Chicago Startup Dabble Challenges Mayor Emanuel to Teach a ClassBY: Jennifer Beese | October 12, 2011
“Learn From is not just an effort to get Emanuel to teach,” explains Erin Hopmann, co-founder of Dabble. “He marks our launch of what we hope will be a sustainable program for local leaders and celebrities to agree to teach classes through Dabble.”
Dabble — which launched in May — is an online community marketplace where you can sign up for one-of-a-kind classes taught by everyday experts with unique talents. Local venues are also invited to participate to host classes.
“We know city leaders have lots of knowledge to share — and they’re usually cooped up in more formal settings. Why not have them teach a class?” asks Jessica Lybeck, Dabble’s co-founder. “It’s exciting to think about using our platform in a new way, giving back to the community.”
In an effort to reach Mayor Emanuel the company put together a video that features Chicagoans suggesting class topic ideas. Suggestions include everything from public speaking to swimming lessons.
If Mayor Emanuel does teach a class, Dabble will donate all proceeds from the $20 ticket sale toward local charities supporting education.
Dabble is designed to offer new learning options to anyone with a busy lifestyle. While based in Chicago, the service will be expanding into six other cities, including Austin, San Francisco, Denver, Milwaukee, Twin Cities, and St. Louis.
Featured image credit: Charles Rex Arbogast