Community & coworking space : Small Works — an example of self-sustaining model built on reciprocity

Hello amazing entrepreneurs,

Welcome to the BumbleBee Project : my coworking tour around the United Kingdom.

My first step is London. I am in love with the creative atmosphere of this city.

On my first day, I met with Juliet, the Clear Village Community Manager at Small Works Victoria. Managed by Clear Village, Small Works is a social enterprise hub that delivers community projects, signposting and personal development opportunities to residents.

It’s an interesting self-sustaining model built on reciprocity.

Let’s see how it works !

Clear Village are “Creative regeneration specialists” meaning that they work with with social landlords, local councils and community groups to bring durable change to communities.

They identify challenges, build on existing assets and involve community members through participatory design.

Clear Village projects range from setting up community centres fostering social entrepreneurship, to finding novel uses for empty or underused spaces, to carrying out communication campaigns to build new community brands. The uniting factor of Clear Village’s work is their mission to co-create solutions together with communities and ignite resilience from within, whether in the UK, Europe or worldwide.

“One example of a Clear Village project is Small Works Victoria in Pimlico, Westminster. This was previously an underused and undermanaged administration office in the Vauxhall Peabody estate. Peabody Housing Trust invited Clear Village to manage the space in December 2012 and bring it back to life. The Clear Village team used a qualitative research method called the Well-Being Analysis to consult with the local community and identify residents needs. Following this, Clear Village did it up and created desk spaces to bring in revenue, and to support the activities of the project. Then the social enterprises deliver community projects to residents and the wide area. As a result, the community benefits from those activities, and the social enterprises -small startups -can use desk spaces for an affordable price. We also provide them with help, such as getting into the right networks.”

It is said that a picture speaks a thousand words, find below a schematized representation of the scalable model.

That’s an awesome closed-loop model where communities are at the center of the preoccupation.

Thanks so much Juliet for your time !

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Thanks Schwarzkopf-Stiftung and Die BDA for supporting me in this project.