MakeSpace Oxford is asking local co-ops and social enterprises to explore how Oxford's ethical, social and community enterprises can share, build or create work spaces together at the Co-ops Connections Oxford on Tuesday, 5 March (5.30pm start).
MakeSpace Oxford CIC has recently opened a co-operative, social enterprise and hub on Aristotle Lane, north Oxford, in a formerly vacant building owned by Wadham College. It is now home to more than 20 local, purpose-driven, organisations. The residents - including founding members Transition by Design, the Community Action Group Network, Solidarity Economy and EOF Hackspace - focus on empty and underused buildings across Oxford and help bring them back into use for social and community enterprise.
However, longer-term options would offer greater stability, security and benefit to Oxford’s growing co-operative and social sector. Agile Collective and others have also made solid moves towards this at the Old Music Hall on Cowley Road. So this meeting comes at a critical time and explores whether a coalition of organisations could own a building outright with MakesSpace Oxford. It is an open call for all co-ops, social enterprises, charities and other community organisations in Oxford - including those who may never have considered shared office spaces before.
Hosted by Transition by Design at MakeSpace, Co-ops Connections Oxford explores the options and assesses the financial implications. Benefits include economies of scale, shared skills, collectivising purchasing power, networking and more.
Register below if you think owning shared office spaces may be the answer to your organisational needs. We look forward to seeing you there.