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Coliving for Essential Services workers with children.

Repurpose hotels to coliving communities that include childcare and education services for essential services workers.

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Hotels in strategic locations to be converted into coliving communities for essential services workers and their families. Childcare and schooling services will be integrated into the communities as well as the complete infrastructure to support the comfortable habitation. Probably their even aged care could be included on a seperate floor to allow grandparents to be closer to their families, too.

It will create vertical villages that can be mainly self sufficient with limited exposure to the outside world but real social connections within the community. 

Sub communities can be created within one floor. In case of an infection within the community individual floors can be put under lockdown to inhibit the spread of the virus.

Logistics to drop off kids to and pick them up from childcare will be greatly reduced. 

No need for habitants to visit high risk areas like supermarkets and pharmacies due to centralised supply of required goods.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Maximising time and comfort of essentials workers by concentrating all the infrastructure they need around them.

Allowing for social contact within the community due to the possibility to isolate the individual floors or the complete building from the outside world in case of an infection inside.

Controlled environment for with minimal (no uncontrolled) interaction with the outside world. 

Targeted testing for more efficient use of resources. 

Great environment for scientists to do research.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Social isolation in high density urban environments was already an issue before cover-19. The creation of more and more intentional as well as curated living communities over the last decades is one trend that is offering a solution for this evolving social challenge. The sudden amplification through the forced distancing is magnifying the urgency to tackle this challenge. People rethinking the value balance of privacy and community right now and will do so in the aftermath of this crisis. This is offering a fantastic opportunity to create a more purposeful, healthy and sustainable way of human habitation.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Just in the US over 5 million people alone are working in hospitals. Their current workload is loading a lot of stress onto themselves as well as their families. Other essential services could lift multiply this number easily by factor 10.

What is the name of your business or organization?

THNK.innovation Calinduu Coliving Communities

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Innovation Facilitation, HX Design, Community Curation We are helping startups, teams and individuals by applying design thinking methodologies to create innovation. We are also offering human experience design for products, services and organisational structures as a service.

What is your profession?


Where are you located (country)?

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Where are you located (region)?

  • Oceana

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Customer Experience/Service
  • Designer(UX/CX/Design Research)
  • Education
  • Entrepreneur/Investor
  • Self Employed

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 1-2 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Connection to hotels, hospitals, councils and government organisations.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

People might resist giving up living in the privacy of their own homes. Even if it is just for a certain period of time.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?


Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?



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Happy Wednesday @Isaac Jumba. Thank you for your reply!

I'm a strong believer that mid to longterm we do need a shift to more communal living in ever denser populated cities to reduce the loneliness and resulting health issues. Forced social isolation due to covid is just a magnification of an issue that is growing already for a long time.
City planners will be putting more and more emphasis into stronger community creation in the future anyway.
But these communities will not be (at least I don't hope so) curated for people working in the same or similar essential industries but based on shared values and common life paths for the next couple of years.
Assuming that the hotel industry will be experiencing much smaller numbers of guests in the future and some of them won't be able to operate profitable anymore even after we are through all of this, some of the hotels can stay put as coliving spaces but the residents would slowly sort themselves and move from and to other communities that they feel more emotionally aligned with.
Such communities can either exist in similar repurposed hotels (or other commercial properties that are not longer needed due to a larger number of remote workers) or they will be in purpose build communal living arrangement with optimised layouts to balance privacy and connection.

My apologies for the long write up Isaac!

Where I am at. I'm not working on this specific project right now.
I did spent a good junk of the last year in exploring possibilities to bring purpose build coliving for likeminded people here to Melbourne. Unfortunately the only viable business case that I was able to make at that point in time under the existing economical and sociological circumstances was for a boarding house business. Low cost to fill it through pricing instead of high quality of social living. And play the long game to transition to my ideal coliving dream when the people will be ready for it.
Since I couldn't see myself finding short and mid-term fulfilment in running a boarding house business, I did shelf the idea about 6 months ago. But the brand is created and ready to be reactivated as at any time.
Covid might just be what was needed to move that date closer.
How much richer would isolation live be if we could share it 20 other singles or couples that we call friends. Or with 7 other young families with similar aged children that could still be playing together every day?

Hope I did answer all of your questions, Isaac.
But if not, please feel free to keep asking!

Until then...

Stay safe and stay awesome!

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This was helpful David!

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