Meet yerdler, Morgan Fitzgibbons. Recently, he helped launch [freespace], a collaborative pop-up here in San Francisco that offers everything from free bike repair to free yoga.
This month-long experiment is housed in a giant warehouse in San Francisco's Central Market District and has one simple goal: cultivate civic hacks. Through the gift of temporary, underutilized physical space, [freespace] fosters creativity, community and civic innovation.
"It's a warehouse that we got for $1 for the month of June," says Fitzgibbons of their 14,000-square-foot space. We can assure you San Francisco rent is substantially higher than that!
No surprise. Morgan is anything but new to the sharing economy. In fact, he has spent years dedicating his time to an SF community resilience oriented-group called The Wigg Party. Additionally, he teaches classes at SF State about another gift-giving group, called the Diggers. Seriously, where does he get the time!
Everything at [freespace] has been donated, as one would expect. But as much as the space is filled with stuff, that is hardly the point. [freespace] is about community, first and foremost.
Free Workshops & Classes
There are a lot of things worth checking out at [freespace]. The community center offers art, music, a silent disco (you have to see it for yourself), free bikes, community workshops and so much more. In fact, you kinda of learn by contributing, as you can see in the garden workshop where [freespace] make their grounds a bit more green.
When Morgan heard about yerdle, he couldn't have been more excited for the new sharing-based SF startup. Naturally, he joined alongside other sharing economy enthusiasts, by becoming a yerdle Pollinator, and helping to spread the word about the Sharing Economy.
You can check out [freespace] both in person or online. If you are in the area, I suggest you join in the free flower give-a-way they do. It's where they randomly brighten someone's day by give them flowers out on San Francisco's busiest of streets, Market Street.
Now that is cool!
If you don't live in or near San Francisco, here is a great virtual tour of what [freespace] is. Enjoy!