How to crush the spirit of community with private offices"Several years ago, I asked my mom where she keeps the plastic wrap for leftovers. She replied, 'I don’t believe in it.' My initial reaction was that she was crazy! It obviously exists! You can buy it and lots of people use it every day. She said, 'well, I don’t really care about those people, it has never worked for me.' Today I think the same about private offices, I don’t believe in them.” Angel Kwiatkowksi writes about why privates offices weaken a community.
An Easy Way to Build and Foster a Coworking Community: Tell your storyPeople thrive on stories. Whether fact, fiction or a little of both, as is most often the case: Stories are what bind us together, as friends, families, companies, religious group, political sway or country. Stories can also enhance the connectedness of coworking communities. We all have to tell something, whether our own personal story or the story of our business. However you’re involved in coworking, tell your story. Here are a few suggestions.
Two Quick Fixes to avoid Bad Networking EventsAngel Kwiatkowski had attended her fair share of networking events in the last year, and she just want to go on the record as saying: "Most networking events are a waste of my time and yours." She's been to networking events for web people, sustainable people, people with “integrity,” early risers, late nighters, coffee drinkers, tea enthusiasts, women, pet lovers, commerce lunchers, bar hoppers and more. Here are a few examples of why those events are falling short.
Chrome beats Firefox in the coworking worldTechnology is a major part of coworking life. Nearly all coworkers use laptops and the internet on a daily basis. So what operating systems and internet browsers do coworkers use most often? The answer differs widely depending on age, gender and location. There’s good news for Google – its Chrome browser has overtaken Firefox in several demographics. Internet Explorer, however, has become as popular as the Ebola virus. In terms of operating systems and brands, Apple remains the favorite except among women.
Coworking - 19th century styleWelcome onboard one of the world’s most interesting and ecological coworking spaces. It has wireless internet, good coffee, a great view, natural air conditioning and space for about 25 coworkers, as long as two of them are horses. Yes, it’s a coach, an old-fashioned wagon, covered and horse-drawn.
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