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What does a week at Indy Hall look like?

coworking
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In the course of one week I spoke at length with Kelani about new media performance art happening in North Philly, had a discussion in Swahili about coworking spaces in East Africa, and met the girlfriend of my friend Elijah Dornstreich. It’s ridiculously clear tha...

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Designing Coworking for Collaboration

coworking
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Deskmag just published a piece about a Dutch incubator’s research project about physical proximity and collaboration. Among the things that stood out to me, these two sentences had the most tips for what was happening in space design as related to collaboration:

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A Feeling of Security

coworking
1 minute read

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:

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Should a coworking space run itself?

coworking
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This is a liberal lift from the Coworking Google Group, in a discussion about if a coworking space should run itself.

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On Monocultural Coworking

coworking
1 minute read

Single-demographic coworking misses the point – the thickest value of coworking I’ve seen is in creating a work construct where people who wouldn’t likely sit next to each other to work, find that possibility for themselves, and the possibilities derived from that opportunity ...

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…first we get to know each other, and then we might do business together.

business
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Coworking & Zones of Proximal Development

coworking
2 minute read

Quick repost from the coworking google group. This was too good not to share here.

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Random Acts of DiMasi

elsewhere
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Indy Hall has brought literally thousands of amazing people into my life, but the most important of them to me turns 40 today.

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The Lost Value of Coworking: Wellness

coworking
2 minute read

When we scored the coworking.com domain early last year, my personal goal was to have a digital placeholder for the word “coworking” and tie it to the shared core values of the community: collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability.

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The Importance of Lines

business
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Indy Hall is growing, every day and in more interesting ways. We think a lot about how to grow something like Indy Hall. “More members” seems like the obvious answer, but we think it’s not quite that straightforward. We’re focused on growing deep, not growing tall.

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Not Your Typical Coworking Facility

business
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Nerd Fort isn’t your typical coworking facility. We don’t rent out desks daily or hourly to whoever wanders in. We lease space on amonthly basis to good people, and focus on building a vibrant, active, helpful community. Of nerds.The fact that this group in  self-identifies ...

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Philadelphia: Making it Cool to Care

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Indy Hall and Young Involved Philadelphia are partnering to help capture the reasons that people love Philly as our own Valentine’s Day celebration, including a party this Thursday. I’d encourage you to share reasons you love Philly on Twitter and include the hashtag “#whyilov...

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How Thomas Fuchs Develops Webapps in 2011

business
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My friend Thomas Fuchs, who also happens to be the author of Scriptaculous, also just authored a list of his “power tools” that he uses while creating badass webapps with his wife & co-conspirator Amy Hoy. He surprised me at the end – not because he’s wrong, but because I ...

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Spaces Die. Coworking lives on.

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Though I’ve known for a couple of weeks, Tara just announced publicly that Citizen Space is closing at the end of this month.

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Preserve this. Reinforce this. Remember this.

community
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Spotted this on the new IgnitePhilly website in the about section. It was from a 2008, Philly’s first Ignite. It resonated deeply then and still does now.

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What Turned Us On – A 2007 Retrospective

business
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In the summer of 2007, before Indy Hall was a place but was undeniably on the path of becoming a thing, we had a group of people who met on a semi-regular basis for a Junto, an event modeled on Ben Franklin’s “gatherings of mutual self-improvement”. P’unk Ave still holds them ...

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Getting back to Growth Part 1: Indy Hall

business
3 minute read

2010 was different.

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SXSWi: The Festival

elsewhere
2 minute read

I have a feeling this is going to become a meme of some sort, as people begin to bail on SXSW for “jumping the shark” or, “not scaling”.

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Socially Acceptable

business
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My reading regiment has been predominantly non-fiction for most of my adult life, which is a bummer and a half. I struggle to read fiction these days, mostly because there’s not enough time in the day to read all of the non-fiction stuff I want to. Also, for all of my love for...

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The Gap Between Coworkers and Co-workers isn’t the Hyphen

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My buddy Jonathan Finnegan (a.k.a. Finn, or that guy who Karaoke’d “The Humpty Dance” and “Just a Friend” with a broken arm at Cogaoke in years past) asked me,

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