The April issue of Albuquerque the Magazine has a great article on future trends this month. One of the trends they’ve noticed is The Office of the Future, coworking. Ideas and Coffee was the coworking space they visited, but they also mention the Coworking Alliance. Check it out! Office-of-the-Future
It’s first thing in the morning and I just opened our coworking space. Turned on the lights, opened the blinds, turned on the tunes, started the coffee brewing, and plugged in my Air. I’ve got a list of things to do today on my calendar, a few post-it notes stuck to my desk, and a few things floating around in my head that I really want to get started, but…I’m just not feeling very inspired. So far everything just looks like a chore that I don’t want to do. In fact, when I’m working alone, everything I had wanted to do when I scheduled it or scribbled it on that post-it note is quickly ruined by this vague feeling of, “I don’t wanna.”
Then my first coworker of the day walks in the door. After a, “good morning!” and a bit of catching up over the coffee pot, I sit back down at my computer and realize: I just got smarter. I’m starting to feel energized, motivated, inspired. As I’m getting to work, my second, third, fourth coworker comes in, some greetings fly around, a couple of them start working together on a project they’re collaborating on…and I get even smarter. Now I’m really digging in and starting to get excited about one of the big projects I have schedule for later in the day, I just have to knock out some maintenance stuff, updating event postings, responding to a few emails, some renewal billing…boring stuff, but I get it done fast and move on to the fun stuff. I have a new idea about the project that I hadn’t had before that is juicy enough for me to turn around to my nearest coworker and share. They love it! They say, “Oooh! And you could add….” And the idea gets better. I’m in the zone. I feel brilliant; I am brilliant.
By the time I’m done, my eyes are starting to water and my head is starting to hurt, and I am no longer a reliable proofreader or judge of my own work. I need another pair of eyes, eyes I trust. I look around, see who doesn’t have their noise-cancelling headphones on, and call on one of my coworkers who is particularly good at editing to ask if she has a few minutes to take a look. She does, and after her review, I’ve corrected a few typos (one would have been particularly ugly had it gone out; I misspelled my own company name) and feel confident posting it to the world.
Whew! A job well done. Damn, am I smart. Now I can go grab some lunch with some coworkers who I can hear are in the kitchen brainstorming about a new title for one of their newsletters, and I can feel it coming on: I’m about to get even smarter.
Get smarter. Cowork.
The Albuquerque Coworking Alliance is happy to welcome another new coworking space, The Produce Company. This coworking space is expected to open in March of 2014 and is located at 600 1st street, suite 211. We’ll get more information for you as it becomes available. The Produce Company is planning to join the Visa Program making one more awesome place you can work at in the greater Albuquerque area.
The coworking alliance is working on making coworking in Albuquerque even more valuable by introducing a coworking Visa. If you’re a member in one of the Visa supporting coworking spaces you’ll be able to cowork for up to a fourth of your allotted time in any other Visa friendly space. Cooperating spaces so far are Convivium, Ideas and Coffee and The Sandbox (formerly TeamworkWorks). We hope to be adding other spaces soon! Contact your coworking space to ask about getting your Visa.
We welcome a new addition to Albuquerque’s vibrant coworking community. Team WORK is located in the South Valley in the cafe of the South Valley Economic Development Center.
Concentrating on educational opportunities surrounding website design Team WORK offers a unique collaborative environment. For more information on their programs and hours check them out at teamworkworks.org.
The ABQ Coworking group is an organization of coworking spaces located in Albuquerque, NM. We’re interesting in promoting coworking, a new way to look at work based on collaboration, knowledge sharing, and helping other members of the coworking community. This international trend of forming like minded communities of small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers has now reached New Mexico.
Visit us here for notifications on up and coming events.
When: Monday, Sept. 9, 9am to 5pm
Where: Visit all five!
1. Ideas & Coffee – 5021 Indian School Rd NE #500
2. Newton’s Cradle – 4310 Central Ave SE Ste A
3. TechLove – 3901 Central Ave NE
4. Quelab – 1112 2nd St NW
5. Convivium Coworking – 5924 Anaheim Ave NE Ste A
Cost: Free to Tech Fiesta ticket holders (see http://www.techfiestaabq.com/)
Experience the many flavors of coworking in ABQ! Take a self-guided tour of the five coworking spaces of the ABQ Coworking Alliance (www.abqcoworking.com). Visit each space (and prove that you did!*) and you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes.
Bring your computer and be ready to cowork, connect and collaborate! Post with #coworkingcrawlabq to let everyone know what you’re working on, what help you need, what help you can offer, and any other cool things going on during the crawl!
If you are a member of a group like AIGA, OpenHack, etc., look for an announcement from your group about which coworking space is your home base for the crawl.
* Each space will provide a photo opportunity. Take a picture of yourself at each photo opp, email all five photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, and you are entered to win one of several prizes (such as a free month of coworking at the space of your choice, O’Niell’s gift card, six months of webhosting with SWCP). Receive a bonus entry in the drawing if you include a photo of your carpool group! We will gather at O’Niells, 4310 Central Avenue SE, at 5:30pm to imbibe and award prizes, but you need not be present to win.