Do we really need a conference to determine whether or not we need more community-based offices and coworking spaces? I mean, common sentiment seen on this forum already indicates that we do.
The 6 months that it would take to plan and enact this workshop/conference are 6 months that could be used pursuing funding and actually making this into a possibility with your small strike team. If it’s something that you think is important, just go do it. From there the people should follow and those are the ones who you’ll will want to be having these conversations with. Build it and they will come and all of that.