HEYGROUND launched in June 2017 as the first co-working community dedicated to Changemakers in Korea. Many Changemakers such as social ventures, non-profit organizations, NGO, intermediary organizations and Pro-bono service providers are working together at HEYGROUND. Anyone who dreams for a better world can be the member of HEYGROUND, and HEYGROUND indeed supports those members to keep grounded on their activities and make bigger and sustainable impacts.
In 2015 to its launch, Root Impact facilitated the ‘ground building process (GBP)’ with 24 potential members of HEYGROUND. During the series of conversation, Root Impact with the potential members all discussed ground rules about how to build the community, for instance member’s qualifications, co-working community culture, way of interactions and collaborations and supporting service for growth. This ground building process enabled us to reach the next level of participatory community where all the members are the creators of ‘impact ecosystem’, rather than just sharing the office spaces. As a result of that, in September 2018 present, more than 550 people from 75 companies are working at HEYGROUND and trying together to make a better world every day.
HEYGROUND members often find role models within the community, and the iconic meaning of HEYGROUND, Changemakers’ co-working community, makes the member’s challenges more meaningful and attractive. On the one hand, they are further credited for what they do from their families and acquaintances, and on the other hand, they keep creating diverse opportunities with the potential partners inside and outside of HEYGROUND. HEYGROUND also offers the supportive services from professional consultancy in legal, accounting/finance, labor and tax to quality of life service in IT/software, business trip, logistics, food and beverage and healthcare service.
HEYGROUND is playing the key roles of a launchpad for anyone who wants to try and experience changemaking culture. HEYGROUND is spreading the words of the journey of Changemakers by cooperating with various media including social media and going to grow the number of partners who are supporting and helping them. In addition, HEYGROUND encourages the interactions and collaborations between HEYGROUND members, and provides foundational supports to help them succeed, which in turn, become a center of impact ecosystem making bigger changes.
Impact Business Support Service
HEYGROUND provides business support service for social ventures named HeyHour, which is similar to office hour offered from experts in respective fields. It includes the management and operational support services that the small sized social ventures have not professionally internalized, for instance legal, accounting/finance and human resources. It also covers the areas that some organizations should have the functions as business-as-usual or its core, for instance strategy and planning, marketing, business development, and design. Those services are designed to reinforce the capability of organizations and individuals. Each service appears different from small sized class education, seminar to counselling/consulting. Root Impact is connecting, mediating and facilitating the needs and requests between the Pro-bono service providers and the social ventures. Through these quality consulting and education services, members can access to professional knowledge and information that are required to make decisions. And, this is hoped to lead to the growth of HEYGROUND members' individual and organization capability.
Root Impact pursues Changemakers' happiness so tries to improve their quality of life, which is needed to create bigger impact. In doing so, we provide diverse services, leveraging the size and scale of the Changemakers' community, for instance, forging external partnerships with restaurant, leisure, cultural activity, childcare and healthcare and offering quality welfare benefits such as healthcare, fitness service and logistics that each social venture hardly possesses. On Fridays, personal training professional stays in HEYGROUND, and takes care of Changemakers’ physical strength and health. Root Impact is committed to providing on-time services for Changemakers to pursue their quality of life and grow faster at the same time.