In my role at WORKUP, I’m always looking to other coworking spaces to inspire me with new ideas for community events, marketing tips, and even little things that will simply bring energy to our space. This means that I follow a ton of coworking blogs, sign up for a lot of other spaces e-newsletters, and even hit the road to visit other coworking communities.
A few weeks ago, I got an email from one of my favorite community building gurus, Alex Hillman, at Indy Hall in Philadelphia. Some of their Indy Hall team members were creative enough to put together a private group/professional club for community builders called Braintrust. Basically, the email was inviting me to participate. I read through the Braintrust webpage which explained what it was all about (okay, I’ll be honest, I read it top to bottom about 5 times) and finally decided, “I have to be a part of this!” It seemed like the perfect opportunity to get connected with even more coworking spaces, collaborate with other industry leaders and bring new perspective to everything I do without having to actually leave WORKUP. (Technology is a life saver sometimes.) So, I thoughtfully filled out the application – they were only accepting 10 people out of who knows how many – crossed my fingers and waited for a response.
A couple days later, I found out that I had been accepted! Flash forward a few weeks, and we’ve already had our first 90-minute introductory session. I can’t even begin to describe how cool it was to chat with these people and feel a sense of comradery right off the bat. It immediately reassured me that I had made the right decision.
In case you’re interested, here’s the list of coworking spaces I to get to learn from over the course of the next 3 months:
- TMRW | South London | tmrw.co
- Indy Hall | Philadelphia, PA | indyhall.org
- Cowork QC | Davenport, IA | coworkqc.com
- Anchor Space | Bar Harbor, MA | anchorspace.com
- Cohub | Eastborn, UK | cohub.co.uk
- Ground Work | New Bedford, MA | newbedfordcoworking.com
- Jelinek Creative Space | Savannah, GA | jelinekcreativespaces.com
- Orange Coworking | Austin, TX | orangecoworking.com/en
- Local Works | Charleston, NC | localworkscharleston.org
Needless to say, I’m incredibly excited to see where Braintrust takes me. But more importantly, I can’t wait to see where it will take WORKUP. Stay tuned.