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We work hard. We work smart. But sometimes, we overwork ourselves. Listen to this tale of my recent run-in with burnout, some of the worst I've ever had. Learn how to spot burnout in yourself and others, and how you can work together to recover from burnout. I can tell you this: the moment we finished recording this episode, I felt better. 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 look at the reality of what coworking spaces offer a city and how it's value can and should be shared with those investing in them. The first thing to consider when vying for you coworking space in the city is why? Ask yourself not only how can you make your space successful, but what does that success look like to your city government? Though Philadelphia maintains its consistency in "brotherly love" and cheesesteak championing, the inherent politics embedded in it's government policies can and will change and so Indy Hall's position within those politics has to as well. 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.
Adventure into Session #6 of The Coworking Weekly Show, which is the second part of a conversation between Adam Teterus and I, recapping our experience at the annual Coworking Europe Conference, which this year was held in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. I hope you're ready for a very intimate, very real peek "behind the curtain" of our conference experience! Being that this is part two of the series, and we do refer to the first conversation a few times, if I were in your shoes I’d go back and listen to Session 5 to get caught up. If you don’t mind your conversations as a bit more of a jigsaw puzzle then by all means, keep on listening. In this conversation, Adam and I talk about our highlights from the conferences: the sessions that we got the most out of, and the connections conversations that stuck with us. Some highlights of our highlights include: Did anything stand out to us as different (better or worse) from years previous? (yes) What could you tell about the attendees just by looking at the unconference board? And the results of our challenge from episode 1! But the conversation really heats up when we start to talk about the bigger picture: how do we take the experiences and lessons from the conference home with us to our communities, our team members, our collaborators… Cuz here’s the real deal: this conversation isn’t just about the Coworking Europe Conference, it’s about our how we do our everyday work and what “happens next” for coworking. You really don’t want to miss this conversation. I know it’s easy to overuse that phrase, “you really don’t want to miss”, but I truly mean it with this session. Adam and I really let ourselves get honest about some tough realities in this session. Listen. Now. I promise this session will be worth your time. :) Links mentioned in this episode http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2011/11/sex-coworking-and-rock-n-roll/ Get the next session right when it's released by subscribing! Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher And you can sign up for free Coworking Weekly emails to get future episodes first (along with DVD extras and more from behind the scenes) right in your inbox. p.s. thanks to Umberto Martino and Adriano Martino for our theme music! If and only if you've gotten some value from me... ...on this podcast, my newsletter, my blog, or something else, it would mean the world to me if you took a moment to leave a review for this show on iTunes. <3 If you're not sure how to leave a review, tweet me and let me know, I'll do my best to help.
Could coworking be an alternative to going to college? Well, it depends. Consider the question: how do you want to succeed? In this episode we consider why coworking might be a better option for those who want a more hands on approach to working on what they're passionate about as well as, how the diversity, resources and opportunities of a coworking space are not dissimilar to that of a college campus. With a little ingenuity you'll find there a ton of awesome opportunities that coworking can offer your career, not the least of which could be a scholarship program like the one we're experimenting with at Indy Hall... 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 :)
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 :)
In this super-fast 10 minute session, I'll answer the NUMBER ONE question that I've gotten over and over and over.... Episode two is an experiment, a mini-episode where I focus on a single question that I've gotten from a Coworking Weekly subscriber. Then in plain english, I'll give an answer. Simple, right? If you love this episode, let me know and send me your best questions. If I get really good questions, I'll keep doing #askcoworkingweekly mini-episodes! Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher Subscribe to CoworkingWeekly emails to get future episodes first (and more from behind the scenes) in your inbox. p.s. thanks to Umberto Martino and Adriano Martino for our theme music! A bit of housekeeping! I've been absolutely LOVING the ideas you've been sending in for topics, segments, guests, and more. PLEASE keep that coming. Tweet me: @alexhillman or email alex@indyhall.org The Coworking Weekly Show is now listed in iTunes which means we're ALSO showing up in search for popular podcasting apps like iCatcher, Podkicker, Instacast, Overcast...or wherever you like listen to podcasts. And by popular demand, we're now listed in Stitcher Radio, too! Now you can subscribe in your favorite listening app :) If and only if you've gotten some value from me on this podcast, my newsletter, my blog, or something else...it would mean the world to me if you took a moment to leave a review on this show. <3 If you're not sure how to leave a review, tweet me and let me know, I'll do my best to help. Thank you, thank you. -Alex
Hey, welcome to 2015! If you're joining us for the first time, this is a show where you get to be a fly on the wall for a very candid conversation between people with lots of different community building expertise - ranging from community management in a coworking space to building massive online learning communities. My goal is to help you learn how my guests and I connect the dots, solve problems, and understand the communities around us. We're kicking off the first show of the year with the return of The Stack, a style of episode we debuted back in episode 3. That also means that today I’m joined again by learning community researcher, Indy Hall member, and dear friend Vanessa Gennarelli. Like we did in the last episode of The Stack, Vanessa and I navigate our way through a “stack” of three topics that we’ve chosen ahead of time….but that aren't related in any obvious way. On The Stack for this session: Fractals Adulthood Trust And of course since this is the coworking weekly show, we tie those topics back to practical examples in coworking and community building. As always, we find ourselves in some unexpected places. This week, that includes fractals, tentacles, and the Philadelphia