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Why economic development needs a more collaborative approach to building cities

community
4 minute read

Philadelphia is becoming a test case for a new theory on how cities develop in 21st-Century America. The conventional wisdom used to be that economic development was the key to urban dynamism. Create the jobs, the people would follow, incomes would rise, and all would be we...

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Why Coworking is Growing in Australia, Part I: The Culture & Pace of Business

business
6 minute read

I’ve been to Australia twice in the last 12 months. Three different cities. All for coworking related activities.

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How to get an internship at Indy Hall

community
4 minute read

It’s springtime, which means that we’ve been getting an influx of internship request emails at Indy Hall as people come out of their winter hibernation and gear up for the summer. Timing is ripe, too, since we’re spinning up a rebooted version of our internship program very soon.

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Guest Post: An Ode to Indy Hall Night Owls by Hila Ratzabi

coworking
1 minute read

This is post is being shared from one of Indy Hall’s members, Hila Ratzabi, about her experience at our weekly Night Owls coworking session:

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Indy Hall 2012: Reviewing Our Coworking Community by the Numbers

business
6 minute read

With coworking spaces closing or getting to the brink of closure, it’s important for Indy Hall to do even more to lead by example on the community building side of the operation. The numbers – our bottom line – that are directly related to how we grow our community are worth s...

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What do people see in your community?

community
1 minute read

I had a conversation this week with one of Indy Hall’s newest members. He came for the first time on Monday, returned on Wednesday for Indy Hall Night Owls, and returned again last night to give a talk to one of our technology meetups.

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How do you know if your community is leaking?

community
5 minute read

How much of your energy is focused on growing your community by adding new members?

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Indy Hall Stories – A Glimpse of a Party

coworking
1 minute read

Just a few days after our most recent party, I’m happy to debut a video made by Indy Hall member Adriano Martino. This video showcases some very personal words from Indy Hall members and partygoers about why they love Indy Hall. If you’ve ever been to an Indy Hall party you kn...

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There’s No Substitute for Analog

business
5 minute read

Last night I got to tour Miner Street Recordings, the home of the Weathervane Music Incubator (disclosure, Geoff and I are both on Weathervane’s advisory board) & the birthplace of some incredible Philadelphia independent music. I found myself amidst talented musicians, ca...

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Community Leadership Lessons from Open Source

community
1 minute read

Charlie Robbins is a CEO. Which means, by his own definition, he’s a boss.

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The three necessary ingredients for community. Do you have them?

community
6 minute read

I’ve realized that people tend to avoid defining “community” because there are so many variations on the recipe. We say things like, “That’s not how my community works” or “we did it this way” to draw lines in the sand based on differences without taking the time to look for s...

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(A Better Way to Say) Philly is for Entrepreneurs

business
13 minute read

This morning, I’ll be joining a few of my friends and the Mayor of Philadelphia as he announces a new City of Philadelphia initiative called StartupPHL and I wanted to share a few thoughts in the moments beforehand.

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When Coworking Spaces Fail – “Live” & Uncut

business
3 minute read

Guest contributor Michelle Leddon interviewed me via email for a Deskmag piece on Coworking Space Failures, which I happily obliged, especially given my interest and recent info-gathering efforts on the topic.

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How To Measure 5 Years of Indy hall

community
1 minute read

Indy Hall turning 5 represents so many things to me and to our community.

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5 Reasons Your Community Isn’t Growing

business
2 minute read

Are you feeling the pressure to be a better community builder?

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My morbid curiosity with Coworking Space Closings

business
3 minute read

I’m sure I’m not the only person interested in Coworking who has Google Alerts set up for the words “coworking” and, sigh, “co-working“.

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Tips for Building Community After Opening a Coworking Space

business
2 minute read

Have you ever gone grocery shopping while hungry?

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How To Meet Your Coworkers

community
1 minute read

One of the key elements to a healthy coworking space (and any office, for that matter) is obvious to some, but not as obvious to others: get to know your coworkers!

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The Virtues of Indy Hall

business
4 minute read

After last week’s town hall about Indy Hall’s expansion, I was speaking with some friends about how we approach things, especially in times of growth. We’re pretty deliberate about the way we choose to interact and the things that we make priorities, and while these decisions ...

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Global Changes, Making Choices, and Coworking

coworking
1 minute read

Watch and listen to Brad Neuberg talk about where coworking came from.

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