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Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 37: Government Involvement

Alex Hillman discussed what coworking spaces offer a city and how it's value can and should be shared with those investing in them. Government Involvement Whenever cities want to get involved with coworking, it is usually because they see economic growth being generated by them.  The trouble is that they do not understand why. There are patterns that bring people together and make it different from other businesses. The problem with large, funded innovation centers is that when governments want…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 45: Adapting Culture and Space

Alex Hillman talked to Raechel French, a K-12 educational space planner.  She gave her insight into the collaborative process she uses to design innovative schools which can be applied to coworking. Humans and the environment have a symbiotic relationship.  Raechel focuses on how the architecture impacts teaching and learning.   Goal Her goal is to transform every square foot of a school into a space for learning.  This really breaks beyond the four walls. There is a huge shift towards…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 36: Coworking and College

Alex Hillman answered a listener’s question about coworking and college. Could coworking be an alternative to going to college? Alex is a college dropout himself.  He believes college is not for everyone.  There are other ways to get the learning experience that people go to college to attain. People who learn through application can greatly benefit by working in a coworking space.  There is a lot of value in college students getting involved with coworking spaces before graduation.  The network…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 35: Music

In a Q&A session, Alex Hillman answered a question about music in the workplace. What music is on your ultimate coworking playlist? Everyone has their personal preference as to how much and what kind of ambience is present in their work environment.  However, having some music playing in the background is typically better than having none at all. It avoids any kind of silence that needs to be broken.  The little background music can make more people comfortable to interact…

Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 34: Community and Trust

Alex Hillman talked to Pilar, an expert in the virtual world with an interest in people and their interactions. Community 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…