Category: Beginnings

Behind the Scenes with GCUC’s Creator, Liz Elam: Meditation, Meaning and Making a Difference

Liz Elam is the wizard behind the magic of GCUC. Having entered the world of coworking in 2010 after founding Link Coworking in Austin, she has served as a fearless, quirky, open-hearted leader of the movement ever since. We chatted about what keeps her motivated after five years in coworking, what advice she’d give herself of 10 years ago, and what new things we can expect at GCUC 2015. Amy: You’ve been in coworking for a long time now, Liz. What keeps you motivated and passionate when it comes to coworking? What keeps you in the game? Liz: Coworking is about so much more that just a place to work. We get… Read More

A Fail Wail Tale

One of the things I love most about being a part of the larger coworking community is the spirit of sharing between people who are still trying to figure it all out. The first year — or three — can be a rollercoaster of victories and defeats, but there are literally hundreds of people out there more than willing to share the things they have found to work for them. During the first year of building our community I was fortunate enough to get endless amounts of amazing advice from veteran coworking space operators around the world and it made all the difference between continuing on and throwing in the towel. The… Read More

10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Coworking

For both veterans and newbies, space managers and members—here are 10 coworking resources, facts and tips you should definitely know about. The Coworking Visa lets members of one space work at others for free. If you are a member of a coworking space anywhere in the world, be sure to ask if that space is a part of the Coworking Visa program. Created to help us do our work on the road, the Visa allows active members of a space to work at other coworking spaces around the world for free for a set number of days. You can view the complete list of participating spaces at the Wiki page or see things… Read More

8 Wimpy Ways to Boost Community Engagement

by Melissa Geissinger, President & COO of WIMP and General Manager of WIMPspace At WIMP we say “Ask a person, not a search engine.” At WIMPspace our slogan is “Cowork. Colearn. Coexist.” Here are some ways that you can host meetups and build a colearning community that impacts more than just your coworkers. 1.  Make them free. Don’t create a price barrier that will exclude people from attending and participating. Instead encourage a $5 – 10 donation. You’ll be surprised the amount of money you still get, especially when you have someone at the door to greet your guests as they arrive. 2.  Don’t set up any chairs. This may seem like… Read More

Colearning Before Coworking

by Melissa Geissinger, President & COO of WIMP and General Manager of WIMPspace  A geek. A nerd. A dork. If you’re anything like me (a 30-something tech entrepreneur who built her first website in 1996), you’ve been called at least one of these things at some point in your life. The crazy thing? These days it’s actually cool to be identified as one. Well these days if you wander the streets of Santa Rosa, California, about an hour north of San Francisco, and someone yells, “Hey! You’re a Wimp!” fear no more – that’s actually a good thing.  The North Bay is a very rural area. Think farms, wineries, redwood trees, rolling… Read More