I helped start the Tisch Talent Guild at NYU in 1999 and it is still going today. http://www.tischtalentguild.com/ A guy had the idea of starting a student club and getting an office for it. Our office was off the common room. I’d be sitting on the sofa talking with someone about the theatre production we were doing, and I’d overhear someone say something about the film production they were doing, and I’d say, “You can do that?!” because we weren’t taught that in theatre.
It was a small room - there was a sofa, a round table, two tables each with a computer and monitor, a filing cabinet mostly for actor’s headshots, a bulletin board, some chairs, and the door… and the common room was the overflow area for big meetings that didn’t fit in the room and for private meetings. We signed up 1,000 members in the first year. No members paid anything. After the first year the university paid some salaries for some students to work there.
As a student club, we needed a liaison to the undergraduate student council for the arts school, and I loved participating in the democratic meetings. We had elected officers for the club itself, and any member could organize projects within the club. There was a lot going on.
There were far more similarities than differences with the other coworking places I’ve worked at since then.
-Alex Linsker, Collective Agency, Portland Oregon https://collectiveagency.co/
On Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 8:14:22 AM UTC-7, Sam Spurlin wrote:
I’m undertaking a project this summer to develop a proposal for an
academic coworking space for my university. I’d like to include
examples of other academic coworking spaces that already exist.
However, I’m having trouble locating these examples.
Does anyone know of any coworking spaces that are either a.)
administered by a university or b.) cater almost exclusively to
students? Ideally, this space would be in use by both students and
faculty. At this point, though, I’ll take anything that may vaguely
fit this description.
If you can help me out by providing website URLs or contact
information I’d greatly appreciate it.
Claremont Graduate University
MA Student, Positive Developmental Psychology