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COWORKING SPACE | CENTRE FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

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Our vision is more collaboration. More impact.

theDock is a home for community builders, social entrepreneurs, creatives and engaged people. We provide a platform for groups to experiment, blend sectors, and uncover innovations to manifest a more caring, resilient, and abundant future. We are a vibrant, collaborative, co-working, social impact hub! Work from our bright and beautiful space in the heart of downtown Victoria, which has south facing windows, secure bike storage, a self-serve cafe and lots of other great amenities! Feel like working from home, but with the benefit of meeting great people.

Located on Cormorant Street, close to City Hall, an effective space for small businesses, non profits, and entrepreneurs to work effectively amongst like-minded people in a variety of fields related to #health #education #social finance #technology #the environment #First Nations. We recognize that we live and work on unceded Coast Salish Territories*, specifically of the Lekwungen and W_SÁNEC peoples. We honour the history and strengths of the Coast Salish peoples and their teachings.

We have room for you in a mix of open coworking space, closed door offices, lounges, and meeting rooms. Look for pricing here.

We offer:

  • 10 normal size offices (3-4 desks each)
  • 3 small offices (2 desks)
  • 1 large office (5 desks)
  • 15 coworking spots
  • 12 dedicated desks
  • 1 very large boardrooms for up to 30 - 40 persons each, adjoinable into a 1000 sq foot classroom/event space
  • 1 smaller boardroom for up to 15 persons
  • 2 small meeting rooms for 3-6 persons each

All board and meeting rooms are also available for external bookings.  

We aim to include all sectors and communities working towards positive social change in our society.  The Dock always looks for potential new members and organizations which represent the diversity of our community.

space features & benefits:

  • Use of our kitchen equipped with an espresso machine & lounge area
  • free coffee and tea
  • Secure bike storage
  • 24/7 security pass
  • Metered parking out front
  • Pet friendly environment
  • High quality HVAC air system
  • Natural light from south facing windows and skylights
  • Central location in the heart of downtown opposite of City Hall
  • Health and wellness room
  • Meeting rooms with projector or LED TV
  • Unlimited high-speed wireless internet (150 Mbps)
  • Print & Copy services, $0.10 (B&W), $0.25 (colour)

* The term Coast Salish is used to encompass a number of Indigenous peoples, including Esquimalt, Hul’qumi’num, Klahoose, Lekwungen (Songhees), MALAXEt, Musqueam, OStlq’emeylem, Pentlatch, Scia’new (Beecher Bay), Sliammon, Shishalh, Skxwú7mesh-ulh Úxwumixw, Stó:lo, Straits, Tsleil-Waututh, T’Sou-ke, W_SÁNEC (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum), and Xwemalhkwu.


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what makes us unique

theDock Victoria is a social enterprise that fosters collaboration and innovation between segments in our community and beyond. At its heart it is a co-working space with members curated across sectors, that share an interest in social good. We foster informal connection, hosting events and making connections, with the aim of increasing the impact of our members through more efficient connection.

We offer more than just a desk. We offer a curated space full of like-minded community-builders, looking to collaborate and share expertise to enable each other’s projects and address community needs. We actively seek out groups and individuals from across sectors, and do our best to avoid collecting a group from any one paradigm. In short - our membership makes us unique, and the interactions they have are the fruit.

 

  theory of change 

We are employing a theory of change developed by the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, along with aspects from Social Venture Network, mixed with on-the-ground knowledge from our members’ experiences in our community.

We begin by opening a physical space for members of our community, and from outside communities, to come to work and meet on a regular basis. The space is bright and positive with systems and spaces not be available to smaller sized organizations. The physical space is our anchor, our place in the world from where we launch, a recognized address for groups; leaving their bedroom and basement offices, for a boardroom table.

Then, we fill this space with incredible members from across sectors; placing them shoulder to shoulder in a shared space. We curate these members to achieve a diversity of voices that brings new connections, and new ideas from outside traditional sectoral paradigms as they bump into each other on a daily basis - build friendships and bonds of trust. We include nonprofits, charities, for-profits, entrepreneurs and activists working in areas from health and education to arts and environment. When ages, genders, issues or cultures feel lacking we do our best to include them by offering sponsored desks that support inclusion.

Finally, we play. We animate the space with informal events and semi-guided conversations that expose where our groups, and our community, is struggling, and where we have great skills and assets. These subtle interventions along with access to workshops and courses will form opportunities for collaboration that are not imposed, but gently exposed. This work will be ongoing, and largely undirected, springing up when needs arise.

 

  vision & beliefs

Our vision is more collaboration, more impact. We are a home for community builders, social entrepreneurs, creatives and engaged people; a platform for groups to experiment, blend sectors, and discover innovations to manifest a more caring, resilient, and abundant future. We believe:

  •  We collectively possess the means to overcome our greatest challenges.
  •  Honest relationships are crucial to meaningful collaboration, and social change.   
  •  A sharing, cooperative, resilient economy is viable and pragmatic.
  •  Diversity is critical to good decisions.
  •  A living wage, affordable housing, and health care access are basic rights.
  •  Income inequality is growing and this matters.
  •  Homelessness is not acceptable.
  •  Climate change and ecological degradation is kind of a big deal.
  •  Inclusion of First Nations Peoples' cultures and traditional wisdom must be  recognized as a primary indicator of community health.

 

  governance

theDock is a shareholder corporation. In June of 2015, members that were mooring at theDock were offered the opportunity to purchase shares. In true social enterprise fashion, investments were made in the spirit of community: all profits are reinvested in theDock in order to expand services to our members and the communities they serve. There are currently 5 shareholders:

Kim Hardy, Dan Pollock, Lee Sentes, and Kerri Klein.


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Visit our blog DockBiscuits to find out more about coworking life in downtown Victoria. 

Our member Alison Edwards is blogging about where to find the best lunch places around theDock.


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