For those in SF on 10/5/06, I would like to suggest a Coworking day in
I have spent some time thinking about the concept of Coworking and
Telecommuting. And while I am convinced that telecommuting is the way
of the future, and Coworking environments a must to make telecommuting
a more viable or pleasant experience, I also think that it will take
time, and a lot of education, before it becomes something that can be
In the meantime, as a smooth transition towards the ideal, I think that
there is room for "Coworking days" where one day a month maybe I would
go in a Coworking environment to meet other professional who like me
work from home most of their time. This would allow the establishment
of the coworking concept without a critical need for it to be
completely sustainable from the beginning.
I was lucky enough that I have been telecommuting for a couple of years
before going full time into working from home. I am also lucky that I
have an office, and a complete setup that allows me to be self
But then going from telecommute where I was still going to the office
once a week to full time working from home as meant that I do not get
to socialize with corporate co-workers anymore. I meet clients and
partners, but not this guy that happens to be at the watercooler at the
same time I am and with whom I can exchange and relax.
A coworking day event is the opportunity to do that: keep working from
home where I have all I need, but go to a local Coworking place once a
month, or once a week to see who else in the neigborhood works from
home, and to get a chance to learn what they are doing.
I have a friend who owns a very cool space in beautiful Sausalito
(http://www.studiomsausalito.com/), and she has been kind enough to let
us have it for an experiment, trying to make the idea happen.
I have created a page to explain the concept and allow people
interested in the idea to sign up. check out
Let's see what happens...
Feedback welcome :-)
Certainly we need to be as flexible with the spaces as possible --
since the goal is to work not in isolation, but in a common, familiar,
I would recommend that you look at Jelly, an initiative out of New
York that's similar to what you've described:
I would also like to make it to your coworking day if possible (though
transport may be difficult)... Carpooling anyone?
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When I had a client near there in Sausalito, have the fun was taking my
bike on the ferry (or two ferries from the East Bay) to get there --
that was actually some of my most productive/inspirational time, with
views and fresh salt spray that tourists pay ten times as much to
experience. GGT line 10 runs right there from SF; others run nearby
(half-mile walk from Marin City transit center, or some of the bus pads
on 101 up above Sausalito). I've added a sample transit link to the
A million accolades to the Hat Factory organizers and crew. You really
made it happen.
Unfortunately, the location doesn't quite work for me. Hopefully, I can
meet more people during Coworking day to start Hat Factory the Sequel.
I won't be going the whole day, so it might be worth it to arrange
alternative transport home.
If you need a lift, just drop me a note!
I'm really bummed, so I'd like to propose making open house/open
coworking a regular thing across the coworking network... This was the
original spirit of Brad's idea and I think having a low barrier
coworking day would be a great way to build up interest and momentum.
Thanks again for the suggestion and sorry we can't make it out.
On 10/4/06, laurasfo <listen...@gmail.com> wrote:
We'll be moving in Nov 1 and will have probably 10 total desks, many
of which are already reserved.
We do want to mix it up and make the office available for certain
coworking opportunities -- possibly an open day every other week or as
space is available. Most of this is up in the air, but we are
definitely in the process of securing 425 2nd St downtown with 1350 sq
More details as they emerge. ;)
On Oct 5, 4:08 pm, "Chris Messina" <chris.mess...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, we've got lights, we've got paint and we're close to action. Heh.
> We'll be moving in Nov 1 and will have probably 10 total desks, many
> of which are already reserved.
> We do want to mix it up and make the office available for certain
> coworking opportunities -- possibly an open day every other week or as
> space is available. Most of this is up in the air, but we are
> definitely in the process of securing 425 2nd St downtown with 1350 sq
> More details as they emerge. ;)
> On 10/5/06, Brad Neuberg <paperairpl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Chris, how are you outfitting your office? Did you space for another
> > coworking space?
> > Best,
> > Brad
> > On 10/5/06, Brad Neuberg <paperairpl...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > I love the idea of mixing it up between coworking spaces, like Chris said.
> > > Maybe we need to start having regular small parties at each space and
> > invite
> > > folks between them to cross-fertilize.
> > > Brad
> > > On 10/5/06, Chris Messina <chris.mess...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > Gah, it looks like outfitting our office is going to take up all our
> > > > time today and we won't be able to make it out after all.
> > > > I'm really bummed, so I'd like to propose making open house/open
> > > > coworking a regular thing across the coworking network... This was the
> > > > original spirit of Brad's idea and I think having a low barrier
> > > > coworking day would be a great way to build up interest and momentum.
> > > > Thanks again for the suggestion and sorry we can't make it out.
> > > > Chris
On 10/2/06, schlomo rabinowitz <sch...@gmail.com> wrote: