Category: Speakers

Working Together…On Everything!

I hope that you had a chance to read the recent article on coworking in IEDC’s EDnow newsletter (It’s only available to members, so if you are an IEDC member, you can grab it here). It goes into some depth on the phenomenon of coworking and what it means to economic development. If you don’t already understand the concept of coworking, you can learn more by reading the article, checking out Deskmag, attending the Global Coworking Unconference Conference (shameless plug: I’ll be speaking about specialization in collaborative work environments), or better yet: VISIT A COWORKING SPACE AND LEARN WHAT THEY ARE UP TO. I think the author (Michael Stumpf) did a pretty good… Read More

The Other Law of the Jungle

I grew up in Western civilization, raised on Darwin’s, survival of the fittest worldview. No matter where you are on the evolution/creation theories, his competition, bloody tooth and claw perspective has become a pillar of our cultural heritage. It has been the prevailing influence in how we’ve run our businesses. “Eat or be eaten” and “It’s a jungle out there.” Yes, it is a jungle out there. And until very recently we’ve been making the nearly fatal mistake of following only one of the laws of he jungle – competition. But nature requires balance. For every force there is an equal and opposite force. Yes, competition is a law of the jungle…. Read More

7 Reasons You Need to be at GCUC in 2013.

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you should attend GCUC this year, we have a few reasons for why you should: If you own a coworking space, you already know first-hand how beneficial networking can be to your business. At GCUC, you’ll have the opportunity to meet hundreds of coworking visionaries and share ideas with them and learn from them. As you already know, coworking space owners are some of the smartest, most innovative people you will find, so this opportunity cannot be underestimated. If you don’t own a coworking space but have a product marketed toward coworking, you get an even bigger opportunity to network with coworking… Read More

Guest Blogger, Don Ball, shares: Lessons From 2 years in the Coworking Business

Guest blogger and GCUC speaker, Don Ball, shares the lessons he has learned from being in the Coworking business with CoCo for two years. He will be participating on the “Ask a Coworking Owner” panel at GCUC. We didn’t make a big deal of it, but on January 4th we celebrated CoCo’s 2nd anniversary. That is, if you consider a simple handshake a celebration. (We seem to have trouble stopping to admire the view – there’s just too much to get done!) In an nutshell, we opened our first space in Lowertown St. Paul in January 2010. Then, last July, we opened a space in Minneapolis, on the trading floor of the… Read More