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Author: Alex Hillman: Community Builder, Culture Designer

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This is a podcast for people who build coworking communities.

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Think you need to go to a coworking space to be genuine member of the community? Think again! Give this quick but powerful episode a listen, featuring Lydia Martin's crowd-favorite talk about "remote coworking" from last year's People at Work Summit. Enjoy!
We're counting the days to our big ONLINE coworking conference, The People at Work Summit. Find out who's speaking, and what an online conference really "looks" like. In this episode, Sam and Adam highlight some of our speakers and their discussion topics. Tune in for a fun discussion, and lots of similes. And make sure you grab your tickets for the event at http://peopleatworksummit.com, and listen to the end of the show for a way to get 10% off your ticket!
"Everything was really, really, really good." There's something in the air at CUAsia, and it's making coworking founders and operators extremely good at their work. In this episode, Alex and Adam recap their recent trip to Chiang Mai, Thailand for CUAsia 2017. Find out what impressed them most during their trip overseas and why they think even though Asia is young in terms of coworking, the entire region deserves our undivided attention as leaders of the industry. While discussing the schedule of this year's conference, we dive into why we think CUAsia is far beyond the curve, why it feels like a coworking conference at its best, and why we think the Asia Pacific contingent of coworking professionals are primed to make big moves in our industry. Huge props to CAAP, Hubba, Hubud and so many more for putting in the work. Related links & mentions CUAsia Coworking Alliance of Asia Pacific Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
At Indy Hall, we don't offer lockers, we leave our door wide open, and we tend to leave our computers on our desks while we're away for lunch. And yet, we all feel safe and sound. How is that possible? In this episode, Adam and Alex visit a pivotal past event in which a member stole from the community and how we introduced a community-focused solution for keeping our members safe. A good security system is an incredibly important, super tricky thing that can be hard to introduce and easy to screw up. Is a lock-down solution worth the sacrifice of people feeling welcomed? Find out how we manage to keep our community safe while elevating the value and importance of trust. We've written about this before! Check out extended Show Notes & Related Links: Dangerously Awesome: "The neighborhood Watch Method..." Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
If you have ever heard or spoken the words "coworking won't work in this town", this episode is for you. Alex is joined by Sean Fedorko, founder of Radius Cowork, and the two community leaders debunk the popular myth that coworking can't succeed in a small town. Alex learns what gave Sean the confidence to start his coworking community in a place where everyone told him it wasn't possible. Find out what Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the United States, and "small city" Erie, PA have in common when it comes to attitudes toward coworking. And learn why embracing your region, not rejecting it, is the strongest and most overlooked resource for your community's success. Related links & mentions Sean Fedorko's TEDx Talk, "The Case for Coworking" Brian Slawin's TEDx Talk, "Why Erie?" Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
In this episode, Sam and Alex talk tools - specifically, one tool we use at Indy Hall to create community continuity. Find out which communication software we use to create a first-class gathering space for our entire community. People underestimate how much value an online gathering place brings to a coworking community. Using Slack, we create opportunities for members to discover one another and feel ownership over the community they belong to. Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
Stop making excuses. Go do stuff together. Recorded with Bernie J Mitchell on Ouishare Radio. Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
Yo! Coworking alone sucks. Who do you turn to when you need a boost? We're starting a new community for professional community builders. Meta, right? http://coworkingweekly.com/braintrust In this episode, Alex and Adam discuss an "impulsive" tattoo that symbolizes anything but hastiness. You've probably heard us talk about our JFDI philosophy, now we'll share an important compliment to that mantra. Plus, we recall a leadership lesson from an unexpected place: the orchestra. Show Notes & Related Links Dangerously Awesome: "Sustained" Itay Talgam: "Lead Like Great Conductors" Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
It's been almost three years and more than 50 episodes, and we're finally introducing Indy Hall's co-founder, Geoff DiMasi, to the show. [Heads up: this episode is PACKED with valuable lessons and exercises for how to get people to do things together, and this is one of my favorite episodes we've done for how personal and actionable it is. Enjoy!] Alex and Geoff's conversation couldn't be more timely for the New Year as they discuss setting achievable goals and the unbeatable fulfillment of actually making stuff. Hear Geoff's personal recollection of Indy Hall's origin and how these community co-founders prioritize invitations and attainable ambitions. Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
I decided to do something different at the closing keynote from this 2012 conference for the creative community in Cincinnati, Ohio. I'm planning to start adding some of these talk recordings from my archives. Let me know what you think! Show Notes & Links Queen City Merge - http://qcmerge.com/2012/ Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
