We have actually established a nonprofit arm at CO+HOOTS in Phoenix and are looking to get donations of airfare and lodging to support coworking both nationally and internationally. I am going to be starting a community of advisors from cities around the country interested in being part of our pilot program. In order to receive the exchange trip, we are going to ask the coworkers who participate to also do a small pro bono project in their field for an organization of need in the local community where they visit.
The local coworking spaces who participate would need to provide a desk for the visiting coworkers, safe lodging (via a local hotel) with access to public transportation and a host of people who are willing to show the person around the area on their visit. There are still a lot of details to figure out, but we are going to be hosting a Google Hangout at the end of this month and I will post it here if any of you want to attend.
We have established the nonprofit with the intent of it being a national program that ALL coworking spaces can benefit from for the coworking exchange program-- NOT just PHX and CO+HOOTS.
If any of you are interested in being in the community of advisors, please let me know.
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On Thursday, May 29, 2014 8:16:17 AM UTC-7, Carlos López wrote:
I’m starting an exchange program between coworkers and I would like to know your insights, ideas or suggestions.
It’s a network for coworkers who want to exchange their homes + coworking memberships, usually for short periods of time. So in other words a coworker would be living in another city and working in a different coworking space but without paying anything extra (no rent and no coworking fee since they’re already paying at home).
I think it would be enriching for both the person who travels to another city/country and your coworking community. I was wondering if you as coworking managers would aprove this kind of arrangement (someone else using a coworking membership).
Thanks a lot for your feedback!