What a kick-ass event!
Two weeks ago, the Coliving Hub team gathered 50 coliving industry leaders, operators, and enthusiasts into one room (and many bars) for two days, fostering connection and knowledge around the coliving experts of tomorrow.
During this weekend-long conference, a lot has been talked about.
Mostly, the knowledge exchanged was very on-hand and practical - from how to build community over to how to get grants and market rural coliving spaces, there has been a wide range of information.
Here are the highlights of this conference, sorted by speech and presentation. Definitely a few golden nuggets in there 😋
On Building Community
“Real community is always self-driven.”
- Nikita Kuimov, Smena Station
They both launched Smena station two years back. Fun story - the first coliving space was a one-month program that was offered for free on a donation basis. Not only did it fill up, but it also became profitable from month one.
Since then, Smena Station has been launched in 8 different locations with the help of local organizers and connectors. The way it works: only participants who attended a Smena retreat can be eligible to open a new location or be facilitators. This ensures that each retreat adopts to similar principles and allows Smena to grow without the founders needing to be physically present.
Other key insights from their talk:
And lastly, there is a lot of room for retreats. As they said: “There is a lot of places of us. Giants of coliving do not cover all the needs of communal living.”
On Grants & Funding
“When you’re a first mover, use the opportunity.”
- Julianne Becker, Coconat
When Julianne opened Coconat in Germany two years back, she was the first one in her town of Bad Belzig (only 11,240 people living there). Here are a few of her best practices on how to gain traction and integrate locally:
Lastly, promote your space before you open it. While Coconat has been opened for 2 years only, Julianne has been promoting it for 6 years, which made it well-known until now.
On Coliving Statistics
Here are the highlights:
On the Responsibility of Operators
“Our customers live in our stores.”
- Jeremiah Adler, UP(st)ART
Jeremiah founded UP(st)ART, a coliving collective dedicated to artists in Los Angeles. Its goal: to allow anyone to move with $1000 in their pocket to a new location, without suffering from high housing prices and lack of community.
Since its creation a few years back, UP(st)ART is the home of more than 300 artists, offers pod-style accommodation, recording and video studios, dance classes and community events, and even its own award show.
A few key insights from Jeremiah’s talk were about the responsibility of coliving operators:
After all, coliving is about human connection. “Sleeping next to other people leads to a 50% reduction of loneliness” explained Jeremiah, and it’s up to coliving operators to increase residents’ well-being through a strong experience and safe container.
On Operations & Development
The conference included a few other talks from an amazing diversity of speakers. Here are some other key highlights:
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