I am co-founder and member of The Common Room, a recent community initiative which is on the way to transforming St Lawrence’s church into a new type of shared space, made and shaped collectively by the community, and run on the principles of collaboration, connection and resourcefulness.
With a co-operative membership model anyone can have access to the space, to meet people, experiment with ideas and start new projects. If you become a founding member, membership is free from August 2013 to March 2014.
The Common Room is more than a coffee shop, restaurant, gallery or theatre, more than a traditional community centre, club house or office. You might pop in to make yourself a cup of tea have a chat and read your emails. Bring a dish and share a meal with others. Learn how to fix your bike, or the toaster. Or try and build your next big invention. We have already had some great and inspiring prototype events.
Great ideas, projects and enterprises seldom originate from a single person working in isolation. For stimulation, enthusiasm and collaboration we need to work in an environment full of people, ideas, learning, conversation … and lots of cups of tea.
Whether you are a local shopkeeper or business; a grower of plants, networks or ideas; a young person looking for inspiration & enterprise know-how; a freelancer or home-based worker; retired, but not tired; a maker, designer, crafter, artist or fixer; or a parent looking after young children. The Common Room could be just such a space.
The idea of the Common Room is that it could be a social engine room for developing your ideas and projects. What happens here is up to you…
The Common Room
St Lawrence Church
St. Benedict’s Street,
Norfolk, NR2 3PE