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Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 52: Slack for Community

Virtual Membership With a virtual memberships, one still feels up to speed about what is happening. Additionally, she is still able to contribute online to discussions.  It is gratifying that local members still know who she is. Even local members she never met in person can recognize her. They see her name and contributions online which is rewarding. The number one downside to virtual memberships is a feeling of disconnection that is common.  They often feel as though the main…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 51: Taking Your Time

Community and Need to Work There is a difference between people who want to be around one another versus those who want space.  Just because you are not in the building, does not mean you are not part of the community. People can be an active part of the community even when they are not in the room.  They do not have to disassociate when they do not need the space anymore. The way people interact with space is different.…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 50: Community Engagement

Supporting the Community People can connect with a group of like-minded people, and create with them.  To best support the community as a whole, think about how one person’s idea will impact the whole community.  You should not just be focused on benefitting any one niche within the space. Additionally, older, more veteran members of the theatre help facilitate new members and bring them into the community.  They spread the welcome that they received. Due to the people continuously coming…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 49: Ask the Members

Alex Hillman and Adam Teterus approached the podcast in a new way.  This episode was focused on asking members Asking Members Coworking is an environment full of people.  Inevitably, there will be ideas that do not work out.  However, members are often forgotten throughout this whole process.  Asking members is much more than a survey or a vote. In these instances, there are set options that members are expected to choose between.  There is a fine line between directly asking…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 48: Coworking Europe Brussels Part 2

Alex Hillman and Sam Abrams continued their discussion on the Coworking Europe Conference from the last episode.  Sam related her workshop to improv. Community Something that is taken for granted in the coworking industry is community.  There is an assumption that you should be successful in community if you take certain steps or do certain things.  You learn community building skills with practice. No one is naturally good at community building. It takes practice, time, and dedication.  If you do…