Our final episode in the year 2016! Alex and Adam explore a brand new segment called "Catchphrase" in which they share a common mantra spoken by staff and members of Indy Hall.In this episode, the catchphrase is: ask the f*cking members. The guys also describe a time-honored Indy Hall tradition, our community Town Hall. They recall the origin, purpose, and best (and worst) examples of Town Hall through our history. They also, inadvertently, learn a valuable lesson out loud. Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
In this episode, we're taking a critical look at this year’s Coworking Europe conference in Brussels. We look for a balance between the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones while examining an industry event that deserves to be stronger. We also discuss a bothersome trend that we see in almost every conference, something that we’d like to see avoided in the future. We’ll share our highlights and lowlights from this year’s conference, and ask questions to help us find a way to improve our experiences and prospects of future events. Show Notes & Related Links Listen to Part 1: EP47 - Survivor’s Guide to Coworking Europe Brussels, Part 1 Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
In this episode, we're taking a critical look at this year’s Coworking Europe conference in Brussels. We look for a balance between the joy of seeing old friends and making new ones while examining an industry event that deserves to be stronger. We also discuss a bothersome trend that we see in almost every conference, something that we’d like to see avoided in the future. We’ll share our highlights and lowlights from this year’s conference, and ask questions to help us find a way to improve our experiences and prospects of future events. Show Notes & Related Links Past conference recaps: EP5 - Live from the Coworking Europe Conference, Part Uno EP6 - Live from the Coworking Europe Conference, Part Dos EP10 - What NOT to do while building your community... EP16 - How to Win at a Coworking Conference In 2016 EP33 - The first totally "virtual" coworking conference Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
In this episode we gain inspiration from a blog post written by Alice Dundon, a barista from Berlin, entitled "Behind the Bar: 5 Ways to Build a Meaningful Network in a Coworking Space." Commenting on Alice's five points we shed some light on where and how we've experienced the pros and cons of these networking principles and address your most urgent networking questions with our usual not so traditional answers. This episode is a newer format we will continue to play with and we'd love to hear your thoughts about it! Keep us informed with your work or things you've seen that have inspired you and we'd love to have you as part of the show! Related links & mentions Video mention on the importance of listening: "It's not about the nail." Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
When you think about a "classroom", what kind of room do you imagine? In this episode, Raechel French gives her insight into the collaborative process she uses to designing innovative schools. You'll be amazed what you can learn from her process to apply to your coworking space! Related Links & Mentions Raechel's blog Innovative Learning Environments + Teacher Change (ILE+TC) Learning Environments Applied Research Network (LEaRN) DLR Group Raechel's recommendations on research and interesting people to follow: LEaRN Christensen Institute New Tech Network Buck Institute Anne Knock Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
Trying something new this week! Tune in for this quick riff on the fact that members come...and members go. How does it feel when you put in a ton of work to bring people together, build an awesome community, and...people still leave? Not great...but what if you could change that? You might be falling into a trap that lots of people do, and over-indexing the wrong thing when prominent members of your community go away, and what you can do to turn it around. Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
This week we tackle the idea of marrying a freelance coworking space with a childcare service. Among many other valuable steps, you'll learn how the first step in building this idea is separating and honing it into a more focused one. Treat this week's episode as a primer, or a brainstorm if you will, to help you accomplish the creative jump into building your unique coworking space. Enjoy! Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
This week [Alex] sits down with Mike Mehalick the engineer behind this very show to discuss an inside perspective on working within the Indy Hall community and what it means to develop professionally as a coworking college intern. The discussion also touches on different insights into how to develop an audience with the college community and what it means to grow the coworking ideal amongst others.
This week we're looking into the future, YOUR future. Pick up a pen and paper or some type of practical writing medium and listen along to this productive workshop that will help you develop your personal, professional and communal goals. Let us know what you think of this "interactive homework" format and tell us what you found to be most valuable. Sharing your stories allows us to open up a dialogue about you and your community's goals, find a collaborative solution and potentially have you on the show! Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
I've never had a better example for how little a special, fancy designed office matters. Until now. Tune in for a brief collection of stories that might change your mind about spaces being designed specially for collaboration. Among these stories is the incredible work being done at the "Liberty Village Residency Association" a collaborative, living community that was able to creatively flip a counterintuitive community space into a thriving one. Mentioned & related links for this show EP16 - How to Win at a Coworking Conference In 2016 EP20 - Ten Questions about the Future of Work EP27 - How to succeed with sponsors Bain Co-op Subscribe to the show to get a new episode every Monday Subscribe in iTunes Subscribe in Overcast Get the RSS Feed Subscribe via email And don't forget you can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/alexhillman :)
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