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Coworking 5 things to know...

Coworking and the creative industries are a great combination. Both are famous for their creativity, relaxed approach to work and open-mindedness. And there are reasons for the pairing too, as creative businesses often need to pull teams together at short notice, say for a film project, and a coworking space is an ideal place to do that. Our guest writer Callum Lee asked coworkers and entrepreneurs from the creative industries in London what they expect from their coworking spaces. Here are five of the best lessons he heard.

This is a guest post from Callum Lee, Consultant at BOP Consulting, a London based agency which is examining the economic and social impacts of culture and the creative industries.

Have a niche, but not too much of one.

Coworking is about variety and community. If you want to hear new ideas, you need to look away your own profession. But you also need to connect with coworkers, and that’s hard if you’re mixing wealthy bankers with struggling artists. Coworkers told us that the quality of connection is crucial - and the right mix of people is how you get there.

Actively introduce new people.

Making the effort helps your coworkers work with one another - and this needs to be lo-tech, face to face. In one cluster, a business told us that they secured 90% of their work producing brand identities and websites for new businesses as they came in the door. The secret was simple - a blackboard telling everyone who was new. If it needed to be online, there wouldn’t be any point in being in the centre at all.

Short leases and flexible space.

Everyone loves short leases or contracts and flexible space - and not just to help with cashflow.  When we surveyed businesses the number one ask from their landlords and coworking spaces was for flexibility over rent payments. For most this was their largest expenditure.

But coworkers also have a sense of ambition and opportunity. Short leases aren’t for cancelling, they’re also for trading up. We spoke to coworkers who had taken on new desks, or even offices, in spaces because they’d spotted an opportunity and gone for it. And they appreciated the flexibility of lease in allowing them to do this.

Choose suburban locations.

The creative industries are changing. The centre of most cities is expensive, as banks and IT firms are looking for more interesting locations to help them recruit staff, and they can pay more. So in lots of cities - like London - the creative industries are moving into the inner suburbs, nearer their homes and their children’s schools. In London, this means places like Hackney, where the Shoreditch Trust runs creative coworking spaces like iNDUSTRY. Almost all the coworkers there live near the centre.

local currency

 

In economics, a local currency, in its common usage, is a currency not backed by a national government (and not necessarily legal tender), and intended to trade only in a small area. As a tool of fiscal localism, local moneys can raise awareness of the state of the local economy, especially among those who may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with traditional bartering. These currencies are also referred to as community currency, and are a form of alternative currency or complementary currency. They encompass a wide range of forms, both physically and financially, and often are associated with a particular economic discourse.

Some money in Europe :

 

Belgium
        Lietaer
        RES
    Denmark
        Løn
        Artmoney
    France
        Abeille
        Occitan
        Heol
        RES
        SEL - Système d’Echange Local
        SOL Project
        Troc de Services
    Germany
        Approximately 300 Tauschringe (comparable to LETS)
        Berliner Regional
        Chiemgauer
        Hallertauler
        Joytopia
        KannWas
        Kirschblute
        Landmark
        Nahgold
        Palzer
        Roland
        Sterntaler
        Urstromtaler
        Zschopautaler
    Austria
        Langenegger Talente http://www.langenegg.at/
    Greece
        TEM
        Fasouli
        Ilios
        Mpoutsouni
        Ovolos
        Kaereti
        EMRO
    Netherlands
        STRO
        Qoin
        Caire.nu
        Noppes
        NU-spaarpas
        Duif
        Gelre
        RAAM
    Portugal
        Créditos de Permuta
    Spain
        Axarco (in Axarquía, Málaga)
        OSEL Murcia
        RES
    Switzerland
        WIR
        Sel du Lac
    Ukraine
        Regional Exchange System «Time Banking» (ROCSystem)
    United Kingdom
        Approximately 400 local exchange trading systems (LETS)
        Approximately 75 time banks
        Calderdale Green Currency
        Totnes pound[9]
        Lewes pound
        Bristol Pound
        Brixton pound[9]
        Stroud Pound[3]
    Italy
        Banca del Tempo
        EcoAspromonte
        Ecoroma
        REL Rete di Economia Locale
        SCEC: scecservice.org
        Simec
        Sistema di Reciprocità Indiretta
    Latvia
        Pilsetas Nauda[citation needed]
        Venti[10]
    Russia
        Billex (credit system based on gold bills, Tomsk)

share wat you make !

 

 

Instructables is a website specializing in user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects, which other users can comment on and rate for quality. It was created by Eric Wilhelm and Saul Griffith and launched in August 2005. Instructables is dedicated to step-by-step collaboration among members to build a variety of projects. Users post instructions to their projects, usually accompanied by visual aids, and then interact through comment sections below each Instructable step as well in topic forums.

 

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workshop Find out your "Sharing" footprint

 

Workshop aims to investigate a new increasing lifestyle of sharing called “collaborative consumption” which is connected to an emerging movement where the focus shifts from “me” to “us”. This Tool try to give a way to analyse the sharing perception or the “collaborative consumption” (1) footprint of each practice analyse.

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