I’m also a big fan of offline, low-tech solutions…especially within the space itself. Photos of members’ experiences - things that show off life in and outside of the coworking space - sound awesome.
But we also ran into the problem with analog photos (using the Instax camera) getting dreadfully out of date…or running out of film…
And really, it wasn’t as useful as we’d hoped. The goal of having photos is to help people learn (or remember) names along with faces since that’s easily one of the hardest parts about joining. And for a long time, I was really really resistant to an online directory/bios, especially ones that focus on their skills. The big reason for THAT is because we want people to connect and have conversations about things other than what they do (see: http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2014/08/conversation-therapy/)
But our community doesn’t just “happen" inside the coworking space. In fact, some of you have heard me say this year that 70% of our members use a desk less than once a month…but they’re still active in our online discussion community spaces between coworking days and events. Those members don’t get to see the analog photo wall when realistically they’re the ones who would benefit from it the most.
So one of our members started this project, which has been picked up as a collaborative effort led by one of our team members: http://hello.indyhall.org/member-wall/
It’s NOT online bios…just photos and names, and really nice photos! We currently only have around 20% of our community on here and it’s a slow process to add people, but it’s been worth it because these photos can live in lots of places.
Most recently, we brought the online photo wall back offline by connecting it to our Lounge TV via a Chromecast. It rotates through member photos with their names, and current events/announcements/reminders. Looks like this:
Still a work in progress, but it’s been working
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On Wed, Jan 14, 2015 at 3:52 AM, Alex Linsker [email protected] wrote:
I was inspired by bulletin boards at an office I used to work at, with photos of employees doing what they’re passionate about: fishing trip, silly faces on a plane, hugging their kids, etc.
At Collective Agency we have hallways with white walls, and as people come in, the photos are on the walls. Most photos have a series of questions and answers below that most members fill out the answers to when they join – a mini-interview. I use double-sided tape on the pages, which makes it easy to move them around, and add new members, and provide a sense of continuity and anyone-can-do-this relaxed feel.
We tried online bios years ago, but that quickly did not work – it wasn’t supporting the reasons why we exist (in the minds of the people who are willing to value us by paying), and actually detracted value.
Alex Linsker, Collective Agency, Portland Oregon http://collectiveagency.co/
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 7:53:37 AM UTC-8, Gretchen Bilbro wrote:
What have you used to create your member boards? I have a giant old metal sign that I want to use for the board itself and place photos with brief write ups on with magnets for our member board. For those that have done something similar did you print photos on your printer or buy an instant camera for this purpose? I seem to recall hearing at GCUC last year that the instant camera idea was not the best option but can’t remember why or who said that. Any suggestions?
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