“Jeremy Murphy is an urban planner and sustainability specialist living in Vancouver, BC. As a Director with Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Cooperative, Jeremy has collaborated on dozens of sustainability and climate change projects for communities, universities, organizations and developers. Jeremy is also co-founder and Director of HiVE Vancouver – Vancouver’s innovative coworking space for change makers, hosting small businesses, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs with a focus on encouraging social impact and unlikely collaborations.”
“That’s the thing I like the most,” added curly-haired Jeremy Murphy, co-founder of the HiVE, who appeared from the woozy S-shaped ramp that connects the work space and main desk/kitchen areas.
The HiVE is a 9,000-square-foot collaborative coworking and event space focusing on sustainability and creativity, located in Vancouver’s historic Gastown area. The space occupies the 2nd floor of two interconnected heritage buildings and was retrofitted to provide a comfortable and healthy open-concept work environment featuring brick walls, high ceilings and large windows.
“In a panel of coworking space operators, Melissa Hope from HiVE Vancouver spoke about the specialization of shared workspaces. She gave examples of workplaces focused on architecture or female-focused. While trying to cater to everyone is never a good business plan, the diversity of options means there is something for everyone.”
“Melissa: Community! A lot of freelancers and entrepreneurs feel isolated and coworking can fix that, as you are surrounded by like-minded individuals who will never cease to amaze and inspire.”
“What is the future of coworking? I think that as more people realize that coworking is an option that will boost their productivity and decrease their isolation, there will be more spaces opening and we will all get to specialize more, focusing on serving our exact communities.”
“Melissa Hope is director of operations of Vancouver’s not-for-profit coworking and community space The Hive. In the two and a half years since she’s been with The Hive, Hope said she’s seen the coworking community in Vancouver grow.
“There’s been a growth in the variety of coworking spaces available and the number of spaces as well as the awareness of it amongst both non-coworkers and coworkers,” she said.”