Brief overview of Collaboration House project:
Collaboration House is an experimental initiative to explore how best to encourage and enable charities that have significant common interests to share resources and experience to help increase the impact of their work. The aim is to facilitate their enhanced cooperation and then to record it and the resultant benefits so this can be shared with others. This could have significant impact on the charitable sector worldwide if the effectiveness of this model could be demonstrated and we are looking for the right partners for this important experiment.
This process commenced a couple of years ago when the Fayre Share Foundation took a 6,500 sq ft building in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia (opposite Saatchi & Saatchi), called it Collaboration House and invited over a dozen charities from different faith communities to move in to the building without any cost or obligations on them. The only proviso would be that they agreed to collaborate with other charities co-located in the building. All rent, rates, electricity, internet, cleaning, maintenance costs etc, are paid for by the Foundation.
The space sets out to create a new eco-system with countless opportunities for these charities to work together more effectively. Charities including Faiths Forum for London, the Council of Christians and Jews and the Women’s Interfaith Network are able to share ideas, connections and collaborate on exciting projects to benefit interfaith relations throughout the country.
Based in buzzy Fitzrovia on Charlotte Street, we are currently experimenting with the space before it is transformed in 2016 with a specifically designed re-build, providing an environmentally friendly building with the ideal layout and facilities for all of those involved. Collaboration House will also contain a media hub allowing charities access to audio and video equipment to develop videos and podcasts, enabling them and their wider networks to have greater engagement via social media, which is especially important to developing new ways of reaching young people.