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A Feeling of Security

09 May 2011
by Alex Hillman

An interesting and fairly often recurring thread in the coworking google group is security. A recent version of this thread prompted a response from a Toronto-based coworking space, CG6. A couple of important quotes:

We never totally took security as serious as how our members might feel within the space. This is so important. Everybody, read it 5 times. Please!

He continued to share their thought process on security cameras. We share this feeling strongly at Indy Hall, and Tm did a great job of expressing it:

We have avoided the use of Camera’s. We actually rely on our coworker and members to be our eyes and ears. One way of doing this is the type of members we have accepted in our managed spaces. Members are friends, these are trusted professionals within a circle of association who can work together, build together and save together. When there is an issue, it effects everybody. This system creates an internal law, safeguarding a community. When there is an issue, everybody takes the blame. It only takes one warning to tame everybody down and be able to respect the space they are in. I love seeing this sort of stuff, it addresses real issues head on and doesn’t pretend that we can’t be responsible for ourselves.

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Alex Hillman I am always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business. I founded Indy Hall in 2006, making us one of oldest fully independent coworking communities in the world. This site is packed with the lessons and examples I’ve learned along the way. You can find me on Twitter, too! 🐦 Say hi.