“What are some of the ways you use your space for good? What are some of your favorite things about owning a coworking space?”
Thanks for asking this question, I like it! These are the same for me.
Productive work in a cozy community are the top values members have for here. I value it for that. The space is just a way to get paid for community, at least for me. I view us as having two overlapping communities now – one is seven and a half years old, and the other is two years old.
There’s the “Community Mission Statement: Cozy working alongside people doing what they’re passionate about and committed to, where 80% of people say hi. Come and work here!” I like all of that.
Personally I like when there are deep vulnerable conversations that are joyful, with laughter and connection and presence. My favorite thing to do is facilitate the weekly optional member meetings at each location.
For meetups, members can host meetups in their conference room time - up to 3 hours per member every day. This month there’s: 500 Women Scientists, Functional Programming, Game Dev, Legal Innovation & Technology. And members organize member events. In the past month there was a holiday party, a grilled cheese brunch, and a Thanksgiving leftovers lunch.
Some things I value is that it’s a community where people: are responsive to requests and value responsibility and each have congruence in their words and actions, where there’s a lot of trust, where it’s open to people regardless of how cool they are or what their perspective is and where I’m constantly surprised by the connections people make, where we have collective agency to make happen what we very much want - together and individually, where there are friendships for years and years…
-Alex Linsker, Collective Agency, Portland Oregon https://collectiveagency.co/
On Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 3:53:53 PM UTC-8, Aloma Loren wrote:
One of my favorite things about owning a coworking space is having a physical space to host community events.
My passion project right now is the Sprout Children’s Business Expo which is a program I am building where kids get to explore entrepreneurship by participating in a children’s business workshop and then have a table at an expo/craft fair type of event that is exclusively for kids to sell their items at. We just did the 2nd one and it was amazing. We had over 60 kids participate and the quality and creativity and professionalism of these kids was so beautiful to see! We partnered with the local First Friday Art Walk event so we were on their tour which helped bring in shoppers. It was a wonderful evening!
Check out photos and more here: https://www.facebook.com/SproutExpo
What are some of the ways you use your space for good?
What are some of your favorite things about owning a coworking space?