Civekos is a new way of living in community. It creates spaces for people to live, learn, interact and grow. It connects people to their surrounding neighborhoods. And in particular, Civekos creates affordable and useful places for social benefit professionals to live and cultivate their contribution to society.
Lately, we are experimenting with the name and working with “Togetherment” as an alternative to the concept of living in an apart-ment. Get it? Ha ha…maybe too cute, maybe just right.
While at the Harvard Kennedy School in the fall of 2017, I have been working on the project to move it from a back-burner into a real state of motion. I am building the model, the description, and the research to be able to pitch it to some funders by the end of this year.
In working with Carl Byers, Associate Professor and instructor of MLD-829 (Entrepreneurial Finance) at the Kennedy School, I have developed the idea further. The main suggestion he has had is to split the property management company from the real estate holding company. That way there could be more of a for-profit side managing things and the non-profit side would hold the properties in trust, and/or acquire and receive them.
We are a winner! Won second place in the class pitch contest – thank you to our fans in MLD-829
Heres’ the latest regarding the pitch contest, with the v3 deck
Here’s one of the entries describing the concept, provisionally called TOGETHERMENT. There is a slide deck there for you to review.
For one of my classes (MLD-836 with Jim Bildner of the Kresge Foundation), I developed more of the project and generated some new descriptions and observations.
Take a look at these entries:
Civekos will create affordable housing lodges in cities across the country to be micro-communities for social benefit professionals like many of the attendees here today. Some large organizations like City Year, or Teach for America do not provide housing. Civekos will be a partner to offer a superior option to staff, and be a successful housing provider because of its strong brand that aligns with the needs of the residents in a novel way.
Imagine you are a committed social benefit professional – with a new job in a new city where you will be making the world a better place. You are unfamiliar with the transit system, where to shop, where to go out. In a civekos lodge, you will find comrades committed to social causes. You will make friends, be supported professionally and have an entrée into the local community. Civekos will help you balance your altruistic professional efforts with a safe, nurturing, and environmentally positive living arrangement.
Many people who are non-profit-oriented do find each other and live together in apartments or even in cooperative houses. There are many cooperatives across the country, however, there is no coordinated connection with social benefit organizations. All members of civekos lodges will agree to an organization-wide mission statement, however, each lodge will have a specific program connecting to the local community to host events, provide educational services, and to provide space for a local social enterprise. The structured activities energize the residents and the surrounding community.
The benefits of living in a civekos lodge are: affordability, security, environmental and social benefit focus, camaraderie and professional synergies, and integration with the community. Each lodge will be set up and facilitated by the core Civekos organization, but subsequently operate autonomously.
Civekos seeks $50,000 for a preliminary incubation period to proceed with market research on identifying partners and the basic requirements of our future tenants. We need to secure funding for the first lodges – whether they be through leases, joint ventures, or otherwise. We want to open the first pilot project in June, 2012.
Here’s the slideshow:
Here are some older iterations for the record.
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