Outlandish / Space4 has just been given a 10-year lease on a new office space up the road from our existing HQ. Hoorah!
This contract has been awarded to us by our local authority, and we have a remit to provide affordable work- meeting- and event space, and boost employment and educational prospects in our local area, particularly amongst marginalised groups.
Our aim is that the space supports CoTech, and the cooperative tech movement in general. So even if you don’t use it on a day-to-day basis, we still want it to help you. Ideas we have about this so far include online training resources, events that raise the profile of your work and our movement, attracting funding and partnerships for large social tech projects, attracting new big clients. I want to hear from you about how else you think we can support you all.
In the long term this opportunity opens up a lot of avenues for attracting extra funding, partnerships, clients and cooperators. In the short term we do definitely need to get some income into the project so we don’t run up a big debt while the building is only part-occupied.
We need your help! You can help us out by:
- Help us hire our desks and meeting rooms. Please help spread the word.
- Host an event or meeting here. Let me know if you have ideas.
- Sponsor a desk: We have loads of people working on social value projects who we offer the space to on a pay-what-you can basis. If you could sponsor a desk or two that will allow us to continue to support everyone regardless of their financial situation.
- Engage with us on social media! We just hired the amazing @MaddyN to do marketing for us. Check it out on https://twitter.com/space4coop / https://www.facebook.com/space4coop / https://www.instagram.com/space4_uk/
- Help us get in touch with potential partners: There are only so many projects we can deliver, so we’re really looking for partners who are in our field and have overlapping objectives, who can use the space to deliver their own projects.
- Let us know of relevant funding opportunities.
- Let me know if you have ideas for how SPACE4 can support you, even if you’re not here in London.
- Anything else…
We’ll be hosting a launch party, of course! Should be late September-ish. Keep an eye out for your invite! And also hoping to have you soon for a CoTech hack.