Chapters & Organizers
Please read the documentation and if you are up for the responsibility of leading your city’s chapter, submit your application and we’ll get back to you.
What is a Chapter?
A chapter is an official group in a city that represents the Speculative Futures community and brand. A chapter can only have 1 founder but multiple co-organizers. A chapter can only be represented in a singular city not a region (e.g. Latin America, China)
What is a Meetup?
Meetups are like clubs—events where people gather for a particular purpose (usually a speaker, workshop or discussion) We use meetup.com to host chapter homepages and promote events
What does it mean to be a chapter leader?
As the leader and founder of your city’s chapter you are the ambassador for our Speculative Futures community. You are also the lead organizer for all the meetups and events you produce.
You would be in charge of all the details for your local event such as:
Securing a venue
Finding sponsors/partners to cover food or production costs
Marketing for the event
Serving as the main point of contact for the chapter
Do chapters only organize meetups?
No. You are encouraged to host workshops, volunteer within your community, and create new services and programs. Basically, we envision that each chapter operate like it’s own local nonprofit with constant, committed outreach to their community to grow membership and educate the rest of the region.
What are we contractually obligated to do?
When you become a chapter leader, you have to sign a ByLaws agreement. The ByLaws state our policies and requirements for operating under our identity. These help protect us and you. We ask that you uphold our values and protect the brand. Other than that, we simply ask that you carry on the mission of educating and sharing our message of futures-oriented thinking to the rest of society.
Do I need to have experience organizing events?
No, but it’s very helpful. We can provide tips and advice on how to be successful, but if you haven’t organized events before, you should probably get some help from someone who has. It’s a big responsibility to produce events for your community. They rely on you to provide great content and we want people to walk away inspired and excited to enact change in the world.
How are chapters related to the Design Futures Initiative?
DFI is the parent organization that is also the headquarters for all Speculative Futures meetup activities and PRIMER conferences. We are a 501c3 nonprofit, pay taxes, and collect funds to organize events.
Will DFI help me with financing my events?
Unfortunately not. Chapters do not rely on DFI to operate and are encouraged to finance themselves individually through partnerships and sponsorships. If you charge for your meetups, you are responsible for having your own bank account and managing your own money. You may, however, donate your earnings back to DFI to go into the production of PRIMER.
What does the application process entail?
We ask a few questions about your professional background and review your readiness to lead and organize events. We’ll provide a list of values, requirements and best practices for you to review to make sure you truly are up for the responsibility. After that, we'll schedule a Skype call for our team to get to know you. Once approved, we’ll share guidelines on how to use our brand, you will create your chapter homepage (on meetup.com), schedule your first event, and we’ll tell the world about you!
What other benefits do I get from DFI as a Chapter Leader?
We will help you promote your events, articles, thoughts and anything else you need to get started. Organizers will get discounted tickets to PRIMER conferences. We will send out a newsletter for chapter organizers that will include news on the nonprofit, other chapter activities, special events, and tips for how to run your chapter and events successfully. You will also have access to our global network of members and thought leaders.