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Posts Tagged ‘coworking’

CoWorking in Galt – Next Steps

Friday, December 25th, 2009

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Several of us met on Monday night to chat about coworking in Galt. and it was a fantastic discussion that covered all kinds of ground. This wasn’t a formal meeting of any kind, but several points of view were expressed, concerns raised, questions answered and points clarified. In a word, it was great.

We realized that we have several options going forward – only one of which is setting up an NPO from scratch and going it alone. In order to properly move ahead – and fairly assess the options – it was decided that the most prudent next step was to identify clearly (and succinctly) what we mean when we say we want a coworking space in Galt – a definition.

We set an aggressive deadline of January 4th to have the definition completed. We will use the same Google DOc we used for brainstorming to keep things together: http://colincarmichael.ca/galtcoworkdoc

So have at it!

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Meeting Called to Discuss Coworking Space in Galt

Friday, December 11th, 2009

Yesterday’s blog post sparked quite the conversation on Twitter last night! I thought we should try to capitalize on the momentum and get a bunch of people in a room to brainstorm, so I called the first meeting of the Galt Coworking Group.

We will meet Monday, December 21st at 8:30pm at the Golden Kiwi pub on Dickson St.
RSVP here: http://guestlistapp.com/events/11064

Everyone is welcome to come and offer your $0.02 on this idea.

Update: There is a public working document for fleshing out the principles of what we are trying to accomplish. Read and edit it here: http://colincarmichael.ca/galtcoworkdoc

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Working alone, together.

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Not an ideal working environment...

Not an ideal working environment…

Guess where I spent most of my day today? The public library. Why? Well, long story short, the weather made commuting to the office a silly thing to attempt so I was stuck in town with nowhere to work.

I essentially have three options in this situation: 1) work from home, 2) work from a cafe, 3) work from the library

The first option is really not an option since there are 4 pre-schoolers there and no “home office”. Option #2 is my usual habit – but you can only drink so much overpriced coffee in a day. So today was #3 – no pressure to leave , but still less than ideal.

The biggest problem with each of these options (even #1) is isolation. Humans are social creatures and require social interaction, within the context of their work, to be creative.

So what to do? I’ve been intrigued by the concept of coworking for some time. The idea of being able to work on my own but in an office full of people I know is very attractive!

I have this feeling that we’re reaching a critical mass in Cambridge that could support some kind of cooperative working environment. In talking with a few folks today and yesterday, I’m sure I’m not alone in that belief.

So let’s do it. Let’s incorporate a non-profit to create a cooperative working space for professionals in Cambridge that need a place to hang their hat from 9 to 5 but have no use for a full office of their own.

Who’s with me?

UPDATE: a few of us are throwing around ideas on Twitter. Use the #galtcowork hashtag to particpate!

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