Innovation Themed Space. Thoughts?

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

  • Innovation comes from collaboration

  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal

  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex

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From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:


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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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That email response is gold, Alex!

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On Sep 10, 2014, at 9:53 AM, Alex Hillman [email protected] wrote:

From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:

  • Innovation comes from collaboration
  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal
  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex


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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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I

Totally

Agree

Jerome

www.BLANKSPACES.com

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On Sep 10, 2014, at 6:53 AM, “Alex Hillman” [email protected] wrote:

From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:

  • Innovation comes from collaboration
  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal
  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex


/ah
indyhall.org

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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I highly recommend the book “where good ideas come from” for a lot more historical context that backs this up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1594485380?pc_redir=1410062587&robot_redir=1

-Alex

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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM, Jerome Chang [email protected]m wrote:

I

Totally

Agree

Jerome

www.BLANKSPACES.com

On Sep 10, 2014, at 6:53 AM, “Alex Hillman” [email protected] wrote:

From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:

  • Innovation comes from collaboration
  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal
  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex


/ah
indyhall.org

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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I just spent two months on San Francisco and wow, is that city obsessed with innovation! I found myself pushing back and would explain to people that the problem with innovation is that no matter how far you push the envelope, it will always be stationery.

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Jacob


Office Nomads - Individuality without Isolation
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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 7:12 AM, Alex Hillman [email protected] wrote:

I highly recommend the book “where good ideas come from” for a lot more historical context that backs this up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1594485380?pc_redir=1410062587&robot_redir=1

-Alex


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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM, Jerome Chang [email protected] wrote:

I

Totally

Agree

Jerome

www.BLANKSPACES.com

On Sep 10, 2014, at 6:53 AM, “Alex Hillman” [email protected] wrote:

From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:

  • Innovation comes from collaboration
  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal
  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex


/ah
indyhall.org

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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We’ve only been open a couple weeks now, but we’ve joined forces with our local Innovation-centered organization called the iHub. Check to see if your area has anything like that and establish a partnership. Next week we are a part of an event called North Bay Innovation Week which is allowing us to get exposure to our space and also showcase some of our members’ projects and talk about how they have been innovators.

My recommendation is not to try and force folks into the innovation prerequisite. It’s a lot of pressure to hang over someone. Try leaving it open, encourage collaboration and have some innovation-themed events and you’ll be golden!

Good luck :slight_smile:

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I highly recommend the book “where good ideas come from” for a lot more historical context that backs this up:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1594485380?pc_redir=1410062587&robot_redir=1

-Alex


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On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM, Jerome Chang [email protected] wrote:

I

Totally

Agree

Jerome

www.BLANKSPACES.com

On Sep 10, 2014, at 6:53 AM, “Alex Hillman” [email protected] wrote:

From my experience, innovation comes at the end of a chain of events:

  • Innovation comes from collaboration
  • Collaboration comes from establishing trust, met with a common goal
  • Trust is established in casual, social interactions mixed with the ability to experiment with “working” together on low/no stakes efforts, mixed with the exchange of knowledge

Which is exactly how coworking is done when it’s done best. :slight_smile:

Innovation is often mistaken as the goal (which is why so many companies struggle with it) when on fact, it’s the outcome of getting the other pieces in place.

-Alex


/ah
indyhall.org

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Abu Anas [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I am relatively new here and in the process of setting up my first coworking space. Obviously I have a lot of questions and looking forward to benefit from the knowledge of the savvy space owners and managers in this group.

In my online rounds of spaces I have seen many themed spaces (for example shared studios for designers or one for engineers with 3D printers and CNCs). What I am hoping to do is Innovation themed coworking space. It is not supposed to be a place where people just come to work and mingle but to innovate as well.

Any ideas, thoughts or experiences to create such a place?

Best regards,

AbuAnas

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