What started as a collaboration between Urban Land Conservancy and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, Denver Shared Spaces (DSS) quickly emerged on the forefront of shared work space here in Denver. DSS aims to foster meaningful social impact by providing technical and behind the scenes assistance to small businesses and nonprofits who wish to work in collaborative work spaces.
In 2016, ULC and DOSP led the joint effort to find a new nonprofit to manage the Denver Shared Spaces program, as the organization has grown significantly since their conception in 2009. In their first seven years, DSS supported 28 shared spaces that represented over 350 nonprofits, government agencies and mission-driven business. Today, DSS is not just connecting organizations with shared space resources, but also influencing policy within city government. It has been extremely rewarding to see DSS grow into the organization that it is today.
After careful deliberation by the steering committee led by ULC and DOSP, a decision was officially reached at the end of 2016, with Radian, Inc. chosen to house the organization. Radian is a collaborative design group focused on creating healthy and sustainable communities in undeserved areas of Denver. As a nonprofit community design center, Radian provides urban design and architectural services, with efforts to help connect neighborhood-based projects with the design community. ULC feels confident that Radian will provide an excellent space promoting continued growth for DSS moving forward.
Congratulations to Radian, ULC is confident that DSS will continue to grow and evolve to better serve the real estate needs of nonprofits in the Denver region. Stay tuned to the ULC website to learn more about our new partnership!