‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world;
indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.’
As one of the original voices of the coworking movement, Ashley has been building collaborative communities since 2003 in Toronto and Seattle. Ashley now resides in Vancouver to focus her energy on the 312 Main project. As an artist and serial entrepreneur, Ashley is in her element while destroying the term ‘impossible’ and creating opportunities for unexpected and meaningful human connections.
Through her organizations Foundery and Creative Blueprint, Ashley has been recognized as a leader in the coworking industry and she mentors emerging collaborative networks around the world to help create impactful community initiatives.
Ashley is also the Executive Producer of GCUC Canada (Global Coworking Unconference) and as one of the founding members of the Coworking Toronto and Coworking Ontario collectives, Ashley created COHIP — the world’s first Coworking Health Insurance Plan — providing accessible health and dental benefits for all independent workers in Canada.
Ashley is regularly invited to speak at international conferences and although she loves the opportunity to travel, she is happiest when leading a passionate and innovative team to inspire and empower creatively.
Vanessa Richards, born in Vancouver, first started working in the heart of the city in a Gastown restaurant while in high school. The DTES’s independent music and art scene of the 1980’s is where she began as a musician to understand the relationships between city planning, social change, and community. These days her practise is interdisciplinary and focuses on creativity and participatory culture as central to sustainability.
As a community engagement facilitator Vanessa has devised and delivered initiatives with The Portland Hotel Society, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Coastal Health, Public Dreams Society, Broadway Youth Resource Centre, The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver International Children’s Festival, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Capilano University, and Vancouver Park Board, among others. She is the founder and song leader for the Woodward’s Community Singers, a drop-in, no-cost, low-barrier choir, and director of Creative Together, a song based facilitation process.
Director of Technology
Jacob Sayles is our Director of Technology. With 20 years experience in software development and network administration, Jacob brings a wholistic problem solving strategy, a human-centered design philosophy, and a commitment to open source software to his role.
Jacob is a co-founder of Office Nomads and Coworking Seattle (now The Seattle Collaborative Space Alliance) and keynote alumni of Coworking Europe. In early 2012 he founded Open Coworking, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and facilitating greater collaboration between coworking spaces around the world. Open Coworking supports projects that demonstrate and emphasize the core coworking values of collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability.
Jacob loves nothing more than acting as a coworking ambassador, both internationally and locally. It allows him to combine his love of travel with his passion for coworking. He has visited spaces all over the world, forging connections and sharing experiences with each coworking community.
Director of Culture
iris aspires to work, play and live in a society based on equity, free from discrimination, full of compassion and activism.
Having spent all of her teenage and adult life working and volunteering within community and non-profit organizing, she has a passion for learning and understanding the complexities of community engagement and mobilization, while fostering her desire to provide accessible and inclusive resources that meet the needs of our diverse communities.
Lana has a penchant for the cooperative economy which she developed through her experiences in Cooperative Housing and working for Vancity Credit Union. Driven by her passion for women’s health and empowerment, Lana raised funds for local nonprofits that serve women through her dance productions.
Lana completed her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Simon Fraser University and was inspired by SFU’s interactive programs that seek to build bridges between communities, academic institutions, and the public and private sectors. Lana enjoys analyzing issues on a systems-level and fostering collaborations to scale the impact of diverse initiatives.
We’re building a diverse team of staff and volunteers at 312 Main who are committed to community economic development through collaborative social innovation.
Want to join us? Check out the opportunities below.
Position Type: Full-Time
Our team is searching for a dedicated Technical Support person to help our 312 Main members best utilize the systems available throughout our coworking community. Working with the Director of Technology and our Community Managers, you will focus on the member experience, helping them connect to the office network, printer, and various audio/visual equipment.
For more details please review the attached job description.Position Details
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