Lisbon Hotspot
Life's More Meaningful When Your Purpose-Driven

(Portuguese Version of Website Coming Soon!)
Lisbon Hotspot
Life's More Meaningful When Your Purpose-Driven

(Portuguese Version of Website Coming Soon!)
About makesense
For 10 years, makesense has been creating tools and programs for collective mobilization to enable everyone to take action and build an inclusive and sustainable society.

Today, the journey continues. makesense is a vibrant, ever-expanding and horizontal ecosystem of citizens, entrepreneurs and organizations both public or private.
A group of makesense volunteers working on a local level to support social entrepreneurs, inspire & facilitate citizen engagement.
No full-time staff, completely operated by "Core-Team Contributors" who commit to 5 hours a week, for at least three months.
Creativity Workshops to help Social Entrepreneurs confront challenges; networking events; community discussions; and more!
Aligning with local organizations to test social entrepreneurs products & services; inspiring & finding volunteers for nonprofits & NGOs; contact us!
Active Projects:
The re-action program guides you to make an immediate impact.

Upon signing up, you will be grouped with 10-15 people, and we’ll provide the tools to assess your community needs and propose concrete ideas to support to those who need it most.

Through everyday acts of compassion – be it finding transportation for our frontliners, organizing events to make DIY hygiene kits, or even reaching out to people who need mental health support – we can make a real impact.

You will be helping us design solutions to solve fundamental issues in water access, electricity and energy, hygiene and sanitation, healthcare, and housing.

In week one, you will be accompanied by a makesense coordinator, who will help you support our network of NGOs. Every day, you will receive content and challenges to inspire action.

After you hit the ground running, you can opt into community coordinator training and learn how to coach an incoming team – sparking accelerated change!

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

From Our Community Members
"As someone that has recently moved to Lisbon, I loved to join Picnic That makesense and chill with fellow founders, while making good professional connections and meeting new people in town."
Founder & CEO Youth Climate Leaders
"The workshop was well organized in all of its phases and exercises which helped receive interesting feedbacks and generating new ideas. It also to induce the creation of useful concept maps that can still be used in a prolific way. Thanks to this workshop we were able to shatter our project and recompose it into a new shape."
Lorenzo Scodeller
Founder & CEO at NovoNovo
"The last 8 month have been truly rewarding and I am super happy to have gone to my first Impact Industry Social in October, to have met you all and to have been engaging with and in the social impact scene in Lisbon. The experience shaped my view of the world, broadened my horizon and I am so lucky to have found a great group of volunteers who care about social and environmental problems."
Jonas Nienau
"It was very inspiring to meet these young ambitious professionals and to hear them talk so passionately about their projects. A great moment in a pleasant and informal setting to exchange ideas, inspire, to feel heard, and listen."
Lotte D
Hotspot Community Member
Lisbon's Impact Initiatives

To celebrate the launch of our website, every day, we will add a new Portuguese Social Enterprise and share it on our social media channels!

We have over 40 on our list!

Contact us to make sure you're added!

Lisbon's Social Enterprises
Check out these local organization reporting & prioritizing social impact over profits!
Maze-X Impact Accelerator
We accelerate and invest in solutions that deliver impactful outcomes.
We inspire organizations to find solutions for social and environmental challenges.

Whether you're a volunteer who comes in-and-out of the Hotspot when practical;

or you're on of our Core-Team Contributors committing to a more consistent presence;

our experience together heightens our level of understanding about each other, our community, and the world!

Change with us....

Invaluable Working Experience

(👌 on CV/LinkedIn)

  • Event Planning
  • Community Development & Management
  • Branding - Marketing/Advertising
  • Business Development

Strengthening Your Network & Make Local Friends

  • Local makesense network of ~1,100
  • International network of ~22,000
  • Unique access to local & international groups for networking.

Solving Humanity's Biggest Obstacles

  • You’re part of scaling social & environmental impact-focused businesses.
  • Inspiring future generations of Impact Entrepreneurs
  • Driving awareness
2 Ways To Get Involved.
Core-Team Contributor

Because we have no full-time paid staff locally, we rely on a core group of volunteers to keep our projects, ideas, meetings, partnerships, and communications organized and consistently active.

Core-Team Contributors are the backbone of our hotspot. They commit to a minimum 5 hours a week, for at least three months, and are responsible for making it easy for our community and partners to flow in and out of contributing to our projects, programs, and other opportunities.


Community Volunteer

The ability to contribute in your local community when it's practical was part of makesenses' original vision for Hotspots around the world. This was a challenge due to not having any full-time people locally who could manage it all.

Luckily, we solved that!

You are fully supported by our Core-Team Contributors! You can pick and choose what projects, programs and other opportunities you want to contribute to, when it's practical for you!


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