Are you looking for the nuts and bolts to
create your own mission-driven shared space?
Get comfy as we deliver great content via our first online course. That’s right — all the resources, tools, collaboration and guest speakers live from your computer.
During this Boot Camp, our shared space experts will explain what’s worked, tricks of the shared space community and how you can put these very practices in motion at your center. This training provides you with a road map for creating your own thriving shared space.
Here's a little of what you'll learn...
You will get a sense of the breadth of the field of shared spaces and learn about models available across the US and Canada. Key takeaways include:
- a definition of shared space,
- what centers look like,
- how they impact their tenants,
- where the field is headed.
In the mission and vision segment, our experienced leaders will explain the importance of clarity of mission and vision to the planning process.
The real estate session will define what you need to know before speaking with a broker, and how to assemble a team of experts. NCN will also walk you through the many sources of capital funding, ranging from capital fundraising campaigns to taking on debt. In addition, we'll discuss unique components of the business model of shared space, like occupancy levels, load factors, resource allocation and how best to optimize space usage.
Once you’ve grasped the essentials of shared space, we’ll take a deep dive into how to maximize the revenues of operating a center with a mission driven business model. This session will help you understand the many ways shared spaces can make money, including event rentals, coworking, and other innovative ideas.
We will also discuss what makes a good partner, teach you to map your networks, and discuss a variety of tools you can use to catalyze collaboration in your center. We’ll discuss different ways that nonprofit centers have explained their model, and give you tips for refining your project pitch. You'll also get to hear first-hand from someone who has been there and done that with a case study from the Literacenter.
If you are working with a group, we recommend that you take up to six months to work through all of the course activities with your collaborative partners, do research on your local market, and set yourself up for success. You can take the course at your own pace. If you’re an individual working alone, you can do the course at a much faster pace.
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Sneak Peek at All 12 Modules
See the breadth of the field of shared spaces and learn about models available across the US and Canada.
Understand the components of a needs assessment and how it shows potential funders and partners you mean business.
Transform your building into a place-based social enterprise as you become a commercial landlord.
Take a deep dive into maximizing the revenues of operating a shared space with a mission driven business model.
Hear first-hand from someone who has been there and done that. Jimmy Martin takes you inside the story of the Literacenter.
Partnerships make shared space special. Learn what makes a good partner, map your network, and see tools to catalyze collaboration.
Who decides who decides? The hierarchy of governance and decision-making isn’t as straightforward in the shared space realm.
We know shared space can be a challenging concept to explain. See how nonprofit centers explain their model, and refine your project pitch.
Participants Greatest Take-Aways
“It was a wonderful overview and gave me a greater understanding of all the work involved in creating these dynamic, complex systems.”Jen Hubbard Heartwood House
“Numerous, but I think the biggest would have to be the number of resources available to Nonprofit Centers; makes the role of newbies much simpler if you take the time to look at what is there. I suspect that applies to established centers too – as there is tendency to think we are unique and nobody has done what we are doing.”Mike Powers Community Door