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Discovery: 8-12 weeks

The Discovery phase is about exploring what is possible and desired for your space, and who is willing to help. This phase begins with your first intention to seriously explore the possibility to start a new space, and ends when you are ready to incorporate a new non-profit. That includes both knowing enough about your community to be confident that you to want to start a new organization, and having the minimum required resources (including people) lined up to do so.

While it might be tempting to rush through these first few steps, what is learned during Discovery is fundamental to the success of the remaining phases. By taking your time here, you will be able to focus the enthusiasm of the community into structured action towards a shared goal.

The Discovery phase involves:

  • Recruiting members for your Founding Team
  • Learning about the needs and interests of your community
  • Finding the community resources, partnerships, and people that can help create and sustain the space
  • Defining criteria for neighborhoods and locations that work for the project
  • Identifying potential sources of revenue and funding
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The notebook section provides a way for you to store and share information with your group members. With the book feature you can:

  • Add book pages and organize them hierarchically into different books.
  • Attach files to pages to share them with others.
  • Track changes that others have made and revert changes as necessary.
  • Archive books that are no longer of interest to the group. Archived books can be reactivated later if needed.