The Cooperative Leadership Institute is launching the Cooperatory at the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Park in August of 2012. The Cooperatory, dubbed “Our Place”, is the host site for CLI’s program merging education, professional services, crowd sourcing and capital project funding. In a co-work setting, students and professional members learn and work collectively on live projects with international reach. The Cooperatory is a 2,600 SF ideation lounge blending program elements from alternative learning environments with a meeting center and café. Welcomed by the host, members receive orientation support and resources from program administration to data collection and sharing. Six unique activity lounges allow members to choose based on their work preferences from quiet concentration to group deep dive sessions. Each lounge is equipped with plug and play furniture, dry erase white boards and a range of media display tools. A presentation stage anchors the rear of the suite and doubles as group meeting space. Flexible, mobile furniture allows for quick reconfiguration, ideal for hosting forums or large events. Shared amenities include a full service coffee bar, personal lockers, a business center and a private restroom.