Just wanted to introduce myself as a new potential coworking
catalyst. I’m interested in establishing a space in Claremont,
California, a wonderful college town at the eastern edge of Los
Angeles County. The downtown “Village” area is ripe for a new
coworking space, with public transit links to Los Angeles, Pasadena,
and the Inland Empire; a walkable and bike-friendly layout; lots of
cafes, restaurants, and services; close proximity to the Claremont
Colleges (Pitzer, Scripps, Pomona, Claremont McKenna, and Harvey
Mudd), and many attractive buildings with vacant commercial and office
Most of my professional experience, including my current day job, is
in the environmental policy area–both government and academic.
Therefore, I have a lot to learn about running a small business and
addressing the needs of coworkers in less institutional careers. On
the other hand, I do have a strong background in the ins and outs of
sustainability. I am drawn to this project as a committed
telecommuter, strongly supported by my agency employers, but
constrained by an imperfect work-at-home setup. I am also a newly
minted Ph.D. looking for a new project to lose sleep over.
I envision a hybrid space with both offices and a communal
environment, and perhaps one or two conference rooms. If possible,
I’d ideally like to offer discounts for community and environmental
nonprofit groups. The space will probably start small and develop on
a “grow as we go” basis, since I do not (yet) have much startup
capital to work with!
Anyway, I’ll be monitoring this group with interest, and coming back
with lots of questions. Looking forward to talking with you all.
“Let him who cannot be alone beware of community… Let him who is not
in community beware of being alone.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life
Together (New York: Harper & Row, 1954), 77.