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Coffee Morning at the HiVE wtih Interactive Athletes Corp and REV Technologies

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As HiVE members Interactive Athletes Corp and REV Technologies wrapped up their coffee morning talks about their upcoming projects, participants, who intently listened on, dispersed back to their desks spread out on the open floor plan-style of the recently made up heritage building on 128 West Hastings Street. The clanking of the dishes in the nearby kitchen sink became muffled by the lingering conversationalists nearby. It's Wednesday, and the hard-working bees are getting ready for lunch.

"I like discovering a lot of different things that people are into, like Coffee Morning earlier," said Margarete Hernandez, office coordinator at the HiVE, who's been with the non-profit organization since September. "People coming together, the idea of office-shared space. Someone you need, like a graphic designer, could be working a few desks from you. It's easy enough to connect."

While a spiky-haired blonde young man paused to admire a curious-looking cactus on the front desk, another face appeared. What turned up was the self-proclaimed "troubleshooting guy" Mike Taylor who interns there. 

"I fix coffee machines," he blurted out. "I built the library. I also get the mail." Trained in marketing at BCIT, he is currently working on the software system planned to be put in place at the creative co-working space. Taylor said it would make things "more automated." 

"I just love the place. I love the people," his eyes glimmered below the paper light fixture.

"That's the thing I like the most," added curly-haired Jeremy Murphy, co-founder of the HiVE, who appeared from the woozy S-shaped ramp that connects the work space and main desk/kitchen areas.

Just then, a tall brunnette exited the luminous phone booth and returned to her desk, which she shared with three other people. On the side, a woman, crouched down and wearing a bandana, worked on a painting three times her size.

"Our original vision of the HiVE was to have a community of change-makers, of people who wouldn't normally have the opportunity to work together to be able to meet each other and to form these unlikely partnerships that would address some major societal issues that wouldn't otherwise be addressed or would less affectively be addressed," explained Murphy.

"What I like best about the HiVE is when I see different people and different companies realizing that vision here, when they're coming together and they're starting to work on things, and they're starting to come up with projects and new ideas. And, they're also making friends with each other which is not something I originally thought about," his blue eyes rolled in disbelief.

"But, of course, a major feature of this space is that you get to meet new  like-minded people, share some same passion or interest that you have. You make a lot of friends here."

Theresa Beer, communications consultant, who is currenly working on a "very timely" project with 20 First Nations and the Government of BC, computationally, discovered that someone whom she is working with on the assignment has also rented desk space at the HiVE. They didn't know. Now, they sit together.

"One fellow who's in my project happens to be working here as well, just happens," emphasized Beer. "We didn't know that until much later. Now, he's working with me on some open houses. So, that was very interesting." 

Murphy is also the director of Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Co-operative (SSG). "We do a lot of green building and organizational change work," he said. 

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