Over the past 3 years, we’ve been lending the team's combined 20 years of experience in community development, user experience design, branding & business modelling to student groups, corporate teams & those wanting to start a sharing initiative where they are. 

We can offer a version of any of the talks, tours and workshops below, tailored to your needs & interests. Or we can create something completely bespoke. Drop us a line and we'll be in touch!

What an inspiring enterprise! The workshop gave our leadership team much-needed headspace, and made us reflect on elements of our own business model too.
— Corporate manufacturer leadership team

Inspiration for you & your team

Click on the titles for more information:

The Standard Tour & Workshop

Want to learn what it takes to start a Library of Things? Want to experience the realities of running a community-rooted enterprise? Want a flavour of how we'll be living by 2030?

Join this tour & mini workshop to:

  • hear the Library of Things story from one of the co-founders
  • explore our 'smart borrowing kiosk' through play
  • learn about the products that are designed for borrowing – and those that aren't
  • get to know the current & future business models behind small asset leasing – including key partnerships with the likes of Bosch & Karcher
  • find out about the nuts & bolts of borrowing – the health & safety, the insurance, the repair systems...
  • ask questions & take photos

Tour length: 90 minutes. Standard tours take place on the first Friday of each month at Upper Norwood Library Hub, 10.30am-12pm.

Guide prices: Self-funded (not with an organisation): £24

From a grassroots/ third sector organisation: £40

From a commercial/ large public organisation: £90

All fees go towards the continued development of Library of Things as a service for everyone.

The Student Tour & Workshop

Seeking hands-on, real-world learning opportunities for your student group?

Library of Things has hosted 20+ student groups from UK & international business schools, product design courses and youth leadership programmes.

Visit us to:

  • hear the Library of Things story from one of the co-founders
  • watch the crowdfunding videos
  • explore our 'smart borrowing kiosk' through play
  • learn about the products that are designed for borrowing – and those that aren't
  • get to know the current & future business models behind small asset leasing – including key partnerships with the likes of Bosch & Karcher
  • walk around the community-managed neighbourhood library & hear about the challenges & innovations in community hubs
  • (optional) in small groups, take on a mini challenge set by Library of Things eg. how would you set up, promote & operate a Library of Things in your university?

Tour length: 60 mins – full day (as required)

Guide price: £250 for 60 minutes for up to 20 students.

The Corporate Tour & Workshop

Looking for an inspiring experience for your corporate away day?

Library of Things has offered tailored tours and workshops for Senior Leadership Teams ranging from Bosch to AXA to Adeo Group – both at its neighbourhood borrowing site & as a workshop hosted elsewhere.

Visit us, or invite us to visit, to:

  • hear the Library of Things story from one of the co-founders
  • watch the crowdfunding videos
  • explore our 'smart borrowing kiosk' through play
  • learn about the products that are designed for borrowing – and those that aren't
  • get to know the current & future business models behind small asset leasing – including key partnerships with the likes of Bosch & Karcher
  • walk around the community-managed neighbourhood library & hear about the challenges & innovations in community hubs
  • (optional) as a team, take on a mini challenge set by Library of Things, ranging from innovative packaging 'hacks' to circular business model design

Tour length: 60 mins - full day (as required)

Guide price: £350 for 60 minutes for up to 20 people.

The Inspiring Talk

From TEDx talks to start-up festivals, circular economy panel events to sustainable leadership roundtables, co-founders Rebecca Trevalyan, Emma Shaw and Sophia Wyatt are experienced storytellers and presenters.

Talk length: 10 – 120 mins (as required)

Guide price: Depending on specifics of engagement, including your budget – get in touch!

 
You’re a natural – the students were engaged throughout, and got a good overview of the social enterprise sector and how it relates to the wider policy and economy environment – as well as the practicalities of running a social enterprise.
— Professor Tim Jackson, Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity

How-to masterclasses

Masterclasses can be a focussed working breakfast in-person or an online consultation, a single workshop at your workplace or a series of workshops on site at one of our neighbourhood borrowing sites – it's up to you.

How-to: Crowdfund

Ever considered doing a crowdfunding campaign? Not sure where to start? Want to make sure it’s a success?

With 3 crowdfunding campaigns & over £27,000 under their belt from 600+ backers, the team has shared their experiences on what works and what doesn't in popular masterclasses and 1:1 consultancy for co-working spaces, social enterprise networks & local community businesses.

Get answers to questions like these through colourful examples, case studies & videos:

  1. Why should I bother crowdfunding?
  2. What should I crowdfund for?
  3. Which platform should I choose?
  4. How do I decide how much to raise?
  5. How do I create a campaign people want to support? (tips on social media, video, storytelling, network mapping etc)
  6. How do I find big organisational match funders?
  7. How much time will it take to run a crowdfunding campaign?
  8. Are there any downsides?

Masterclass length: Minimum 60 minutes

Guide price: Depends on specifics of engagement, including your budget – get in touch!

How-to: Design with, not for people

Is your organisation struggling to build trust with a local community? Do you want to fundamentally change how you operate to design with, not for people?

Drawing on the team's experiences creating community entrepreneurship platforms like Open Project Night, People's Fridge Brixton and Library of Things, as well as user experience interventions for the likes of IKEA and KPMG, this masterclass shows what's possible through real-life examples.

Explore how to do the following in your context:

  • Create the right environments & spaces for co-design
  • Build trust with people from all walks of life
  • Give confidence & tools to local people to start a civic project
  • Be transparent about your mission, resources & capabilities
  • Adopt a questioning & listening mindset throughout

Masterclass length: Minimum 60 minutes

Guide price: Depends on specifics of engagement, including your budget – get in touch!

How-to: Find a viable model for your community enterprise

Got an idea for a project or enterprise in your neighbourhood? Want to bring a diverse mix of people into an underused library, church, shop space or park building? Want to explore how you might sustain the enterprise long-term?

Drawing on experience of running co-working hubs and civic accelerators, reimagining churches, modelling 'Community Living Rooms', and working closely with community-managed libraries, we can help you explore the core offer, the approach, the ballpark cost and revenue, legal structures, and the specifics of service design for your enterprise.

Join us to:

  • Find inspiration in community models around the world in areas like co-working, childcare, venue hire, community cinema, Library of Things, makerspaces, renewable energy, bulk food buying etc & discover what they cost cost & can earn, the benefits they'd bring to the community, and how they could work together in your context
  • Think through your offer to the community, and how this is reflected in the design of the space and/ or service, strategic partnerships, financing options etc

Masterclass length: Minimum 90 minutes

Guide price: Depends on specifics of engagement, including your budget – get in touch!

How-to: Recruit, train & coordinate volunteers

Is volunteering a key part of your business model? Sometimes wonder whether it drains more resource than it adds? Know that you should have interview frameworks, training plans & knowledge-sharing platforms but haven't had time to make them?

At Library of Things we have a principle: Let people self-organise. Take away the traffic lights, and install the roundabout instead.

Join us to hear how we apply that to our volunteering system:

  • Identify why you need volunteers & where their time & energy will be most effectively spent
  • Meet a Library of Things volunteer & learn what has worked for them – and what hasn't
  • Create volunteer 'personas' based on your current volunteers & their feedback
  • Look at the Library of Things volunteer role descriptions, interview frameworks, training plans, knowledge-sharing platforms – & plot out the ideal journey for your volunteers

Masterclass length: Minimum 60 minutes

Guide price: Depends on specifics of engagement, including your budget – get in touch!

 

Organisations who have learned with us

The workshop was excellent. It really allowed us to explore, ask questions and look into the Library of Things. We left excited about next steps!
— Upper Norwood Library Hub