The mission of Social Streets Co-Lab is to offer affordable and supportive co-working space for the community. It is a new idea and we are testing the concept in a small shop on Roman Road in Bow over the next six months.
Please help us trial this concept as affordably as possible by donating or lending any of the below.
As a not-for-profit company, Social Streets Co-Lab brings the barter economy to the core of primary employment. It keeps costs down and allows us to reinvest as much as possible into our community projects. It also recognises that value comes not just from money, but from time, labour, skills and the sharing of existing assets. Bartering helps us offer membership to people who may not otherwise be able to afford it. It's also a great way for members to gain a sense of ownership and entitlement within our community.
Being a Not-For-Profit (NFP) does not mean that we do not aim to be profitable. Indeed, our mission is to demonstrate how a business can be conducted both profitably and ethically. Being an NFP means that profits are reinvested into further community projects rather than used to increase individual wealth.
We are starting from scratch and need desks, chairs and storage for our office space.
- Stackable or foldable chairs
- Scaffolding planks to create table tops
- Heavy duty trestle table legs
- Screen/room divider
- Flip chart and consultation materials
- Metal low lockable cabinet to store catering
- Metal lockable cube lockers
- Comfortable 'lounge' chairs for our snug breakout/meeting zone
- Low coffee table for our snug breakout/meeting zone
- Coat stand
- Extension leads/cables
We are building a library of tech equipment to support our members in their work, which often involves community consultation, and capturing memories and opinions past and present. Do you have any of the following that you could donate to our Tech Library?
- DSLR cameras
- Camera lenses
- Projector and screen
- Voice recorders
- Film equipment
- Extension leads!
Not glamorous but vital for every day activity.
- Mop and bucket
- Dustpan and brush
- Kitchen bin
- Door mat
- Vacuum cleaner
We value social capital above all else, which means our communal activities at the core of our membership. This includes a communal lunch once a month as well as using our space for convivial social gathering. To do this we need to transfer our central office desk into a central eating table.
- Large table cloths to dress the work table for communal lunches
- Dinner ware for 30 (plates, knives, forks, dessert spoons)
- Welsh dresser to store dinnerware
- Electric soup urn
These are not essentials but greatly help to make our space a home from home, fostering a sense of trust and openness.
- Seat cushions for our basic office chairs
- A weekly supply of fruit and nuts for the office
- Blackboard for roster and other shared notices
- Blackboard markers
- Library contributions - books and films about building community
- Indoor plants
- Festive lighting
- Wall clock
- Floor lamp
We want to make sure our membership is available to as many people as possible. If you could not otherwise afford the fees, or are not able to barter assets, then please come to talk us. You may have skills that we need and could be bartered for a discount on workplace.
- Outreach to find potential new Co-Lab members
- Managing membership bookkeeping
- Marketing and organising Co-Lab's out-of-office-hours meet-ups and workshops
- Delivering leaflets or conducting surveys to support the Co-Lab concept
- Coding and webdevelopment (PHP/Wordpress)