Babes in Work­land

A family-friendly co-work­ing space is com­ing to a neigh­bour­hood near you.

Vancouver Magazine - - City - —Ma­iaOde­gaard

short 17,000 child­care spaces, but Madeleine Shaw will tell you this prob­lem runs deeper than day­cares. “This isn’t just 17,000 chil­dren with­out care, it’s 17,000 adults who aren’t work­ing to their full po­ten­tial,” says the Van­cou­ver-based co­founder of Lu­na­pads, who has a daugh­ter of her own. Shaw and her busi­ness part­ner of­ten brought their lit­tle ones into the o‡ce and wel­comed em­ploy­ees to do the same, but the strug­gle she saw among her peers work­ing else­where led her to won­der: what are other cre­atives do­ing when faced with a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion?

En­ter Nest­works. Though cowork­ing spaces have been pop­ping up in ma­jor cities over the last few years, the mil­len­nial-fo­cused o‡ces aren’t re­ally de­signed for the work­ing par­ent. Shaw’s Nest­works aims to Œll a gap in the mar­ket with a mak­erspace, R&D lab and li­censed child-care fa­cil­ity all in one—which may be housed in a de­funct el­e­men­tary school. Sim­i­lar projects ex­ist else­where (Jug­gle Hub in Ber­lin, Third Door in Lon­don), set­ting a prece­dent of suc­cess as Nest­works’ board of di­rec­tors re­cruits al­lies, re­searches user needs and scouts lo­ca­tions for this family-friendly co-work­ing space set to open in roughly two years. “How are you sup­posed to so­cially in­no­vate if you can’t even Œnd a place to put your kids?” says Shaw.

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