Mummers. Yep. Let's get to the stack. p.s. Vanessa included this note along with the links she sent along for the show notes below, and I thought it'd be worth including here: "Maybe it's not narcissism that I check as I get older, but understanding my own inability to forecast how things will change..." Links and references worth reading To build a strong community, stop “community managing”, be a Tummler instead. Erik Erickson, Stages of Psychosocial development Finding Your Crew: Cohorts, Peer Feedback and Measurement in Learning Communities P2PU Report: Play With Your Music: http://reports.p2pu.org/play-with-your-music/ Kruger, J., & Dunning, D. (1999). Unskilled and unaware of it: how difficulties in recognizing one's own incompetence lead to inflated self-assessments. Journal of personality and social psychology, 77(6), 1121. Stanford DSchool "I Like I Wish What If" Critical Learning Response Process Dan Gilbert "You are always changing" TED talk "...probably has to do with the ease of remembering versus the difficulty of imagining." Get new episodes right when they drop Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher Subscribe to CoworkingWeekly emails to get future episodes first (and more from behind the scenes) in your inbox.
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 :)
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 :)
Welcome back for part 2 of our "moving plans" episode. Last time, we focused on how we prioritize and organize everything that needs to happen. If you're new to the show this episode, you might want to listen to EP30 before diving into this one. Then again, if you like your lessons a bit more like a jigsaw puzzle, listen on! Today, we're wrapping the conversation up with the most important (and most often forgotten) part of the process: including the community in the process. If you're looking towards opening your first coworking space, or considering a move of your own at some point in the future, there's a TON to learn from our approach. We have lots more to share so be sure to subscribe to The Coworking Weekly Show to get PART TWO of this discussion, where we pull back the curtain on the most crucial part of our coworking playbook: how I include our community in the process. Stay tuned! For an even more complete collection of lessons learned from building our community, check out our audio book "The First Ten." It's the story of how we built our community before opening a coworking space, and the most important lessons you should learn before your even opened your doors. 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 :)
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 :)
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 :)
Session 3 is here! I invited my friend Vanessa Gennarelli to join me for a new recurring segment that we're calling "The Stack". Vanessa is a community builder of a special sort: she works specifically on learning communities, and is trained as a researcher in the field. What does that mean for you, though? In "The Stack", I choose 3 topics that are related to community building and coworking...though the connections might not be obvious at first. As you listen to this candid conversation, you'll get a glimpse into how Vanessa and I - two community professionals in VERY different fields - connect the dots, solve problems, and observe the world around us. I promise you this: you're absolutely, positively going to have your worldview expanded. Guaranteed, or your money back! On The Stack for this session: Accreditation (wtf is that)? How we create goals Open governance Get new episodes right when they drop Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher Subscribe to CoworkingWeekly emails to get future episodes first (and more from behind the scenes) in your inbox. I don't know if you saw this when I tweeted it, but we hit the podcast charts HARD in the Business category on iTunes. Thanks to your listening, sharing, rating, and reviewing, we hit the #9 spot! I'm overwhelmed, amazed, and grateful. Thank you, so much. I'll keep bringing it if you keep showing up! <3 -Alex Links from the show Emergent Research: 200k+ coworkers in 2014. 1MM by 2018 Vanessa is a part of P2Pu Ignite Philly talk on Coworking + Education circa 2008 Aaron Schapp & CoLearning at The Factory Dan Gilbert on Happiness Episode 1 - Adam talks about what he wanted to accomplish when he started working for Indy Hall Holocracy, a.k.a. "management laundering" Reid Hoffman (not Reid Erickson)'s deck on teams and culture How P2PU does Open Governance How members of Indy Hall get a key Exercise for aligning goals
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 :)
How trust is earned in the workplace, why it's most often missing, and what we can learn from coworking spaces to make better coworking spaces and more productive, innovative, powerful organizations. “Organizations have many examples of when people need to be working together in order to accomplish their goals, but they don’t work together and in some cases, they work against each other. Then you have examples in coworking places when people don’t need to work together, but they do.” Special thank you to Pilar Orti for allowing me to re-publish this episode from her show "21st Century Work Life". I had a ton of fun recording this episode. Let me know what you think! Save $10 on the Indy Hall Community Building Audiobook Before I started Indy Hall, I had nothing. No experience. No money. Almost no network in my city. Today we've created a world-renowned community with hundreds of thriving members. But how? Find out: http://www.theindyhallway.com/ten/ and use the code "virtualnotdistant" at checkout to save $10. 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 :)
In this quick and easy Q/A session we talk about the importance of the coworking ambience, more specifically, the tunes, and how garnering a positive work atmosphere encourages that quintessential collaborative rhythm. This is our first episode produced in our brand new space! Expect much more where this came from and follow our journey here. 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 :)
This past Friday I went to the first Coworking Asia Unconference in Ubud, Bali. Okay, so I didn't quite go to Bali for the weekend...but I did join for a Q&A session at the top of the second day thanks to the magic of the internet + Google Hangouts. Photo by Aulia Masna The answers I covered include: My #1 trick to get the most out of ANY unconference. How to avoid burnout in your team members. (Note: many coworking space community mangers seem to crash after about a year) Why coworking space acquisitions are rare, and consistently fail One of my favorite examples of using lessons learned in coworking to create new successful ventures What NOT to do when building your community You can also view more tweets and AMAZING photos from the Q&A. Next January - I'll be there in person! Get the next episode automatically Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher Subscribe to CoworkingWeekly emails to get future episodes first (and more from behind the scenes) in your inbox.
