We are happy to announce that it is official: Neighbour Lab is a cooperative!
Why a cooperative, you ask? It is the business model that best reflects how we already operate as a team: we make decisions in a democratic way, we focus on collaboration with other organizations and we are driven community-oriented goals. We are currently a worker-owned cooperative and are hoping to soon expand the membership to include community members who support our projects and would like to be involved with the organization's activities. If this sounds like you, please take this 2 minute survey to help us make the best membership model we can!
Exactly a year after winning the Resilient CommUnity Design Challenge, we have installed our very first Neighbour Hub on Leonard Street, Victoria.
This Neighbour Hub was co-created alongside neighbours from the Leonard Street block watch and Shift Collaborative’s Building Resilient Neighbourhoods initiative. After a four-month design process, the project was met with immense excitement and a wonderful turnout at the unveiling party on March 31. We are grateful for everyone who attended, from near and far, to support us on such an exciting day. We had lots of media interest, including from Global News, Chek News and others who appreciated a story about practical solutions and community building. A special thank you to the Leonard Street residents, Building Resilient Neighbourhoods, Victoria Ready, and Neolithic Studio for helping to bring this project to life, and to the My Great Neighbourhood Grant Program and Embark Sustainability's Social Innovation Seed Fund for funding the project.