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BASIC's mission is to connect Boston-area SRI professionals via educational, social, and networking activities. BASIC strives to achieve its goal primarily by hosting a robust series of events throughout the year. BASIC also operates online channels for knowledge sharing, interactive discussion, and organization facilitation.  BASIC does not take political positions, lobby, advocate specific SRI strategies, or provide job search assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I join BASIC even if I don't live in Boston?

While most BASIC members live and work in the greater Boston area, members are also found throughout New England and beyond. Anyone may join BASIC.

How do I post a question, news item or event to the discussion listserv?

The BASIC listserv e-mail service is for the use of and by members. Once you have joined, messages sent to will be forwarded to the entire group.

What is appropriate content for the BASIC listserv?

The BASIC listserv is moderated to prevent abusive or solicitous posts; however, any article, news item, question, or event that would be of interest to BASIC members is welcome.

How are BASIC programs assembled?

Anyone can participate in assembling a BASIC program, no matter whether they are a member or not. There are typically two components involved: assembling the content of the program (developing topics and recruiting speakers) and providing space for the program to be held. If you have an idea for a BASIC program, or have meeting space to offer, please contact the BASIC Events Chair or another member of the Management Team.

Are there costs involved in assembling a BASIC program?

Event hosts typically provide light refreshments at BASIC programs; however, BASIC is happy to work with event hosts that are unable to cover these costs.

What networking opportunities does BASIC offer?

Every BASIC program begins with a half-hour of time for registration, refreshments, and networking. And the two social events that BASIC hosts each year are entirely devoted to animated, interactive conversations among BASIC members and friends.

Is BASIC affiliated with any other organization?

BASIC has no formal relationship with any other organization. BASIC does often partner with other companies and organizations on an informal basis in hosting BASIC programs.

Are BASIC programs open to the news media?

While BASIC programs are open to anyone wishing to attend, the program content is conducted under the Chatham House Rule: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.”