CivicHacks introduces "The Crucible" to Startup Storytellers series

Mary Yost

The third storytelling event hopes to draw a crowd of several hundred.

As CivicHacks plans its third Startup Storytellers event on April 6, founder David All predicts it will draw several hundred to the Columbus Museum of Art to hear curated conversations between leading and emerging central Ohio entrepreneurs. CivicHacks consults with companies that want to make meaningful community impact.

All is especially excited about a new experience Storytellers will offer in which attendees will have the opportunity to visit The Crucible, a room named for a key lesson in business bestsellerFinding Your True North by Harvard Business School professor Bill George. Crucibles, according to George, are trials everyone faces and which leaders embrace to emerge even stronger.

All says The Crucible will be a sacred, protected space-lit by electric candles and with seating on pillows and rugs-in which personal stories about transforming life-changing challenges into opportunities for growth will be written down and shared anonymously.

The Better Business Bureau Serving Central Ohio is joining forces with CivicHacks to present new Spark Awards at the event. They will recognize entrepreneurs under 35 whose organizations demonstrate high character, mission-focused culture and community commitment. Online applications, which must include a short video testimonial, are accepted through March 21 at