ignite MODE: Social Innovation Edition

In conjunction with the Thrival Music + Innovation Festival, the inaugural ignite MODE workshop was held on September 13th, 2014 at Repair the World.

Thanks to the dedication and flexibility of our mentors, they represent an authentic innovative spirit of Pittsburgh! These experts demonstrated exceptional ability to adapt to the needs of early stage projects, help focus their message, and create action plans to move forward.

Special thanks to event coordinator, NSR Director of Social Impact Vivian Lee Croft, our entire board of directors and partners for a great event!

Hear about the event + projects from ignite MODE v1 participants by selecting an image below:

C-Clear Center for Innovation and Empowerment

C-clear Center for Innovation & Empowerment organically mobilizes innovation through digital media, arts and technology infused with cutting edge youth/professional development programs. Contact them to learn more.

The Brewhouse Association

The Brewhouse Association provides artists with the support necessary to foster invention, creation, and collaboration, and encourage creative risk-taking and the ruthless pursuit of artistic excellence.  Learn more about their organization and work here.

Pittsburgh Posh

Pittsburgh Posh is a movement for Pittsburgh’s burgeoning fashion boutique scene, including a content-commerce website and interactive marketing campaign..  Learn more about their growth.

The Boarding School

The Boarding School is developing an urban skatepark, utilizing elements of film, music, art, photography, and entrepreneurship to educate and engage youth.

Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

The Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization is an association of residents and community stakeholders focused on supporting growth of the riverfront park and trail system, enhance walkability, promote community greening and public art, and sense of community.  Get involved and contact them today.

DECO Resources

DECO Resources develops Green Business Projects to help local businesses integrate sustainable best practices and green technology into the workplace.  Reach out to them today to learn more about their services.

Pittsburgh Articulate

Pittsburgh Articulate is an online publication that aims to increase dialogue surrounding arts and relevant issues that can have implications beyond the screen in the Pittsburgh region. Contribute, learn, and participate on their online platform.

Time Tender

Time Tender is a platform that allows people in the social innovation community to connect through their work and collaborate, including elements of a timebank concept.

Startup! One

StartUp! One is a school for entrepreneurs committed to a living planet.


Tony Macklin, Evelyn Gardner, Christopher Whitlach, Garrett Cooper, Irwin Hurst, Bethany Tucke, Jeffrey Dorsey, Jessica Strong, Katie Hale, Justin Forzano, Adam Nelson, Luqmon Abdus-Salaam, Jennifer Flanagan, Michael Levenson, Amanda Trocki, Tad Hale, Ron Gaydos, Josh Lucas, Tom Jones, and Talia Piazza.

Breakout Sessions Experts:

Eric Davis of Elliot & Davis, PC (legal)

Victor Dozzi of Crawford Ellenbogen LLC (accounting)

Sarah Meyer & Eric Sloss of SHIFT Collaborative (design, branding).

Food provided by:

Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, Coffee Tree Roasters, Square Cafe, and Eat ‘n Park

Funding and support for ignite MODE provided by Neighborhood Allies