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This curated collection of articles is jam packed full of actionable advice and insights to help save you time and headaches in a spectrum of topics related coworking, collaborative culture, and communties.

Coworking

I. Uncut Interview: When Coworking Spaces Fail

In late 2012, Deskmag guest contributor Michelle Leddon interviewed me via email for a piece on Coworking Space Failures.

The article went live, but left out a lot of the context that I tried to provide for the conversation. With permission, I’m sharing the rest of the interview for benefit of others.

Thank you to Michelle for putting the piece together, and including me in the research, and asking questions that I don’t get asked often enough.

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Author: Alex Hillman Date: October 12, 2012

II. Losing Our Religion

As much as I appreciate the connectedness that the coworking industry practices, one thing that I think is horribly missing from the global conversation about coworking is a deeper conversation with the communities of people who aren’t owners, operators, and enthusiasts.

I’ve gotten the sense that unless it’s for praise, most coworking space members aren’t comfortable speaking up as a part of this global community.

I think that’s a shame. This link contains a glimpse of what we might hear if they did:

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Author: Alex Hillman Date: June 4, 2013

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Collaborative Culture

I. Nine causes of conflict

When you start looking into coworking communities and other collaborative, open workspaces, you’ll hear a lot about the new ideas, innovative solutoins, and creative inspiration that they provide.

What you don’t hear a lot about is the messy side of these environments; what happens when people don’t get automatically along like best friends?

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Author: Alex Hillman Date: June 4, 2013


II. A story of two farmers

Two brothers lived in the country on their father’s farm. When their father grew ill before planting season, they became panicked, as he had always done all the planning for the farm. Short on both money and experience, both boys put out a call to their neighbors to help them by bringing them any excess seeds they may have so that they could plant them in their fields.

When the father was well enough to examine the results of the season he asked each of the brothers what they had learned from their experience. When they had spoken he wrote their wisdom down and posted it on the wall of the barn.

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Author: Joel Bennett Date: December, 2012

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Communities & Cities

I. Recruitment vs. retention

How much of your energy is focused on growing your community by adding new people to the roster?

I bet your answer is “most of my energy, Alex”. And I bet that you’re used to being overwhelmed by that fact. A big part of that overwhelm rooted in the feeling that you can’t add new members fast enough, or that your hard work just doesn’t seem to pay off.

It’s easy to fall into this trap. It’s not as easy to get out. The only way to escape is to change your focus to the one factor that’s most likely to be putting a strangle-hold on your growth efforts: retention.

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Author: Alex Hillman Date: December 18, 2012


II. The Subcommunity Shuffle

When finding yourself in a leadership position, you’ve probably been tempted (and maybe even tried) to wrangle or squeeze a group of people closer together in hopes of a tighter community.

But maybe you noticed that it was as effective as squeezing sand - the community seemed to run right through your fingers. That’s because in spite of your best intentions, there’s never just one community.

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Author: Alex Hillman Date: July 31, 2013


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