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think labs

ECCF uses its ability to convene key stakeholders and attract experts around special areas of focus at Think Lab sessions. Hosted regularly, these Labs harness local knowledge and expertise to inspire creative thinking that can impact the economic landscape.

our goals for essex county think labs
  • Connect people across the county, through a facilitated format, to open dialogue around complex issues, improve overall knowledge, and work collectively to build lasting relationships.
  • Provide a space to “incubate” ideas, test solutions, and connect like-minded people that can move ideas to action.
  • Result in a documented report summarizing learnings, findings, and next steps.

past think lab reports

hunger think lab report

january 2021


virtual community think lab report

may 2020


blue economy think lab report

november 2019


essex county cultural planning labs

jan – may 2019

Did you know?

The fast pace of our world means that challenges, ideas and opportunities arise quickly, and being agile is necessary. Essex County Think Labs convene cross-sector leaders connected to our region’s economic development to build relationships, share ideas, learn together and identify solutions.

think lab news

Hope in Crisis: Exploring the Possibilities Post COVID-19

On March 11, 2020, we were thrust into a global health crisis that has so profoundly affected our way of life. Over the last three months, the Coronavirus pandemic has leveled unprecedented personal, societal, organizational and economic challenges against us, and it has exposed longstanding needs and inequities like rocks revealed in the receding tide.

Local Funders Convene for Virtual Funders Summit

On Tuesday, April 14, ECCF convened more than 70 local funders for their biennial Funders Summit. Originally planned at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, and centered on the topic of Capitalization, ECCF made a swift pivot amidst the COVID-19 health crisis and the...

Fall Funders Summit Focuses on Systems Change

Twice each year, Essex County Community Foundation partners with other funders to bring together donor advised fundholders, foundations and individual, corporate and institutional donors to learn about and explore possible collaborations on the most pressing issues...

Essex County Think Lab Focuses on North Shore Blue Economy

Gloucester, MA – Outside 33 Commercial Street in Gloucester, gray skies hang over Harbor Cove, where the sounds of a bustling luxury hotel next door and the smell of fish linger in the air. The cove, alive with activity, is home to many businesses that rely on the...

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“This event provided a unique opportunity to brainstorm ideas and prioritize needs that will hopefully help us plan for the future to further improve our communities.”

 – Vilma Marti ́nez-Dominguez, community development director for the City of Lawrence.

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