Outgoing Salt Lake City Councilman, Soren Simonson, has announced he is joining a group of Utahns launching a new project designed to bring social groups together in order to collaborate and find solutions to the local, state, national, and international community.
Simply called “HUB,” the group began in London in 2005, opening collaborative office spaces in cities around the world where entrepreneurs, students, organizations and businesses can meet to work on joint projects.
“Throughout human history, ideas and innovation have thrived when people come together in cooperative partnerships,” says Simonsen. “Our cities are growing, and our economies and infrastructure are becoming more complex, while our resources are increasingly constrained…The time is ripe for a collaborative community like HUB Salt Lake—a place where ideas can incubate, and solutions can flourish.”
The 13,000 square foot Utah location at 150 s State Street will be the 14th HUB facility in North America, and will join a network of worldwide HUB’s, each created around the idea that collaborative work spaces are in short supply and vital to bringing the right people together to solve problems. The space is expected to provide drop-in work space for up to 100 people, house 15 permanent offices for partner organizations, shared conference rooms and large training/event space, private discussion booths, a media lab, and cafe.
“Utah is unique in that we are very entrepreneurial, and we have a culture of serving others,” says HUB Salt Lake co-founder, Dustin Haggett. “The HUB provides a platform for the community to educate itself on solving social and environmental challenges…I think Utah is going to surprise the global HUB network with the number and impact of the enterprises taking storm here.”
The HUB is supported by its members, and the project will launch with their “Kickstarter event” on August 22 and 5 p.m. to encourage interested parties to join early. More details are at HUBsaltlake.com.