Mobilizing the Global Coworking Movement for Ukraine
Coworking IDEA Conversation – Special Edition: Ukraine
On March 9th 2022 the Coworking IDEA Project team hosted an International conversation to hear directly from the coworking community in Ukraine, and to understand exactly what is needed by our friends and colleagues who are being directly impacted by violence, migration, and the trauma of war. We heard updates from Anastasiia Kachan, Vika Zhurbas, and Igor Dzhebyan.
We explored the various community-led initiatives that have been created and mapped the existing networks of support, identifying gaps in the relief systems and mutual aid networks.
If you were unable to attend the call, but would like to learn more about these organizing efforts, you can watch the video replay of this call above.
Guided by Coworking IDEA Project Facilitator Ashley Proctor, we discussed the essential elements to keep in mind as we offer services and support to others in crisis.
- We began this discussion by stressing the importance of centering the Ukrainian voices, and elevating and amplifying their requests and needs.
- We discussed how we can utilize our networks, and collaborate for maximum efficiency and impact.
- We discussed initiatives that are already underway in the coworking community, and how we can amplify those efforts.
- We discussed how we can use this terrible situation to inspire a meaningful and lasting collaborative response in service of all those in (and fleeing) Ukraine.
- We discussed how we can, and should, replicate these networks and organizing efforts in order to serve other refugees and migrants around the world.
An International Call to Action
Many of us are highly connected thanks to our coworking communities, and many of us are privileged to be stable, empowered, funded, and have access to organizations and resources around the world.
We encourage you to use your positions of power, your people and your platforms to spread the word, and to raise funds or supplies for our friends in Ukraine.
You can support these efforts in any way you like, but to avoid creating extra work for the Ukrainian Coworking Association, please coordinate efforts with the Coworking IDEA Project or the European Coworking Assembly to minimize the demands of communication for those in need of our support.
We will be collecting funds from multiple coworking industry initiatives in order to transfer them most efficiently and safely to those in need.
Don’t have time to organize?
You can MAKE A DONATION via THE IDEA PROJECT.
All funds raised will be directed to the Ukrainian Coworking Association and their Ukrainian-led and endorsed humanitarian initiatives.
IMPORTANT REQUESTS, RESOURCES, AND LINKS
Many of us are organizing initiatives intended to help.
We will continue to update this list, and elevate any specific requests for items or efforts that are most in need.
How to Support Ukraine – Shared by Vika Zhurbas, Ukraine Coworking Association
Open Doors and Arms – Communicating with the European Coworking Assembly about Ukraine
We Help Ukraine – Shared by Hugo de Sousa and team
Support Ukraine Now – Shared by Global Shapers Hubs in Ukraine
We are open for Refugees – Shared by the German Coworking Federation
Coworking for Ukraine – Shared by Christoph Fahle, One Coworking
Coliving for Ukraine – Shared by Co-Liv
Support Coworking Communities in Ukraine -Shared by Ukraine Coworking Association / andcards
OutRight – Resources for LGBTIQ Ukrainians
FOR RUSSIANS fleeing Russia & Ukraine – Anti-War Support Group for Russian Migrants
OVD-Info – Legal Aid for Anti-War activists and Independent Media in Russia
TRAUMA RESOURCES for refugees and helpers – Available in many languages
Make a Donation to the Coworking IDEA Project – we will collect & transfer all funds to the Ukrainian Coworking Association
If you want to add a link to this list, or offer volunteer or financial support to our colleagues in Ukraine – please contact the Coworking IDEA Project or the European Coworking Assembly to avoid overwhelming the Ukraine Coworking Association with questions and offers of support.
Email us to add your resources, or initiatives to this list, and to coordinate with other coworking community organizers to avoid duplicating efforts between all of those who are working to provide support.
Thank you so much to the 70 International coworking leaders who joined the IDEA call on March 9th, and to all of those who are working hard fundraising, organizing and mobilizing behind the scenes.
Keep it up, friends.
Your work is making a difference 🇺🇦
All funds collected by
The Coworking IDEA Project
are for the Ukrainian Coworking Association
The European Coworking Assembly
is coordinating relief efforts and
bridging networks across Europe