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September 9, 2019 by Leena Waite0

Every now and then, we like to give folks a peek behind the curtain on what’s going on in the membership world. Afterall, we really don’t want NCN to be the best kept secret. So, what are people talking about? What information is being shared? Would you benefit from this community?

The answers are “a lot” and “yes.”

On our listserv, the hot topics this summer have been about booking software, amenities for staff, owning vs. leasing your building and various policy requests.

In this year’s state of the sector (report coming out this fall!), we heard a lot more from centers identifying as coworking spaces, having coworking space, or wanting to implement coworking space in their center. We’ve also seen an uptick in shared services being used or the desire to start offering that at their center.

Regarding the latter, NCN heard that interest earlier on and created Rethinking Overhead: Daring to Share Resources. We also had an Ask-NCN live member call on the topic, hosted a webinar on Fiscal Sponsorship, and held a free Rethinking Overhead preview webinar.

We hear the questions coming our way and plan our accordingly. From our latest poll on topics for this year’s Ask-NCN Live Member-only calls, so far members have a strong interest in talking about coworking, revenue generators (outside of rent), current challenges, governance and software booking platforms. These conversations are an hour-long informal way for members to dig in on a topic, sprinkled throughout the year. Members long for some form of in person connection mixed with knowledge, and this platform allows for that.

When we need to dig deeper, we invite experts as panelists for webinars. So far we plan to talk about social impact and community bonds, both with experts in US and Canada. In the new year, as is custom every couple of years, we will showcase what’s new in the software booking platform world. Dates are still coming together, and 2 more webinar topics are being formulated for 2020, so stay tuned!

This is all to say, our members help drive our programming. Their interests become our interests, and we seek to help them solve their challenges in this niche world of sharing space and resources.

Wishing you could have access to these fine folks, their experience and their knowledge, or that you could contribute to the conversation around the sharing economy? Please join us! Give NCN a call or check out membership benefits here. We don’t think you’ll regret it.

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About Our Blogger:

Leena Waite

Leena Waite manages NCN’s membership network, connecting individuals and organizations with the resources they need from the exploratory stage to the established, as centers and/or shared service providers. In addition, she works with NCN’s consulting team to help clients find innovative and practical solutions to their nonprofit challenges through shared resources. Before NCN, Leena was the Director of Volunteer Management and Educational Programming for five years at America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR), a New Jersey based non-profit that grows and gleans fresh produce for hunger agencies and food desert areas across the state. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Children’s Ministries of Chatham Township and the Healthy Choices Coordinator at the Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center in Morristown, NJ. She received a Masters of Arts in Ministry from Drew Theological School and continues to make use of her music degrees from Carnegie Mellon University (BFA) and the University of Michigan (MM and Masters in Improvisation) as a freelance violinist in the Denver area.


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