C for Co-Living

Millennials have specific needs regarding housing and entrepreneurship.  They have passion, ideas and a yearning to change the world, but lack the professional connections and empowering network to support them in their endeavours.  There is a “growing need to design learning-cultures that support the complexity and practical necessity for social innovation.” (source)

Co-living creates hotbeds of innovation: intentional living spaces that foster a collaborative spirit, empowering young entrepreneurs.  They are formed and organized by the residents themselves, and hold regular meetings to make collective decisions through democratic and consensus-based processes.

Nest Copenhagen is an example of one such space.  Inspired by entrepreneur-oriented collective houses in San Fransisco and Stockholm, Nest Copenhagen launched in April 2014 with 19 residents.  It is not a co-working space, nor a start-up incubator; rather, it endeavours to “create the best possible home for entrepreneurs to live full and happy lives” where “everything is achievable with the help of a few fellow dreamers” (source).

“You are the average of the people you gather around you…so we made a home for the creators of tomorrow.”

Nest Copenhagen is part of a growing network of co-living residences with similar ambitions.  In fact, Nest’s founders have indicated that they intend to expand their brand and concept to other cities including Århus and Paris, once they have refined their model in Copenhagen.

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References:

Nest Copenhagen homepage
Interview with the founders of Nest Copenhagen
Black Box Mansion
(San Francisco), a tech start-up incubator
Hus 24 (Stockholm), a co-living space
The co.space (State College, PA) a co-living space

 Other links of interest:

NY Times Article on Intentional Communities in the San Francisco Area
The Embassy Network, a service that seeks to connect would-be residents with unique intentional communities

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