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NCN’s community is full of brilliant social changemakers.

Sharing Innovation is our chance to give you the mic and inspire others who think the nonprofit sector should work differently. We want to speed up innovation in the way we do it best – sharing ideas.

What’s happening at Sharing Innovation?

You’ll hear from our most innovative speakers, rapid fire, TED-talk style, and come away with the latest tools that you can implement in your community. Vetted by a team of shared space experts, the final chosen speakers will have thirty minutes to share their vision and answer your questions.

Shared space and shared services are like the swiss army knives of the nonprofit sector. While it’s not quite one size fits all, it’s pretty close. We’ve seen our community use these resources to address food insecurity, homelessness, access to arts and culture, literacy – you name it.

Speakers will frame the problem that they’re addressing collectively and highlight how it challenges the status quo of the nonprofit sector.  They’ll tell their story in a way that helps you implement what they’re learning once you get back home.

What Do You Mean by “Innovation”?

Our world is changing at a quick pace, and that requires new strategies.  Nonprofits have been working together and sharing space long before coworking was cool. Necessity is the mother of invention, and nonprofits work at the intersection of high need and scare resources.

Here’s more about the eight innovative ideas you’ll hear about:

Theme: Technology for Collaboration

Tools for Nonprofit Managers for Visualizing, Measuring, and Building
Cross-Sector Collaborative Networks

Dr. Danielle Varda, University of Colorado,
Denver, CO

Dr. Danielle Varda from the Center on Network Science (CNS) at UCD’s School of Public Affairs will present two online tools that nonprofit managers can use to collect real-world data in their effort to build, manage, and evaluate cross-sector networks.

Community Developed
Collaborative Software for Nonprofits

Greg Bugbee and Dan Salazar, CCAT, Inc.

This concept of community developed collaborative software discovers needs and collaboratively develops Open Source technology solutions with the nonprofit community.

Theme: Adaptive Partnerships

How can Nonprofit Centers
Foster Catalytic Collaborations?
Reflections from the OpenGov Hub

Nada Zohdy, OpenGov Hub,
Denver, CO

Zohdy describes a framework she helped develop to think about nonprofit collaboration (called “Catalytic Collaboration”), and how OpenGov Hub has put this into practice and what they are learning so far.

Transactional to Transformational –
Building Trust to Strengthen a Community

Kathy Lanni, SEFCU 
Allison Schultz, Siena College

A case study of how a funder and a university moved from a transactional relationship to a deeper transformational partnership to build trust among a competitive nonprofit community.

Theme: Smart Growth

Know When to Hold ‘Em:
Strategies for Nonprofit Real Estate

Saul Ettlin, Northern California Community Loan Fund, CA

Nonprofits are at a deep disadvantage as they navigate commercial real estate markets in large metro areas. Ettlin addresses how creating nonprofit real estate holding entities can keep organizations in the communities that need them.

How Many Non-Profit Centers Do You Really Need?

Paul Evensen, Social Innovation St. Louis,
St. Louis, MO

A “hub and spoke” network is emerging in St Louis anchored by the redevelopment of a 500,000-sq. ft. historic hospital into a regional hub and national center.

Theme: Sustainability

Applying Biomimicry Principals for Shared Space Innovation

Katy Sheehan and Summer Hess,
Community Building

The Community Building Campus is a nonprofit center and small business incubator  focused on fostering growth and measuring success outside of traditional metrics

AC to DC Conversion

Sandy Vanderstoep, The Alliance Center,
Denver, CO

The Alliance Center has served as a community working at all levels to create a more sustainable world. Now with the AC/DC Conversion project, the building itself will be a model for future commercial to reduce their energy consumption.

See Inspiring Spaces

Denver is home to one of the largest concentrations of shared spaces in the United States. Here are some of the interesting models in the Denver Metro Area:

Rose Andom Center – A one-stop center for survivors of domestic violence that brings police and the District Attorney’s office under one roof and streamlines the process of prosecuting violent offenders.

Veteran Service Center – A one-stop human service center for veterans experiencing homelessness. At this space, veterans can be connected with rapid rehousing assistance, VA benefits, peer mentors, and more.

Posner Center for International Development – this theme center is home to over 60 organizations that are working to find collaborative solutions to global poverty.

The Alliance Center – the home of sustainability in Denver, this 40,000 square foot historic building is home to a mix of organizations, both nonprofit and for profit, that are working on solutions to keep our planet sustainable.

The Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits – What happens when four capacity building organizations need a new home and training center – collaboration.

EdXchange – Education policy shapes our future, and edXchange brings together a group of passionate organizations working on initiatives across the state into one shared space.

The Commons on Champa – Small businesses and social entrepreneurs get a leg up when they visit the Commons on Champa, a shared space that brings together city services and nonprofits that are focused on making Denver a great place to start a business!

Auraria Higher Education Campus – Even Universities can share space. Auraria Campus is home to three different universities who share things like the Student Union, classrooms, security, parking, and more.

Village Exchange Center – a collaborative community center co-locating programs critical to the refugee and immigrant communities.  We also offer space to the community to hold events, as well as multi-faith worship. In addition to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, we are home to multiple congregations comprised of refugees and immigrants from over 7 countries.

First 10 people to register receive a
FREE Virtual Boot Camp

Event Agenda:

Breakfast will begin at 8am.

The event will run 9am – 3:30pm, followed by an off-site happy hour at Wynkoop Brewery, 3:30-5pm.

For those who arrive the day before on November 8th, we will be providing a Shared Space map for folks to do a self-guided tour, between 1 and 5pm. We will also have a no-host happy hour/dinner, 5-7pm, at PS303, located at the intersection of 16th Street & Wewatta across from Union Station.

Denver Location Details:

The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80206

(We are one block from Union Station, which can be reached via the A Line from Denver International Airport.)

Thursday, November 9th (after Sharing Innovation)

Join us for off-site happy hour at Wynkoop Brewery, 1634 18th Street, Denver, CO 80202

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Wednesday, November 8th from 5-7pm

Join us for a no-host happy hour/dinner, at PS303, located at the intersection of 16th Street & Wewatta across from Union Station.

Where to Stay:

The Oxford Hotel is just two blocks away.  Save 10% off with link:  The Oxford Hotel  Rooms start at $279 per night

The Courtyard by Marriott Denver Downtown.  Reserve your room by October 12th and book at $190 a night for a two-night reservation. Rooms typically start at $249. To book your room Call the Marriott Denver Downtown at 303-571-1114 and ask for the Nonprofit Centers Network rate.

Can’t Make it to Denver?

Don’t fear, you can still participate!  For the first time ever, NCN is livestreaming this day of content. Just register for the livestream option, and you will be sent a link to stream the content to your computer.

The NCN community is full of passionate people doing unique work that strengthens and connects the nonprofit sector in their communities. Be inspired. Share your innovations.

LIVE in Denver!

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Early Rate EXTENDED to October 6th!


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Early Rate EXTENDED to October 6th!

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