEEKLY), 8a: Weekly Meditation at IHB
New to meditation?  Experienced practitioner? Join us as we sit in meditation together to enhance our own and each other’s well-being, calm, and clarity. Daisy Barquist, a practitioner in the Zen Buddhist tradition, will facilitate our Tuesday morning sits. Registration is not required, but it helps us to know who may be coming. Let us know here!
WEDS, 6/15, 12p: Lunch and Learn: The Opportunity Coalition
In 2011, a Federal Sustainable Communities Initiative provided a 3.5 million grant to the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) to carry out regional planning activities. BMC formed The Opportunity Collaborative as a partnership of local governments, state agencies, universities, foundations, non-profit and for profit organizations who did the research and workplans for the region for the next twenty five years in housing, workforce development and transportation. After the release of the plans in June 2015, the Opportunity Collaborative was dissolved and the Opportunity Coalition was formed to implement and advocate for the Regional Plans for Sustainable Development. Join us for a conversation with Opportunity Coalition member organizations and individuals. No tickets/reservations necessary.

Leading the WayCommunity Lead Kevin Staton recently shared with us what his experience at Impact Hub has been like over the past few months. 
"What you’ll learn about being a community lead, member or even visitor at the Impact Hub is that it’s a great place for forward and outside of the box thinking people to meet. You’ll always find yourself in a good conversation about such a wide range of topics that you’ll never get complacent or bored. You are guaranteed to meet great people on a daily basis and if you are like me, and looking to expand your team with like-minded people you are sure to find it at the Hub. I’ve simply never had so much fun in a work environment in my life and I’m sure you will too!" Read more about Kevin's experience on our blog. Or join the team- we're recruiting community leads NOW to start in July.
WEDS 6/15, 6p: Lester Spence Knocks the Hustle with Wendy Oforo
As a professor, Dr. Spence strives to accomplish three goals: to infuse a love of learning and the life of the mind; to clarify the role politics plays in the world; and finally, to increase the capacity to change it. On the 15th , he will be discussing his interest in studying the causes and consequences of growing inequality within black communities with Dr. Wendy Osefo, a professor and researcher whose expertise is at the intersection of race, equity, and underserved student groups in K-12 and post-secondary learning communitiesLearn more and their work and RSVP here

FRI 6/17, 7p: Piece by Peace: Finding Meaning through Artistic Meditation

Sip some wine and collage with professional multi media Artist Brianna Faulkner to shake off the work week with other arts enthusiasts. Faulkner is a writer and mixed media artist currently residing in Baltimore MD. She holds creative story-telling workshops for after school initiatives and women’s organizations. Using found print and picture, Faulkner’s collages pull from the stylized journalism of Gordon Parks and Roy DeCarava while paying homage to the woman-centric narrative magic of Lucille Clifton’s poetry and Zora Neale-Hurston’s prose. Tickets are $25 (cost includes materials) and can be reserved here.

WEDS 6/22, 7:30a: Socent Breakfast: Ecosystem Entrepreneurs

SocEnt Breakfast is a forum and platform for idea sharing, resource exchange and connecting among Baltimore’s social entrepreneurs, nonprofit and civic leaders, community advocates, grant-makers, and mission investors. This month, we are taking a look at Ecosystem Entrepreneurs: people who are working to strengthen connections, fill gaps, and build system-wide solutions. They support the work of community leaders, organizations and other entrepreneurs by building resources, insights, and understanding that ultimately help those pioneers of social change to sustain themselves, focus their vision, and grow their impact. We'll be joined by Mission: Launch, the Latino Economic Development Center, and Moms as Entrepreneurs. Reserve your tickets here.
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