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Listen to The Coworking Weekly Show! Here are the first 3 episodes.

business
5 minute read

I’ve been working on something new for you!

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What to do when people in your area don’t understand coworking

coworking
4 minute read

“We’re having a really hard time getting traction with our coworking space. Coworking is just so new here, and people don’t really understand it.”

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Why do some freelancers work out of cafes vs. coworking spaces (and vice versa)?

business
2 minute read

The short, two part answer is loneliness + context.

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Conversation Therapy

community
11 minute read

Think about the last person you met, or were introduced to.

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There’s never only one community

elsewhere
5 minute read

If you’ve ever been in a community leadership position, you’ve probably been tempted (or worse even tried) to wrangle or squeeze a community closer together.

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The Neighborhood Watch Method for Coworking Space Security

community
8 minute read

Have you ever thought about how sending a message of “I don’t trust you” can actually make some kinds of problems MORE likely, not less?

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Behind the scenes of a front-page Biz Journal interview, “Coworking: Any old space won’t do”

business
20 minute read

I have a love/hate relationship with the press, especially when it comes to coworking. Mostly because I know what’s NOT in the story.

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“How I turned an empty coworking space into a coworking community”

business
7 minute read

I don’t often do guest posts on my blog. But after Andy Soell helped someone on the Coworking Google Group with some tremendously valuable advice, I had to ask him if he’d be willing to share that same advice here. I’m happy that he obliged. Enjoy! -Alex

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Do’s and Dont’s for photos of coworking.

community
4 minute read

What’s missing from this picture of a coworking space?

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Don’t forget what it’s like to be a community member

elsewhere
5 minute read

I’m sooooooo sick and tired of industry-speke. There is a growing lot of people – and I include myself in this pool of guilt – who love to talk about coworking, communities, and our collaborative cultures.

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Libraries as Hubs of Self-Organizing Communities

elsewhere
1 minute read

Last week, my biz partner Geoff DiMasi shared a bunch of Indy Hall lessons with a community of library-folk at their spring membership meeting.

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Is your passion enough to keep building a community? Nope.

business
3 minute read

Community building is an endurance sport. Far more marathon than sprint.

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5 ways to succeed when collaborating with your local government

community
4 minute read

Back when Indy Hall was just a few days old, we were “lucky” enough to get some really good front-page newspaper coverage. 

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Geppetto Coworking

coworking
6 minute read

If you’ve read one newspaper or magazine article about coworking, you’ve read them all. Right?

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To build a strong community, stop “community managing”, be a Tummler instead.

community
15 minute read

I can’t stand the title “community manager“. I’m not a community manager. I never have not never will hire a community manager.

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The stories you tell

business
1 minute read

You remember to talk about the future, what you haven’t done yet, because it’s still amazing/exciting to you. It’s easy and fun to dream, and share that dream with others.

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How to design community building events that people will love and remember

elsewhere
8 minute read

A community builder’s and work is a sequence of events. How can you be sure that the events that you organize stand out?

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Why aren’t people listening to you?

elsewhere
2 minute read

It shouldn’t be so hard to get people’s attention.

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“Open-plan offices were devised by Satan in the deepest caverns of hell” and other similar nonsense you might read about trends in the workplace

business
5 minute read

Oh look, open floorplan offices are under scrutiny again, this time by the Harvard Business review.

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Serendipity Stories – A Wet Cigarette

community
5 minute read

Indy Hall and the global coworking community has provided me with literally THOUSANDS of stories. I’ve realized, looking back, how many of them are packed with serendipity. This is my attempt to share just one of them. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to share more.

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