Bon día, Coworking Weekly listeners! This session was the first of a multi-part conversation recorded live at the Coworking Europe conference which we attended in beautiful Lisbon, Portugal last week. This isn’t just a recap of the talks, though…in this session of The Coworking Weekly Show Adam and I share some tips for how to get more out of coworking conferences just like this one. We also spend a surprising amount of time discussing plants. That's right, leafy green things…and it's a more relevant than you probably think. Finally, I ended this session by issuing a challenge for how we could really mold our conference experience into something extraordinary. Get the next part of this conversation by subscribing! Subscribe in iTunes: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-itunes Subscribe in Stitcher: http://bit.ly/coworkingweekly-stitcher And you can sign up for free Coworking Weekly emails to get future episodes first (along with DVD extras and more from behind the scenes) right in your inbox. p.s. thanks to Umberto Martino and Adriano Martino for our theme music! If and only if you've gotten some value from me... ...on this podcast, my newsletter, my blog, or something else, it would mean the world to me if you took a moment to leave a review for this show on iTunes. <3 If you're not sure how to leave a review, tweet me and let me know, I'll do my best to help.
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 :)
Hellooooo and welcome to 2016! If you listened to the last episode of the Coworking Weekly Show you learned that 2016 is a big year for us…because we’re being squeezed out of our long-time coworking home by greedy landlords. Ugh. We ended the last episode with a cliffhanger ending - you learned how I avoided a knee-jerk reaction that could send our community into a panicked tailspin. This episode picks up where we left off in episode 14, as we dive into the details of how we systematically collected our community’s thoughts through a series of Town Hall meetings, and then pivoted into action mode in a way that’s actually brought our community closer together…in spite of the painful change we were facing. Important themes in part 2 of this convo include staying honest and authentic while communicating with your team and the rest of the community about the issue at hand. Quick Links & Highlighted Quotes [7:10] How we used Town Hall conversations to collect our community’s ideas and concerns. [13:00] How to gain trustworthiness, and why it’s so important [15:20] A slight diversion from the main topic: how do you communicate with your community when it feels like they’re just not listening to anything you say [26:44] “Don’t throw your limited darts without planning and knowing where the dartboard even is.” Links mentioned in this episode Town Hall Recap #1 Town hall Recap #2 3 more public examples of how we execute transparency with our community http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2015/07/an-open-letter/ http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2015/08/2-immediate-ways-for-members-to-help-with-the-future-of-indy-hall/ http://dangerouslyawesome.com/2015/08/holy-crap/ I really want to hear from you If you listen all the way to the end of this episode you’ll hear a very specific request for YOUR stories. If you have something you’d like to share, or something you’d like to hear more of on the Coworking Weekly Show in the future, I want you to say so! You can email me at alex@indyhall.org or tweet at me: @alexhillman I’m not kidding - for some reason people think that if they email me it’ll automatically go into some folder and never be read. Quite the opposite. I read EVERY email. I promise. :) Support the show and get the next episode I’m growing the team that makes this show happen! This episode is the first one that I didn’t produce myself, so say hello to my new producer Mike Mehalick. Say hi, Mike! So here’s the scoop: Mike and I are working hard on a brand new production workflow this year so you’re going to be seeing new episodes of the show dropping MUCH more often (not like it’d be hard to drop new episodes more often than every 5 months). We’re gonna shoot for weekly and see how it lands. Lots of awesome stuff to come, I promise, and you don’t want to miss this. Subscribe however you like to subscribe, here’s some handy links for you: Suscribe in Overcast Suscribe in iTunes Get the RSS Feed Suscribe via Email
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Nov 7th, 2014
Latest Episode
Jun 19th, 2017
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