There is something special that happens when like-minded or like-missioned organizations work under one roof.
The opportunity for collaboration happens organically, often around the coffee machine. A person from one organization mentions an opportunity they have, and a person from another organization knows someone that would be the perfect fit for that opportunity.
We liken our building to an ecosystem: we're all working on our own things, but they support each other in some way, and contribute to the overall goal of making Manitoba a better place to live for everyone.
While we who work at the SEC see the benefits and realize a set up like this makes sense, we're one of a few shared social purpose work environments in Canada, and the only formal one in Winnipeg.
To learn more about shared spaces and social purpose real estate, read Tides Canada's paper on what is currently happening, as well as what could happen, here.