This event seeks to see if the FunkySpaces group informal and co-operative format would add value to existing organisations and networks of support for venue managers in Manchester.
Funky Spaces is described as 'a platform for work, event and community spaces with a commitment to 'doing good' and a certain sparkle that makes them special'. It seems likely that 'making' and 'live/work' spaces may soon also feature.
Whilst the FunkySpaces website is clearly and rightly seen as a marketing tool, we are clear that it is no mere directory but 'a learning not a listing'. Funky Space members commit to meeting up, learning from and supporting each other. Our collective aim is to make sure people who need Funky Space, can find the one most suited to their needs
At this event you will have a chance to interrrogate Mike Zeidler about how it works in Bristol, what the challenges and opportunities are, and to explore how it might come to life in Manchester.
A bit of background:
In 2006, a group of people who ran shared office spaces got together to explore how best to learn from each other, support each other with cross referrals and serve the public/our clients better together. The idea came about because Mike Zeidler believed collaboration would grow the market for everyone, where aggressive competition would not.
Today, the market has mushroomed and it's clear that FunkySpaces type venues play a vital role in supporting changemakers and catalysing practical action.
With his strong interest in networks of networks and an increasingly national focus through his work with the Association of Sustainability Practitioners and Happy City Initiative, Mike felt it was time to see if the FunkySpaces format would be well received elsewhere.
He commissioned research into Manchester, Cardiff and Brighton which suggest the discussion is worth having.
Mike Zeidler has over 30 years of hands-on experience in creating, coordinating and managing communities of interest, always as a facilitator of peer to peer learning. He set up the UK's second 'Hub' (now known as 'Impact Hubs') in Bristol in 2006, which was what prompted the FunkySpaces Group into existance.