In this episode, we chat with Stephanie Gamauf who is leading two workshops with our friends from Stir To Action that explore how could create coworking spaces that are relevant to local economic development.
Stephanie is a Community Organiser based in Brixton and Head of Partnerships at the Brixton Impact Hub, where she leads on programmes to support local economic growth.
Her background is in international development and participatory democracy.
In the past, she has been involved in community capacity building projects with NGOs and UN programmes in Mexico and Kenya.
How is your, anti-gentrification campaign going?
It’s going well, in a way that I feel like many people are starting to have conversations, and this is something that I didn’t really experience when I started my work in London.
And, for example, the interest in the work of like coworking over the maintenance of status workshop that’s actually hosting it actually thinking about is, is something that I think is fascinating and brilliant and so needed.
People don’t want gentrification. And I think that’s the first step.
Communities teams that are moving into areas that same communities that are partly responsible for spiraling housing prices and change of local dynamics a change of the balance of the economic equipment room is inconsistent in a local area.
Those same communities don’t want gentrification questioning what can we do. And I think that’s such an important step.
Coworking 2.0: Community Spaces For Social Action Dates & Locations: Price:£75 Times:10AM-4PM London 24 November 2018 – Space4 Finsbury Park
Bristol, 16 March 2019
* Low-Income Price: £50
Workshop details How can we create coworking spaces that are relevant to local economic development? What is needed for these spaces to effectively support community business and be part of a movement for social change instead of gentrification? With a majority of coworking spaces situated in urban box parks and financial districts, their communities are primarily white, middle-class and increasingly isolated from the socio-economic challenges faced by citizens in surrounding neighbourhoods. Drawing from some of the most successful examples of community organising, this workshop equips you with a et of concrete steps to build bridges between entrepreneurship and development, and offers tools for the building of inclusive and meaningful communities.
What To Expect — Coworking in a gentrification context. — Community Management vs Community Organising: Understanding the difference. — Becoming part of a local business ecosystem: New approaches to partnership-building. — Creating a culture of mutual aid. What I’ll Leave With: — Basic principles of community organising. — A neighbourhood map of local organisations. — Strategies for targeted outreach and culture setting. — Strategies for building peer-to-peer business support.
Who It’s For: — Social business coaches and consultants. — Facilitators and organisers. — Founders and members of co-working spaces.