5: Coworking at Scale - With Charu and Zaid from 91 Springboard in India

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Claire speaks with Charu and Zaid from 91 Springboard in India. Their organisation has nearly 200 staff across 15 locations after 5 years, including India’s biggest coworking hub (68,000 sq. ft.) with a capacity for 1200 members.

They talk about occupancy and growth rates and the ‘product mix’ that their spaces provide, and how their members’ needs dictate these, as well as influencing their opening hours.

Springboard recognises that a community manager’s job is to know their members well, so they have a maximum ratio of managers to members of 1:100.

They speak about the challenges of scaling, understanding the coworking business model, trial and error, experimentation and learning fast.

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4: Creating an Arctic Coworking Lodge - With Rolf and Stian in Norway

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Rolf Oftedal and Stian Morel, a pair of surfers, had a dream of opening their very own coworking and coliving space. They live in Norway and fell in love with Lofoten. Already a popular destination for many Norwegians, and boasting some truly stunning scenery, as well as some decent – if not entirely tropical – surf spots, they decided that Lofoten would be the perfect location to open their own coworking space, so they went on a journey to find a space and fit it out.

They made a lot of connections with other people and some existing coworking spaces along the way, and as they prepare to launch in June 2018, we caught up with them to find out how they got the idea and how they plan to run a sustainable, quality coworking space in a fairly remote – but not too remote! – and beautiful part of the world.

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3: Rise of the Digital Nomad and Location Independent Working – With Paul Green, Social Anthropologist

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Paul Green, a Social Anthropologist at Melbourne University, talks to us about the effects that the rise of the Digital Nomad and Location Independent Working are having on communities and coworking spaces, and the opportunities and challenges this presents for coworking businesses, tourism, brain drain, and governmental policy around the world.

Paul's research focuses on the life experiences and mobility practices of digital nomads, or location independent professionals, in the context of theoretical concerns about mobility, self and place-making, and the future of travel and work.

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2: Successful Coworking in Rural Towns – With Tim Ford, Cohoots Coworking

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Cohoots Coworking is one of the original members of the Coworking Accelerator Network, and established their space in 2014 in Castlemaine near Melbourne, Australia.

Claire spoke with Tim at CUAsia 2018 about the importance of financial viability for smaller spaces, the benefit of putting on events, and the concept of "inside out coworking".

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