Every two weeks we publish a blog in our series of Coworking Stories. Working in a coworking space is relatively new and carries new motivations, needs and collaborations along. We want to uncover how special, sustainable and valuable it is to work in a coworking space. We also want to investigate what the struggles are and what needs to be improved. In this second edition Dirk Scheele, entrepreneur and tenant of Het Industriegebouw in Rotterdam, explains why glass walls are crucial in the success of a coworking space.
Every two weeks we publish a blog in our series of Coworking Stories. Working in a coworking space is relatively new and carries new motivations, needs and collaborations along. We want to uncover how special, sustainable and valuable it is to work in a coworking space. We also want to investigate what the struggles are and what needs to be improved . In this first edition, Sem Carree of Kleinhandel in Rotterdam explains us how they integrated Design Thinking in creating a coworking space.
It seems exceptional. Someone who has a background in Strategic Product Design, that currently is a concept creator of a coworking space, called Kleinhandel. Despite that, it is not as crazy as it sounds. The vision on which the prudence of Kleinhandel is based, originates from Design Thinking. The statement of Albert Einstein: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” has a relation with Design Thinking and on the tact and vision of concept creators Sem Carree and Brendan Jansen op de Haar. What role does Design Thinking play in the development of the coworking space and the community that it carries? …
The success of shared workspace is built on the same principles of interaction essential to the well-being of all human communities. Most of us have experienced their benefit on a practical level. The importance of the principles has also been demonstrated through compelling scientific research.
What are these principles of community building, and why are they important.
Coworking spaces can rely on frameworks to build communities that enhance the personal and work lives of members. These platforms have been proven successful in individual companies from start-ups to mid-size businesses and in workspaces shared by multiple companies.
These platforms are built on six foundational principles. In two earlier posts, four of them were explored:
+ The value of Membership & Fulfillment of needs
+ The importance of Knowing one another & Shared experiences
The last two principles enhance the sense of community for all by giving members a shared identity and providing each one a voice regardless of their position within the community. …
Coworking spaces can be a great way to broaden networks. Yet not all coworking spaces put as much effort and focus into building a community around their space as they would like to. The coworking spaces that are building a community know how valuable it can be. But it’s still a challenge to build a proper community. mr.Watson helps to solve this problem and allows you to easily create a coworking community. We built a platform for spaces to strengthen the network, and we have gathered a lot of knowledge while building it.
In the next few months we will publish a serie of articles around our findings, ideas and questions from the world of coworking spaces. With over 2.5 years experience in the field of creating better communities, and over 3000 members within these communities, we are happy to share what we have learned so far. Starting with the information we found asking ourselves what a community is an when people feel a part of a community. …
Two of our six core principles for building a strong coworking community are to facilitate:
+ Everyone knowing who is who;
+ Shared experiences.
These values are essential for healthy human relationships of all types involving any number of people. They’re the roots of a thriving sense of community. Bringing them to the workplace is part of our mission. Now, let’s get practical about these principles.
Knowing who is who
Our community building strategy starts with membership and then facilitates members knowing one another in more than just name. Demonstrated benefits of this approach include the growth of meaningful friendships, the development of the trust needed to share innovative ideas and practices, and the resulting success and personal value for coworking community members. …