Coworking for NGOs and Government Transparency
9.7Coworkaholic Approved

One of the things I love the most about coworking is that there are SO MANY different types of spaces! You´ve got coworking spaces with childcare. Coworking in the outdoors. Coworking at Staples. Even coworking spaces for cannabis!

Coworking For NGOs

NGOs, also known as Non-Government Organizations are usually non-profit and sometimes independent of governments and international governmental organizations. These organizations are active in humanitarian, educational, health care, public policy, social, human rights, environmental, and other areas to affect changes according to their objectives.

Located in Washington, DC, Open Gov Hub is a “dynamic meeting place that brings together organizations, ideas, and resources to open up governments and empower citizens worldwide.” In addition to meeting and event space, Open Gov Hub provides private offices and open coworking for NGOs.

Open Gov Hub – Washington, DC

It’s the world’s first meeting place, coworking space and innovation hub dedicated to opening up governments and empowering citizens around the world. Their community includes over 45 organizations and 250 people.

The first version of Open Gov Hub existed in 2013 and 2014 in the old offices of Development Gateway at the Organization of American States building. That 1.5 year incubation period gave time for their founders to recruit early tenant members and to find an appropriate space for the vision they had in mind for the Hub. In April 2014, the second version of Open Gov Hub was launched at their current 20,000 custom-built location.

Open Gov Hub Coworking Locations Around the World

In addition to the Open Gov Hub location in Washington, DC there are other locations in:

  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Monrovia, Liberia
  • Bamako, Mali

These locations have been established by the Accountability Lab, one of the Open Gov Hub‘s founding members. Accountability Lab is a nonprofit organization, which empowers citizens to build tools for anti-corruption and integrity in their communities. The Lab is also reinventing the way that organizations can function through radical transparency, oral reporting that fits the context,  alternative revenue models, and building a community of change-makers.

Great Design, Great Space, Great Community

While I haven´t spent a lot of time working at Open Gov Hub, I have attended events and visited the space several times. Not only is the space flow incredibly well thought out, but the design is quite fun and creative. With 20,000 square feet, signage and areas are designed like an airport – embracing a global and traveling inspiration.

Their team embraces a true sense of community and hospitality. Upon entering the building, like many others in DC, photo ID is required. Once you get to the space, you can easily check in with the organization you are meeting with or request a tour and inquire about membership.

For anyone working remote within the world of NGOs or government projects, Open Gov Hub offers a bright and inspiring coworking space in addition to an amazing network and community with which to connect with.

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