[Member Post: Isa Mundo Foundation] Collaboration and Connection at the HiVE


By HiVE Member Paul Lorilla

Originally posted on the Isa Mundo Foundation Website:  http://isamundo.blogspot.ca/2015/01/the-hive.html

The HiVE is a co-working space located in a renovated heritage building near Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The facility has been gathering individuals and organizations to collaborate in a shared space since 2011. There has been a global trend in working in a virtual space with start up companies, individuals and organizations trying to find affordable work spaces.  Members do not just share infrastructure and amenities – they are working in a collaborative environment that was developed to turn good ideas into reality with a focus on addressing local and global issues in a creative and meaningful way.

The HiVE, as they proudly describe on their website:

” … supports and amplifies the social impact sector in Vancouver; we do this by mixing one-part      shared-space with one-part collaboration and a dash of love. Our community is made up of over 150 individuals and organizations within the social entrepreneurship, sustainability, tech and creative sectors all working to make the world a better place”

Isa Mundo Foundation is now a part of this community of change-makers and thinkers and will continue to be in the future.  The Foundation moved into the HiVE full time in 2014 and just completed our first year. During that span, we were able to meet energetic new entrepreneurs, small established businesses and potential funding opportunities. We held individual and group meetings in their open concept space and developed ideas in the”hot desk” area and open-concept kitchen.

The idea of the HiVE fits well with our focus on finding innovative ideas to complete our projects in a collaborative way.  The shared space concept also aligns with what we hope to build within our own projects focusing on education and child centred facilities – one of sharing resources, information and space to better individuals and communities.