We have been inundated with questions since we put up our Wyndham Coworking ConnectHACK event for the 4th September!
So what is a HACK?
Well the tech side talk about teams designing code or creating apps around solving a problem. In our context we are talking about diverse teams coming together and framing the challenge and the opportunity in a fresh way. The idea being open and willing to work through and challenge your thinking and get a broader perspective and vision than is normally possible within our roles and responsibilities.
Dr Google says:
From these definitions, you can get an idea that a hack is a procedure or a way of doing something that:
- Demonstrates cleverness or ingenuity
- Solves a meaningful problem
- Is not a common or well-known solution to the problem
- May not be the most straightforward or appropriate solution.
What our hack is designed to do! –
Get us connecting as one and engaging in meaningful and open conversations around the challenges and opportunities around our 20 minute neighbourhood – Hopefully some great insights and perspective and brilliant ideas come out of this – but most important of all we will have experienced a day of re-imagining our future and collaborating and designing a shared vision and building relationships with those equally invested in our community.
This leads us to another loaded question:
What is coworking?
Dr Google again is quite useful in defining it:
Coworking is a style of work that involves a shared working environment, often an office, and independent activity. Unlike in a typical office environment, those coworking are usually not employed by the same organization.
Hub Australia explains it quite well:
Coworking is still an emerging industry and while many people are now familiar with the term it is sometimes hard to explain to the outside what it is and why we do it. But don’t worry we’re here to help.
Coworking revolves around the concept that even if you are working on your own that doesn’t mean you need to be alone. And we’re not just talking in the singular. Small teams are often just as isolated as the individual and when you’re starting your own small company or even working for a big one but are all alone in a different location to the rest of the team it can lead to feelings of isolation. And any poet and philosopher can explain why isolation is bad for the soul.
Isolation is not just that the cat is the only thing you’ve spoken to all day. Although it is a common complaint, not only of the individual but whoever they’re living with, as it tends to lead to that person pouncing on their housemates as soon as they get home. This is bad. But what is worse is feeling as if you are alone in your struggles. And the fact of the matter is you aren’t. You just haven’t found your tribe yet. Read more here
At BizBuddyHub we have focused on creating coworking friendly spaces and a collaborative community of many groups, interests and talents with a passion for living, working and supporting local.
Our friend and mentor Tim Mahlberg – PhD Future of Work – defines it as “The new places where people work, businesses grow, and corporates connect” I was lucky enough to secure a printed copy of his new book – Coworking Spaces Australia – but you can access a digital version here
What is at the Heart of it all?
We believe the heart of it all is community and connection – a very real human need to connect and belong and that cohesive community starts by being inclusive, having empathy, listening, building relationships and trust. In this space we are able to reframe challenges into potential solutions and are able to collaborate on ideas and opportunities that we simply cannot on our own.
The next level of community building video – which I filmed and the Global Coworking Unconference in Melbourne is a must watch – if you havent already.
Will you join us on Monday for our Wyndham Coworking ConnectHACK?