The community will flourish! And no one knows where it will go. And this is okay.
There are many different directions that the Community Innovation Hub could take. The key is to foster and encourage the community, and then start following the energy.
There are a few discussions that can be encouraged once the community is ready. Below are a few ideas or find out about all of our Kits & Coaching options:
- Budget Allocation: Once the community is formed, you are ready to start co-creating what you need in your space.
- Dedicated Space: As the Hubsters’ social enterprises begin to grow, they won’t always need the Hub in the same way. They might be hiring people and no longer need the community in the same way. They might run out of space and will start to need full time office space.
- Sponsor a Hubster: The community of faith might decide to sponsor a hubster and partner on a fundraising campaign or a joint event.
- Community Innovation Challenge (Design Jam): Community involvement is a critical success factor for the Hub. When the Hubsters and Hub is ready, one option is to host a Community Innovation Challenge. This is a design jam where people from the community from all sectors are welcomed into the Hub to discuss these problems and see how we might be able to address some / one of them collectively.
- Shared Platform: The community of faith might wish to provide the governance and backend support for one or more of the social enterprises that emerge. This allows the social or spiritual entrepreneur some running room to get their organization off of the ground and determine if there is sufficient energy for the idea to flourish. It reduces the start up costs and the risk of getting started.
- Cooperative: The hubsters might decide to create their own entity as a cooperative where they have membership fees and a separate holding organization for cofounding each other’s projects.
- Coworking: Coworking Spaces provide entrepreneurs with the opportunity to work alongside other like-minded business people. They provide space for working, meetings and workshops, networking activities and learning opportunities to grow their business on a membership basis.
- Makerspace: Makerspaces provide equipment, supplies and spaces for small businesses, contractors and hobbyists to learn and apply skills.
- Agrihood: Agrihood activities use space inside and outside facilities in rural and urban communities to learn and achieve results.
- Co-Funding: The hubsters could decide to do joint fundraising campaigns or to apply for collective grants. There could be a mechanism that is set up for grants to be made available on a rotational basis or as needed.
- Community Bond: The hubsters could consider doing a community bond collectively for leasehold improvements or for the growth of the Hub.
No matter how this evolves, going with the energy is key! The Starter Kit provides access to resources and templates no matter which way you turn.