Coworking spaces are hot right now. Denver has a network of such spaces, places with names like Creative Density and The Desk. These are converted houses or rehabbed industrial buildings that offer shared workspace to entrepreneurs, nonprofits and startups. Members work side-by-side in a cubicle-free environment, sharing office equipment, food and often a game of kickball after hours. One of the most venerable of these enterprises is Green Spaces, a coworking space with a focus on environmentally-sustainable business that has been operating in both Denver and New York City for several years. Tonight, it will celebrate its anniversary with music, food, drinks and (as always) networking. See also: - Green Spaces Full Moon Harvest Festival - Best Workspace for Greenies - 2010 - Tonight: CHOMP Vegan Supper Club at Green Spaces
"I started Green Spaces because I wanted to have a space for all these different green and socially-conscious entrepreneurs to work together and share ideas," says Jennie Nevin, the company's founder and a former senior investment specialist at Merrill Lynch who opened the first Green Spaces in New York City in 2008. "About a year-and-a-half after starting it, I moved to Denver. We were looking at opening up around the country, which we're now looking at again. We're looking at places in California, Florida and on the East Coast." And why was the first offshoot here? "It seemed like there was a lot of entrepreneurial activity happening in Denver," Nevin notes. "It also had a good lifestyle. So, I felt like it had the right mix." The anniversary party will include live-streaming video from both the Denver and New York locations, a brief history of the company, a live band, a live painter and a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit GreenLeaf, a local nonprofit and member of Green Spaces that engages Denver youth in urban agriculture projects. The party is free for Green Spaces members, and open to the public at $20 per ticket -- but that includes food and drink, plus an after-party at the Meadowlark. If you're interested in attending, you can RSVP on the eventbrite page.
Green Spaces founder Jennie Nevin hangs out with her dog, Hobbes.