Monday, 6 April 2009

London "Alternative Third Spaces" Meeting

Last month, a group of us met at the London offices of UnLtd (the foundation for social entrepreneurs) to talk about alternative third spaces. This Wednesday we're holding a follow-up meeting at the Hub, Islington.

Alternative third spaces are facilities which are neither office nor cafe nor workshop, but have elements of all three and more. This includes co-working spaces, hack labs, arts spaces, social centres, community cafes and similar uses of space. There is a lot of interest and activity around these in London at the moment - and the potential for them to play a significant role in the response to the social consequences of the recession.

This meetup is for people interested in starting such projects, or who are already involved with them, to discuss ideas, funding models and legal structures, and to learn from the success of ventures like the Hub. We hope a network of people involved in alternative third spaces will emerge.

The meeting will take place from 6.30 till 8.00pm, Wednesday 8th April
at The Hub Islington, 5 Torrens Street, London EC1V 1NQ.


Pippa Buchanan said...

I'm really looking forward to someone installing a portal between Berlin and London... Then I might be able to turn up to all these interesting events.

One thing that I'm considering exploring as a part of DIY Masters is the idea of co-learning spaces for self-organised / distant learning models.

sandman79 said...

sounds really interesting. has anyone found a guide out there to alternative meeting spaces?

we're trying to organise a political planning meeting of about 4-5 people over the weekend of the 8-9th of May and we're looking for a venue.

any ideas?

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