PLACE-MAKING WORKSHOP IN THE NETHERLANDS

5 October 2017: The Coworking Accelerator Network is giving a workshop at the inaugural international summit of the Districts of Creativity Network, taking place in the city of Eindhoven across today and tomorrow.

Over the past 10 years, Eindhoven's re-purposed industrial zone has been converted into an amazing hub of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. 

The inaugural Districts of Creativity summit, Places of Potential, will explore the power of place-making.

As part of the two day event, Claire is leading a workshop to discuss how Quality Coworking can help create resilient enterprising communities with various practitioners from across Europe.

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BUILDING A QUALITY COWORKING COMMUNITY: INTERVIEW

Here at the Coworking Accelerator Network, we're all about providing practical and inspiring resources for leaders of Quality Coworking spaces.

So, for our first video interview, we talked with Steve Munroe, Co-founder of Hubud – a Quality Coworking space in Bali and one of the founding members of the Coworking Accelerator Network – about how they engaged with their community and created their space.

Here's a taster, with a link to the full video for members below:

In the full interview, available exclusively to our members, Steve talks about:

  • taking practical early steps to connect with Hubud's community
  • getting people excited about the project before they opened
  • holding a series of events during their build-up to keep people informed
  • finding their first physical coworking space
  • getting a (very!) small number of key people to "buy in" and create awareness
  • how Hubud's business model has changed since they opened
  • what additional services they have provided for their members
  • ...and what a Quality Coworking community looks like at Hubud

Coworking Accelerator Network Members can watch the full 20-minute long interview here.

If you're running a coworking space with community at its heart, we'd love for you to join us so we can share more inspirational tips and practical advice with you, and help to promote your business.

"COLLABORATION POWER"

Scottish national newspaper The Scotsman features the Coworking Accelerator Network:

"While the term coworking may be bandied about, referring to what is effectively hot-desking," writes Emma Newlands for the paper, "[The Coworking Accelerator Network] wants to reappropriate its definition to emphasise its added value of 'good community and economic practices'."

"The intention is to help create independent quality coworking spaces internationally, linking those with shared values in a bid to foster community spirit"

For more, see the full article reproduced below.

Related: New and emerging coworking space managers should take a look at the EXPLORE Quality Coworking learning event.

Article courtesy the Scotsman

EXPLORE QUALITY COWORKING – 2017 LEARNING EVENT

Setting up and growing a community-focused coworking business takes a lot of hard work... which is why we are delighted to announce our bespoke two-day learning event for new coworking space owners/operators – to minimise your risks and resources needed, maximise your success and accelerate your start-up process...

We have designed this unique two-day workshop so you can learn from highly experienced coworking space founders, explore the essentials of delivering quality coworking and develop strategies for your business success alongside other new space owners/developers. Topics such as:

  • Identifying and minimising potential risks at the startup stage
  • Informing the design of your physical space and services for maximum revenue and optimal utilisation
  • Securing investment
  • Attracting and retaining members and growing your community
  • Putting on impactful community building events
  • Building the best and most appropriate delivery team

EXPLORE Quality Coworking

JUNE 22—23, 2017

WORKSHOP: MAKE OR BREAK YOUR NEXT COWORKING SPACE

During the European Coworking Conference in November 2016, Claire Carpenter (Coworking Accelerator Network / The Melting Pot) and Ronald van de Hoff (Seats2Meet) ran a Masterclass for 50 experienced coworking space operators focused on best practices, team delegation and challenges for opening a coworking space.

CAN Launch Workshop

The lively session used the Coworking Canvas to explore the benefits and potential obstacles "to make or break your next coworking space" with attendees sharing their experience in running coworking studios (the participants had combined coworking space management experience of 201 years!)

We've collated the output from the session onto the Coworking Canvas and have now made it available to download as a PDF.

It's easy to miss what's obvious when it's hidden in plain sight. Hindsight is a great teacher, so it's great to be able to reflect, capture and share these critical actions – all gathered from practitioners who've successfully made a coworking space open, and are ready for their next challenge.  

So whether you're on your first or 4th new space - don't forget these actions which will make or break your new venture.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, but these key actions were considered during the session as overall most important to do / not do when opening a space. The full list is of course much more extensive!

About the Coworking Canvas

The Coworking Canvas helps existing and developing coworking studio operators to test their ideas across key areas including co-location, network, peer support, learning, hosting and space. It forms a central part of the Coworking Accelerator Network's EXPLORE methodology. For more information, please feel free to get in touch with us.