What is Impact Space?
Impact Space is a collaborative, participant-driven event for campaigners and fundraisers from across Europe, organised by more onion, and formerly known as ECF Europe. 2020 would have been our tenth annual in-person event. We’re delighted to finally get the chance to deliver our tenth event with a new name and venue, and with additional online elements to allow more people to join us from more places. Find out more here.
Impact Space 2024 will consist of three events.
Impact Space online part 1 – 5 March 2024, 15:00 – 17:30 Central European Time
This online event, hosted on Zoom, will offer a mix of speakers and group discussions.
Impact Space Amsterdam – 22-23 April 2024 – two full days
This participant-driven, two-day event at MidWest, Amsterdam, will feature a mixture of presentations, open space discussions, ‘ignite style’ talks, teach-ins, speedpitching, and skillsharing. You can read more about the format here.
Impact Space online part 1: 23 May 2024 15:00 – 17:30 Central European Time
Join us on Zoom to watch pre-recorded sessions from the Amsterdam event, followed by Q&A with the speakers and breakout discussions with peers.
You can choose between a full participation ticket, with access to all three, or an online-only ticket.
Who can attend Impact Space?
Impact Space is a participant-generated event for campaigners and fundraisers, so it’s important that we bring together a group of people with experience and expertise to share. That’s why we ask you to apply, and to tell us about your experience on your application form.
We recognise that people may have different contributions to make – if you’re bringing experience from another career, or from activities you pursue in your personal rather than professional life, do tell us about it if you think it could be useful to fellow changemakers.
As event organisers, our objective is to curate an event which is an interesting, stimulating, and sometimes challenging learning experience, in an environment which supports participants to be open about their difficulties and problems as well as share their successes. We reserve the right to decline an application if we feel that a given participant is not a good fit for the event and could undermine the experience for others. See event policy for details.
How much are tickets for Impact Space?
Online events only – €50+VAT
In-person & online
Early bird (until end 2023): €365+VAT
Standard rate: €425+VAT
Late rate (after 1 April): €525+VAT
What is covered by the ticket price?
A full ticket covers:
- Participation in both days of Impact Space Amsterdam
- Vegan or vegetarian lunch on both days
- Vegan or vegetarian dinner on day 1
- Coffee and snacks during the breaks
An online-only ticket covers:
Participation in both Impact Space online events
Do you offer bursary or discounted places?
We know that some of the most interesting and innovative campaigning is going out outside of established organisations. We’re also keen to support campaigners from countries where attending an event in western Europe may be more of a barrier. We hope that offering online events will go some way to supporting wider participation.
We may be able to offer a reduced rate for participants who meet the usual qualifications, and fit any of the following categories:
- Staff from super-small or grassroots organisations
- Individuals campaigning in a voluntary capacity
- Students or researchers in a relevant field with expertise to share
- Campaigners from countries in eastern Europe
Please get in touch if this applies to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In future we hope to set up a participation fund to allow us to offer lower rates and widen participation in the in-person events. If your organisation could be interested in funding or supporting this, please contact us.
Why is the agenda so empty?
Impact Space is different to most other events you’ll attend because we build the agenda together. That way, you can take an active role in hand-crafting exactly the event you want or need right now.
For ten years now (as ECF Europe) we’ve been using participant-led approaches to build an agenda which is unique to, and formed around, the participants themselves. Some of the agenda will be built on the day, using a version of the tried-and-tested Open Space methodology. Other parts of the agenda, such as presentations and workshops are also scheduled according to participants proposals in the run up to the event, so keep an eye on the online agenda and items will be added as time goes on.
This also means you have space to showcase and get expert feedback on your own work, try out or develop a workshop, or run sessions or presentations that you’d like the chance to share with peers. You can propose sessions as part of the application process, or during the run up to the event.
Find out more about our participant-led approach, and how Open Space works, on the About Impact Space page.
How will the event support accessibility?
We are committed to making the Impact Space events as accessible as possible. The Amsterdam venue, MidWest, is accessible step-free, we will provide gender-neutral bathrooms, and a separate respite room.
We’ll make sure to use a public address system (amplification) for plenary sessions. The online event will include live (automated) transcription.
If there’s anything we could do to make the event as a whole more accessible to you, please let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss.
We will publishing a page with further details about the venue for the physical event, and the setup of the online events. If you have any questions in the meantime, please reach out to email@example.com.
Are you able to accommodate special diets?
All the catering for Impact Space will be vegan or vegetarian – we feel that this is a great way of making sure that vegans and vegetarians are well catered-for, and it’s really no hardship for the meat-eaters, we promise! Just let us know on the application form if you have any allergies or other requirements and we’ll do our best to accommodate these.
Why is the event in English?
Impact Space aims to bring together campaigners and fundraisers from across Europe (including the UK!) and beyond, so English works well as a common language. Participants are welcome to propose open space sessions to take place in a specific language if it’s appropriate to the content. (eg a session to discuss the German political context where all participants are German-speakers)
Can I promote my company/services at the event?
Impact Space Amsterdam will offer a dedicated ‘speedpitching’ session to allow agencies and freelancers to explain and promote their services. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re interested in broader sponsorship of the event, again drop us a line.
To protect the quality of the learning and exchange we have a general ‘no sales talk’ policy for Impact Space events outside of these defined opportunities – see the event policies for more detail.