How can we create coworking spaces that are relevant to local economic development? What is needed for these spaces to effectively support community business and be part of a movement for social change instead of one of gentrification? With a majority of coworking spaces situated in urban box parks and financial districts, their communities are primarily white, middle-class and increasingly isolated from the socio-economic challenges faced by citizens in surrounding neighbourhoods.
In order to make use of coworking spaces’ potential, their wealth of different skills and capacity for social innovation, there needs to be a new strategic approach to partnership and coalition-building on the local level. Drawing from some of the most successful examples of community organising, this workshop equips you with a set of concrete steps to build bridges between entrepreneurship and development, and offers tools for the building of inclusive and meaningful communities.
What will it cover?
- Coworking in a gentrification context
- Community Management vs Community Organising: Understanding the difference
- Becoming part of a local business ecosystem: New approaches to partnership-building
- Creating a culture of mutual aid
What will I leave with?
- Basic principles of community organising
- A neighbourhood map of local organisations
- Strategies for targeted outreach and culture setting
- Strategies for building peer-to-peer business support
Who is it for?
Social business coaches and consultants, facilitators and organisers, and the founders and members of co-working spaces.
Stephanie Gamauf is a Community Organiser based in Brixton and Head of Partnerships at the Brixton Impact Hub, where she leads on programmes to support local economic growth. Her background is international development and participatory democracy. In the past she has been involved in community capacity building projects with NGOs and UN programmes in Mexico and Kenya.