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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…

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Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 46: How to Build a Network

In a conversation with Adam Teterus, Alex Hillman discussed an article by Alice Dundon , a barista from Berlin.  The article was entitled "Behind the Bar: 5 Ways to Build a Meaningful Network in a Coworking Space." Taking Interest Taking interest in people’s lives take a certain degree of curiosity.  There should a genuine give and take between what is exchanged. The different between taking and faking interest is the feeling of comfort one feels.  If someone is taking interest…

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Alex Hillman Podcasts Episode 40: Design for Community

Alex Hillman answered a question pertaining to the importance of design for community. How important is the design of a space? Alex recalled a time he went to Liberty Village, a collection of condo buildings lining the streets of a neighborhood in Canada.  The separation of the buildings is the opposite of what he thinks of when he thinks community building. The design of the condos actively divides them.  Unless you are a resident of the building, you cannot enter…

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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…

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An Outsider’s Perspective on Coworking

After spending a little over a month in a coworking space in suburban Ashburn, Virginia learning about the world of coworking from various conferences, podcasts, and personal experiences, I have put together an analysis of the industry.  In this analysis I will focus on Alex Hillman’s podcasts from Dangerously Awesome. [caption id="attachment_2148" align="alignnone" width="300"] Coworkers at a Desk[/caption] Community From what I have heard, people who are heavily involved in the industry seem to think that coworking has the power…