*The 24 November workshop in Oxford has been relocated to London, details at the bottom of the page.
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 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.
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.
— 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.
— 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.
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.
*The low-income price is for the unemployed, students, volunteers, and part-time employees.