Sounds like you are doing a great job! As for the Austin conference...it would be great time, but I'm wondering if the Coworking Europe event would be closer?
Love the passion there and the potential for impact.
Barrie's Coworking Community
On 2012-10-30, at 5:00 AM, Jon Stever, The Office RW wrote:
> Thanks very much Chad,
> The international news on Africa is well-known for its bias. This country deserves more positive publicity. Rwanda is developing so fast - think East Asian growth miracle speed (poverty fell by 12 percentage points in the last 5 years and real GDP growth has averaged above 7%) - and the business environment is improving really rapidly (I registered this business in 6 hours; Rwanda is considered by the World Bank to be the third-best business environment in Africa behind only Mauritius and South Africa and is the 8th easiest country in the world to start a business). The Office is hoping to become the innovative and creative and enabling physical environment that mirrors Rwanda's ambitious reforms and growth vision.
> I agree with your comments, and we are definitely focusing on building the local community first. Our first 12 members are an excellent cross-section of small business owners and professionals in Rwanda - it's almost a complete entrepreneurial ecosystem already (a web designer, a creative museum outreach officer, a general construction manager, a graphic designer, a mobile app company, accounting firm, tech support company, and a financial literacy consultant).
> We're also already looking at ways to engage the wider community in Kigali. For example, during Global Entrepreneurship Week (mid-November) we are partnering with a local organization that has set up entrepreneurship clubs at highschools across Rwanda to have an open house at The Office to let select highschool students engage with our members and contacts and to broaden their horizons.
> But, is there much to be gained from joining international groups in terms of raising profiles, learning from experiences, and hosting coworkers from across the globe? Is Creativespace a member any of the international groups/lists, and has it had much benefit from joining them?
> Also, does the community here think it would be worthwhile for us to attend the Unconference in Austin next year?
> p.s. Glad you like the view from the space - Kigali is a ridiculously beautiful city and we have a great view of its trees and hills from our balcony (and our roof terrace that we will turn into a funky cafe next summer!).
> Join our community today on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TheOfficeRW) and Twitter (@TheOfficeRW)
> On Monday, 29 October 2012 17:16:09 UTC+2, creativespace wrote:
> No harm in joining the list and networks, but your main market is your local community. Best to spend the time working those relationships then broadcasting on the global bulletin board. As it's been said many times in this group; build the community first.
> Our biggest success are groups of little wins and losses that happen along the way within our community and organically grow which provides greater sustainability.
> Love the trees out front! Show some of the surrounding area on going - location/ environment are key.
> That said - continue to use this international group - there are lots of great people willing to share stories, ideas, cautions, etc.
> Chad Ballantyne
> On 2012-10-29, at 10:47 AM, Jon Stever, The Office RW wrote:
>> Hey everyone,
>> The Office RW is a new coworking space in Kigali, Rwanda.
>> We opened two weeks ago for 12 crash-testers, and will open officially in December (www.TheOfficeRW.com).
>> I've seen various groups (league of extraordinary co-working spaces, loose cubes, deskwanted, goodcoworking, etc), and was wondering if we should be trying to join or get listed on any of these sites/groups to help integrate ourselves better into the global coworking community and movement? Is the coworking un-conference something that many people would recommend us travelling to attend?
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