Introducing 10 Carden - A Shared Community Space

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Written by Guelph Civic League

For connection. For collaboration. For learning. And most importantly, for incubating new ideas, innovations and approaches. Join us and see what happens when creative minds come together.

Located directly across from new City Hall, 10 Carden is a new not-for-profit enterprise. It's a shared office space and a great presentation venue. It's a small business incubator serving for-profit AND not-for-profit organizations. It's a "community hub". It's a space we want you to see.

As the project gears up for launch, we are having three public information sessions. The purpose of the sessions is to introduce you to the space, discuss our vision for the space and gather input regarding your specific needs. A rate card and membership agreements will be available at the public meetings. Space rentals are available immediately, and co-working space usage commencing on January 1st, 2009.

Information Sessions:
Saturday, November 29
10:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday, December 4
3:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday, December 13
1:00pm - 3:00pm

at of course, 10 Carden Street, in downtown Guelph.
www.10carden.ca | 519.780.5030.

10 Carden sounds interesting - how does it work?
10 Carden will be geared primarily towards those working in the "social change" sector. This is broadly defined as those working to make our city and/or world a better place (as well as those interested in supporting such work.) Members of the facility will be able to drop in on a casual or regular basis and work in a flexible and comfortable space. Wireless internet, printing, photocopying, voicemail, post-mail service, file storage, coffee/tea and other office amenities are all part of the package.

The flexible space at 10 Carden is the ideal location for
board meetings, workshops and large presentations, smaller scale meetings and working sessions of 5-6 people, as well as collaborative and individual work. You can tailor use of the space to your specific needs.

Who can use 10 Carden?
10 Carden is ideal for individuals, not-for-profits, businesses and groups. The Guelph Civic League will be a key tenant. Several others have already joined. You should be next. We envision all kinds of citizens - researchers, professionals, artists, freelancers, consultants, writers, students, mentors and volunteers working side by side. There is an infinite potential for collaboration. The benefits are endless.

What are the costs?
You'll pay a membership and then a monthly fee based on your anticipated uses and individual needs. OR you can pay as you go for hot desk or meeting space only. The membership and monthly space sharing fees will be confirmed at the information sessions and start as low as $20.00 per month. Members also receive greatly reduced rates on the full space bookings (for evening and weekend events). Guelph Civic League members will also receive a $10.00 discount on their 10 Carden membership.

10 Carden will be great for Guelph
There's already a proven model - the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. It's a fabulous concept that was quickly embraced by the social change community in Toronto. The same will happen here. Find out how you can be a part of it.

The 10 Carden project is supported by: Council of Canadians, Guelph Urban Forest Friends, Wellington Water Watchers, Sierra Club, Eden Mills Carbon Neutrals, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Guelph Environmental Leadership, Unitarian Congregation of Guelph, Guelph Wellington Coalition for Social Justice, and others.

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  1. Posted by: George on Nov 27, 2008 @ 2:05pm

    Interesting idea at a reasonable price, I like it!

    I have to say, I do like that idea that a price is being charged for a couple reasons. First, it will ensure only people who are serious about being there are there, last thing you need are people hanging around a professional space who don't need to be there. Second, money can be used for upgrades.

  2. Posted by: Wow. on Nov 28, 2008 @ 10:59am

    I think it is insulting to say that only "serious" people are willing/able to pay fees. There are a lot of serious community groups who are dedicated and passionate people, but do not have much money and may not be able to pay this fee.

  3. Posted by: itshardtopost on Nov 28, 2008 @ 9:35pm

    If a community group can't afford $20 per month, I seriously doubt how serious they could possibly be.

  4. Posted by: Jammin' on Nov 30, 2008 @ 11:55pm

    If a dedicated and passionate community groups wants somewhere to meet to discuss their next bake sale fundraiser, then they can meet at the library or any other free meeting area out there. If a group needs access to a bit more of a professional environment and some technology then damn right they better pay a premium for it.

    Don't be looking for things to be insulted by Wow

  5. Posted by: libertarian_1 on Dec 2, 2008 @ 12:04am

    behold! 10 carden st...

    advancing business synergies across operating systems while enhancing integrations to create dynamic solutions streaming innovation! at the same time operating to deliver distinct capabilities to update your unique flow management! and let's not forget about analysing point delta hyphen cash money!

  6. Posted by: Wow. on Dec 2, 2008 @ 5:07pm

    Yes .. let us not forget about point delta hyphen cash money...

    Really libertarian ... do you take yourself seriously? I think your idea of a witty response is writing as many neo-liberal nonsense words as you can in one sentence, and then posting that.

    itshardtopost ... so, poor people don't work hard, and are not serious?

    Jammin, really, you make comebacks easy. Why don't we make people pay to use libraries as well while we're at it? They are professional spaces with technology too, aren't they? I've always though of libraries as deviant, socialist institutions anyways.

  7. Posted by: Libertarian_2 on Dec 3, 2008 @ 6:34am

    re: wow

    the whole point of my last post WAS to be obscure. i was making a joke. perhaps next time i'll start with "why did the chicken cross the road" to make it a little more obvious to you.

  8. Posted by: Libertarian_3 on Dec 3, 2008 @ 6:42am

    10 carden st...

    "for connection. for collaboration. for learning. and most importantly, for incubating new ideas, innovations and approaches. join us and see what happens when creative minds come together."

    ...in other words, don't bother coming out wow.

  9. Posted by: Wow. on Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:37am

    My Dear Libertarian Friend,

    Considering you take the time to post Rand quotes, I don't think it was a bad assumption to consider your previous statement a "serious" one. FYI, when you are trying to make a joke, other people should first of all be able to understand it and second of all, people other than yourself should laugh. Perhaps you should practice a few next time, before you post them online. Just an idea.

  10. Posted by: Wow. on Dec 3, 2008 @ 11:49am

    10 Carden Street,

    "...will be geared primarily towards those working in the "social change" sector. This is broadly defined as those working to make our city and/or world a better place (as well as those interested in supporting such work."

    Sorry, I don't think Libertarians fall under this category. Perhaps you should just stay home and continue to add to the Ayn Rand Wikipedia page.

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