The Prairie Hub


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an incubator for young social innovators in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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The Prairie Hub

  1. 1. the Prairie Hub Cultivate. Collaborate. Innovate. an initiative supported by iNSPiRED PRACTiCE
  2. 2. Social Innovation <ul><li>evolves from new combinations or hybrids of </li></ul><ul><li>existing elements </li></ul><ul><li>is rooted in a process of cutting across </li></ul><ul><li>organizational, sectoral & disciplinary boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>creates compelling new relationships between </li></ul><ul><li>previously separate individuals & groups </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Concept <ul><li>the Hub’s core product is flexible membership </li></ul><ul><li>of inspirational and highly resourced habitats </li></ul><ul><li>for social innovators </li></ul><ul><li>to work, meet, learn and realize progressive ideas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Intent <ul><li>to inspire and support </li></ul><ul><li>social innovators </li></ul><ul><li>to realize imaginative initiatives for </li></ul><ul><li>a radically better world </li></ul>
  5. 5. Our Values <ul><li>Courage. A culture that supports the risk-taking involved in leading through doing. </li></ul><ul><li>Conviviality. An enabling organization that thrives on generosity of spirit and interdependence . </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination. Seeing things not as they are, but as they could be. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Our Target <ul><li>attract members </li></ul><ul><li>with a strong motivation </li></ul><ul><li>to deliver blended value </li></ul><ul><li>to the world </li></ul>
  7. 7. Our Offering <ul><li>We’ve borrowed from the best of a </li></ul><ul><li>friendly café , independent cinema , </li></ul><ul><li>professional office & the comforts of home… </li></ul><ul><li>to create </li></ul><ul><li>new kinds of work and social space </li></ul>
  8. 8. Our Offering <ul><li>Attracting </li></ul><ul><li>unusual talent with good ideas for the world </li></ul><ul><li>Incubating </li></ul><ul><li>innovators by leveraging knowledge, capital & networks </li></ul><ul><li>Prototyping </li></ul><ul><li>radical innovations </li></ul><ul><li>Venturing </li></ul><ul><li>market facing opportunities for inter-disciplinary talent </li></ul>
  9. 9. People <ul><li>who are working or interested in working across traditional boundaries </li></ul><ul><li>who are combining old and new models to add blended-value to our community </li></ul><ul><li>whose primary work contributes to building a better world – one that is just, healthy, inclusive, sustainable, imaginative & community-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>who are entrepreneurs, artists, designers, architects, advocates, educators, planners and practitioners from all walks of life and from a variety of sectors </li></ul>
  10. 10. Where Have All the Young People Gone? <ul><li>the Prairie Hub in Winnipeg serves young people </li></ul><ul><li>Gen Yers and late-Xers </li></ul><ul><li>who feel there is no place for them here </li></ul><ul><li>to shape a community that offers </li></ul><ul><li>the kinds of opportunities they wish to seize </li></ul>
  11. 11. Things to do. Ideas to realize. <ul><li>the kinds of people drawn to The Hub are those </li></ul><ul><li>working across different fields </li></ul><ul><li>designing places and spaces </li></ul><ul><li>advancing corporate responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>deploying art for social change </li></ul><ul><li>creating sustainable product design </li></ul><ul><li>empowering participatory dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>enhancing communications </li></ul><ul><li>rethinking international development </li></ul><ul><li>promoting health and wellbeing </li></ul>
  12. 12. Our Approach <ul><li>offers resources, space and networks </li></ul><ul><li>to ensure young people can </li></ul><ul><li>create their own opportunities </li></ul>
  13. 13. Our Approach <ul><li>Creating the conditions for </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Serendipity & </li></ul><ul><li>Emergence’ </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Business Model <ul><li>the Hub as an enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>revenue is generated through </li></ul><ul><li>tenancy </li></ul><ul><li>rental of meeting space to the larger community </li></ul><ul><li>consulting offered to emerging collaborative projects </li></ul>
