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Coworking Core Values 1 of 5: Sustainability

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This post is part 1 of a 5 part series exploring the 5 core values of coworking: Collaboration, Openness, Community, Accessibility, and Sustainability.

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A Crib Sheet for “Co” anything

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Coworking. Cohousing.

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Coworking Turns 6

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Traditionally, society forces us to choose between working at home for ourselves or working at an office for a company. If we work at a traditional 9 to 5 company job, we get community and structure, but lose freedom and the ability to control our own lives. If we work for o...

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Coworking “First Day” Protips

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Interested in trying out a coworking space and seeing if it’s for you?

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A Hall Pass for Bureaucracy – Code for America Philadelphia

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I haven’t really had a chance to talk much about Code for America since the team was in Philly. I won’t go into what the program is or how it works, because frankly I don’t think I can do a better job than their about page. But I really enjoyed having the CFA fellows in town e...

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On Risk Taking

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Risk taking means different things to different people.

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Some Frequently Asked Coworking Questions

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I really do enjoy answering coworking questions that find their way into my inbox, and the best questions are the ones that are discreet and to the point. I recently was emailing with Joshua Hill, the director of a new coworking effort in Bozeman, Montana.

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Why do people love Indy Hall? We asked. They told.

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After nearly 4 years of working on making the best place in the world to work, we turned to our members to find out exactly what they thought about the experience. In their own words.

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Funding in Philadelphia – The Empty Can Rattles the Loudest

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Yesterday I shared my opinion that professional & personal relationships – not jobs – are the key to student retention in Philadelphia.

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What we can do about students leaving Philadelphia after graduation

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Retention is a big problem everywhere, and here in Philadelphia it’s no exception.

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A Coworking Parable: The Game of Chess

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One day, shortly after we moved into our “new and improved” Indy Hall office in 2009, a bunch of chess pieces showed up on one of our kitchen tables. Interestingly, there was no board – just a bunch of chess pieces, arranged as if there was a board.

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What matters the most

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Ask someone what they’ll remember about their job when they leave. What do you think the most common answer is?

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How to Automate your Coworking Space, and Why

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I’ve noticed an increase in interest in systems like “swipe card entry” for coworking spaces, both from the perspective of security and automated billing. In a recent thread on the coworking google group, I mused:

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What does a week at Indy Hall look like?

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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Coworking & Zones of Proximal Development

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

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