From the mouths of social innovators

Walking around barefooted, stopping into the basement for a yoga session or petting the dog of a co-tenant on the third floor of Innovation Works all help van der Nickolaas van der Veld take proper breaks to perform at his best.

“I was next to some of the initial conversations about Innovation Works and what it may look like, and I fell in love with it. I’m like oh my god, this is a space designed for millennials!” says van der Velde. “This is almost like a village of social impact, or socially minded people. I love that.”

We know that the best co-working spaces are more than just tables and chairs.

When the social innovation shared space was just a dream … I only need look to Innovation Works as a key example of cross-sector collaboration.

“Spaces like this are going to make London a more thriving city and make more people want to stay,” says Tyler Bryden, founder of SixFive Interactive.

The longtime educator has been looking for ways to inspire students and create opportunities for them to grow and learn outside of a classroom.

It wasn’t long after I relocated to London that I heard through word of mouth about Innovation Works. After meeting with Zelda Brown, a co-tenant and the founder of Addventuresome Inc., she scheduled me for one of the weekly tours the following Wednesday night.

With an office filled with a mix of expertise, from web designers to clinicians and teachers, Melissa Taylor-Gates and her team at mindyourmind appreciate the differing perspectives they can give and recieve from co-tenants at Innovation Works in downtown London.

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For years, she was in charge of all aspects of construction. Paulette Soscia managed seven committees, ranging from interior design to IT to fundraising, which turned London’s co-working space, Innovation Works, into what it is today. 

Knowing it would be the only thing to get him out of his attic office, Marc Langlois moved his startup, Twelve Canada, to Innovation Works in downtown London.