  15. 15. Elements <ul><li>build a membership base of a diverse array of young people spanning many fields and communities </li></ul><ul><li>flexible price membership according to time and not space allocation </li></ul><ul><li>provide leading edge ICT infrastructure with user-friendly interfaces </li></ul><ul><li>provide ‘hosts’ and ‘animators’ who are accessible and characterized by an interest in ‘making things possible’ and facilitating connections </li></ul><ul><li>design physical features that nourish the human spirit and respond to an expanded conception of work including informal spaces to eat, meet, read and relax </li></ul>
  16. 16. More Elements <ul><li>vary the type of spaces ranging from public to private, autonomous to participatory, formal to informal, focused to stimulating </li></ul><ul><li>draw energy from combined heat and power systems running on geothermal energy and incorporating micro-generation into the building fabric </li></ul><ul><li>use intelligent technology in appliances and installations that facilitates sustainable behaviour change </li></ul><ul><li>set up with durable, low-emission finished material, and design them for future disassembly, reuse & recycling </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Role of Mentoring <ul><li>a framework within which established innovators </li></ul><ul><li>play the role of </li></ul><ul><li>mentoring young innovators </li></ul><ul><li>sharing collective wisdom, expertise and experience </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Teacher Becomes The Student <ul><li>young innovators generate </li></ul><ul><li>new energy and possibilities </li></ul><ul><li>for established innovators </li></ul><ul><li>and keep them engaged in the community </li></ul>
  19. 19. Value Creation <ul><li>from a member’s perspective </li></ul>
  20. 20. Value Creation <ul><li>from a founder’s perspective </li></ul>
  21. 21. An Opportunity for Young People <ul><li>young, ambitious people </li></ul><ul><li>here and everywhere </li></ul><ul><li>need a place to connect, build community, </li></ul><ul><li>initiate ideas, mobilize themselves and </li></ul><ul><li>pursue new ventures </li></ul>
  22. 22. An Opportunity for Winnipeg <ul><li>Winnipeg has a tremendous opportunity to develop highly </li></ul><ul><li>resourced, flexible and safe spaces </li></ul><ul><li>it is in these spaces that established and young social </li></ul><ul><li>innovators can become empowered to </li></ul><ul><li>dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>take risks </li></ul><ul><li>collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>test out ideas </li></ul>
  23. 23. Welcome to the Hub Network <ul><li>The London Hub (United Kingdom) </li></ul><ul><li>O Hub (Sao Paulo, Brazil) </li></ul><ul><li>The Cairo Hub (Egypt) </li></ul><ul><li>The Hub Rotterdam (the Netherlands) </li></ul><ul><li>The Self Hub (Berlin, Germany) </li></ul><ul><li>The Hub Halifax (Nova Scotia) </li></ul>
  24. 24. Variations on a Theme <ul><li>These enterprises operate on a model very </li></ul><ul><li>similar to The Hub. </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Social Innovation (Toronto, ON) </li></ul><ul><li>Workspace (Vancouver, BC) </li></ul><ul><li>Tantramar Commons (Sackville, NB) </li></ul>
  25. 25. Virtual Tour: The London Hub
  26. 26. <ul><li>a permanent </li></ul><ul><li>project desk </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>a suite of </li></ul><ul><li>computers with </li></ul><ul><li>leading-edge </li></ul><ul><li>software </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><li>the showcase </li></ul>where members can exhibit or share information about themselves and their work
  29. 29. <ul><li>a flexible </li></ul><ul><li>hot-desk </li></ul><ul><li>for those </li></ul><ul><li>who want </li></ul><ul><li>to book </li></ul><ul><li>time not </li></ul><ul><li>space </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>project storage </li></ul><ul><li>to house </li></ul><ul><li>tools and ideas </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>meeting and media </li></ul><ul><li>rooms to convene </li></ul><ul><li>and collaborate </li></ul>
  32. 32. <ul><li>On-site </li></ul><ul><li>resource </li></ul><ul><li>centre </li></ul><ul><li>and kitchen </li></ul><ul><li>for </li></ul><ul><li>serendipitous </li></ul><ul><li>coffee </li></ul><ul><li>conversations </li></ul>
  33. 33. Virtual Tour: Centre for Social Innovation <ul><li>a welcoming </li></ul><ul><li>environment </li></ul><ul><li>that redefines </li></ul><ul><li>workspace </li></ul>
  34. 34. Spaces to work…
  35. 35. … meet…
  36. 36. … eat, read and relax.
  37. 37. Spaces for conversation and collaboration
  38. 38. a living wall
  39. 39. … and sustainable rooftop garden
  40. 40. Inspired? <ul><li>Reach us at </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Check out our blog at </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>